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Understanding Riemann Zeta functions for s=1/3

  1. Jan 30, 2012 #1
    Hi guys

    I'm trying to understand Riemann Zeta functions particularly for s=1/3

    I know [tex]\zeta(s)=\sum_{n=1}^\infty\frac{1}{n^s}[/tex]

    and converges for Re(s)>1

    Ok, but what about for s=1/3, then


    Theoretically it should not converge, but when I put [tex]\zeta(1/3)[/tex] on Wolfram I get approximately -0,9

    May you kindly explain me this result, please?


    Why? Because I'm trying to solve this problem:

    where [tex]\left[x\right] =[/tex] is the Greatest Integer function

    And I thought Riemann Zeta functions might be the solutions...

    Any tips?

    Thank a lot in advance guys for your support...
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  3. Jan 30, 2012 #2

    Char. Limit

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    Wolfram-Alpha gives that result mainly because the Riemann Zeta Function formula you're using, i.e.

    [tex]\zeta(s) = \sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{1}{n^s}[/tex]

    Only applies when Re(n)>1. Since the number you're using doesn't fit that application, we have to use a different formula, usually this one:

    [tex]\zeta(s) = \frac{1}{\Gamma(s)} \int_0^\infty \frac{x^{s-1}}{e^x - 1} dx[/tex]

    That formula should give you a solution to Zeta(1/3). But I don't think it'll apply in this problem.
  4. Jan 30, 2012 #3
    ok, thank you so very much for your attention...

    I'll continue thinking on the subject...

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