The Bernoulli numbers are the rational numbers $B_n$ defined as the coefficients in the expansion $\frac{x}{e^x-1} = \sum_{n \geq 0} B_n \frac{x^n}{n!}$. They vanish when $n$ is odd and greater than $2$. They appear in the values at integers of the Riemann $\zeta$ function. These classical numbers ...

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Why do Bernoulli numbers arise everywhere?

I have seen Bernoulli numbers many times, and sometimes very surprisingly. They appear in my textbook on complex analysis, in algebraic topology, and of course, number theory. Things like the criteria ...
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What does the generating function $x/(1 - e^{-x})$ count?

Let $x$ be a formal (or small, since the function is analytic) variable, and consider the power series $$ A(x) = \frac{x}{1 - e^{-x}} = \sum_{m=0}^\infty \left( -\sum_{n=1}^\infty ...
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Riemann's $\zeta$ function and the uniform distribution on $[-1,0]$

http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/64566/riemanns-zeta-function-and-the-uniform-distribution-on-1-0 Stackexchange isn't getting really excited about this, so here it is. The $n$th cumulant of ...
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A conjecture on p-divisibility of Bernoulli numbers

Is anyone aware of the history of the following conjecture on the $p$-divisibility of (the numerators) of Bernoulli numbers? CONJECTURE: For $p$ an odd prime, and $k$ even with $2 \leq k \leq p-3$, ...
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For a given even integer $k >14$ is there always a prime $p$ such that $k \leq p-3$ and $p|B_k$?

Let $k$ be a sufficiently large positive even integer. (I think $k > 14$ should do.) Can one always find a prime $p$ such that $p$ divides the numerator of the $k$-th Bernoulli number $B_k$ and $k ...
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computing Bernoulli numbers

Is there a good way to compute the ratio ( B[n] / n! ) that occurs so often in power series coefficients? Good in the sense that you get an answer that does not overflow a double; the largest n such ...
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Sign of coefficients

Let $a_0,a_1,\dots$ be the sequence satisfying $$ \left(\sum_{n=0}^\infty a_n x^n\right)\left(\sum_{n=0}^\infty \frac{x^n}{n+1}\right)=1. $$ This means that $a_0=1$ and ...
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zeta(3) in Euler's Section 153

Jeffery Lagarias, in his recent article Euler's constant: Euler's work and modern developments in the AMS Bulletin, mentions that Euler obtained $\zeta(3)={{2\pi^3 b(3/2)}\over 3}$ for some "Bernoulli ...
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P-Adic poly Bernoulli numbers

we can define p-adic Bernoulli polynomials by using q-integral on $Z_p$ and T.Kim's method, But how can we define p-adic poly-Bernoulli numbers and polynomials by using integral on $Z_p$ ?
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What is $p$-adic Fourier series?

Q1: Can we define Fourier series for a function $\mathbb{Z}_p\to \mathbb{Q}_p$? Q2: There are (in a real case) Bernoulli polynomials which have the most simple Fourier expansion: ...