Not at all. On the contrary, your English is very good. It was my fault.

The one and only one Carl Friedrich Gauss.Quote:

By the way, who it is in your picture avatar...?

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- July 31st 2010, 11:39 AMDemandeur
- July 31st 2010, 12:00 PMAlso sprach ZarathustraQuote:

Not at all. On the contrary, your English is very good. It was my fault.

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The one and only one Carl Friedrich Gauss.

- July 31st 2010, 02:03 PMVlasev
- August 1st 2010, 02:22 PMawkward
I don't know whether or not is rational or not, but there is an interesting proof in which this quantity figures.

Problem: Can be rational if a and b are irrational?

Consider . If x is rational then we have our example. If not, and x is irrational, then consider , and we again have an example of rational with irrational a, b. So whether x is rational or not, we have the required example.

This is an example of (to me) an absolutely infuriating proof. We know either x or is an example of rational with irrational a and b, but we don't know which, and the proof gives us no clue!

This proof is discussed in "The Princeton Companion to Mathematics". - August 1st 2010, 04:09 PMVlasev
The Gelfond-Schneider theorem says that [LaTeX ERROR: Convert failed] is transcendental and hence irrational. But I hear you. it's quite a nasty little existence proof!