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Hermite Lindemann and transcendental reals

This is about compass and straightedge constructions, although I suspect nothing changes if we expand to real numbers algebraic over the rationals. Anyway, let $E$ be the "constructible numbers," ...
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Algebraically Independent Numbers and Affine Linear Maps

Suppose I have two lists $\alpha_1,\dots,\alpha_k$ and $\beta_1,\dots,\beta_k$ of real numbers such that all $2k$ numbers are mutually algebraically-independent over the rationals. For each $i \in ...
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Numbers with known finite irrationality measure greater than 2

For a real number $\alpha$, let the irrationality measure $\mu(\alpha) \in \mathbb{R}\cup \{\infty\}$ be defined as the supremum of all real numbers $\mu$ such that $$ \left| ...
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Random Sequence : Definition of [closed]

"A sequence of bits is random if there exists no Program shorter than it which can produce the same sequence." ~ Kolmogorov Q: How do the digits of Pi fall as a random sequence based on the above ...
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Why is it hard to prove that the Euler Mascheroni constant is irrational?

Philosophically why should proving that $\gamma$ is irrational (let alone transcendental) be so much harder than proving $\pi$ or $e$ are irrational?
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What was Lambert's solution to $x^m+x=q$?

I've been thinking about Lambert's Trinomial Equation quite a bit, and I want to see his solution. The only solution I could find was in Euler's form, and I still don't quite understand how he got ...
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quasi periodic continued fractions and powers of e, tanh, tan

It is well known that some transcendental numbers like e.g. rational multiples of $e^{2/n}$ with $n\in\mathbb N $, when written as regular continued fractions (R.C.F.), yield what can be called a ...
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Transcendental numbers that are “suspected” to be algebraically dependent without conjectured relation?

I am experimenting with a solver for finding algebraic dependencies and would like to test it on more data sets. Are there transcendental numbers that are "suspected" to be algebraically dependent ...
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Is this seemingly novel irrational constant also transcendental?

I recently discovered a constant that is constructed as follows: $\chi=\sum_{n=1}^\infty (\frac{\cos{n}}{2|\cos{n}|}+\frac{1}{2}) 2^{-n}$ Furthermore I can prove that it is an irrational number ...
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Finding purely transcendental parts of field extensions

If we have a field $K$ such that $K\cong K(t)$ (i.e. it is isomorphic to the field you get if you adjoin one transcendental) then is there necessarily a subfield $L\lt K$ such that $L\ncong L(t)$ and ...
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Connections of results in Harmonic analysis in the theory of Transcendental Numbers

An entire function $f$ is said to be of exponential type if there exist constants $c$ and $k$ such that $|f(z)|\leq c e^{k |z|}$. A famous result of Polya says if $f$ is an entire function of ...
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Euler's divergent series sum n!*(-1)^n: what is known about the resulting constant?

Much of the theory of continued fractions has been developped by Euler in the 18th century. The little survey "Euler: continued fractions and divergent series (and Nicholas Bernoulli)", mentions ...
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Is this number already known to be transcendental? Is there a survey about up-to-date trascendence results?

Is the number $\sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{1}{2^{n^2}}$ known to be transcendental? Is there a survey with up-to-date transcendence results?
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Extending transcendental numbers to multivariate polynomials [closed]

Transcendental numbers are a well-known phenomenon: a number $x$ is transcendental if no polynomial with integer coefficients has $x$ as its root, or $p(x)\neq0$ for all polynomials $p$ with integer ...
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What is the simplest, most elementary proof that a particular number is transcendental?

I teach, among many other things, a class of wonderful and inquisitive 7th graders. We've recently been studying and discussing various number systems (N, Z, Q, R, C, algebraic numbers, and even ...
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Have all numbers with “sufficiently many zeros” been proven transcendental?

Any number less than 1 can be expressed in base g as $\sum _{k=1}^\infty {\frac {D_k}{g^k}}$, where $D_k$ is the value of the $k^{th}$ digit. If we were interested in only the non-zero digits of this ...
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Work on independence of pi and e

It is an open problem to prove that $\pi$ and $e$ are algebraically independent (over $\mathbb{Q}$). What are some of the important results leading toward proving this? What are the most promising ...
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Striking applications of Baker's theorem

I saw that there are many "applications" questions in Mathoverflow; so hopefully this is an appropriate question. I was rather surprised that there were only five questions at Mathoverflow so far with ...
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Are periods of rigid Calabi-Yau threefolds over $Q$ algebraic?

Let $X$ be a (smooth) compact complex manifold, and suppose that $H^1(X, \Theta_X) = 0$, where $\Theta_X$ is the tangent sheaf. In other words, suppose that $X$ is rigid. Suppose moreover that $X$ ...
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Showing e is transcendental using its continued fraction expansion

Can the transcendence of e be shown using its continued fraction expansion e = [2;1,2,1,1,4,1,1,6,...]?