# Gauss's constant

In mathematics, Gauss's constant, denoted by G, is defined as the reciprocal of the arithmetic–geometric mean of 1 and the square root of 2:

${\displaystyle G={\frac {1}{\operatorname {agm} \left(1,{\sqrt {2}}\right)}}=0.8346268\dots .}$

The constant is named after Carl Friedrich Gauss, who on May 30, 1799 discovered that

${\displaystyle G={\frac {2}{\pi }}\int _{0}^{1}{\frac {dx}{\sqrt {1-x^{4}}}}}$

so that

${\displaystyle G={\frac {1}{2\pi }}\mathrm {B} \left({\tfrac {1}{4}},{\tfrac {1}{2}}\right)}$

where Β denotes the beta function.

Gauss's constant should not be confused with the Gaussian gravitational constant.

## Relations to other constants

Gauss's constant may be used to express the gamma function at argument 1/4:

${\displaystyle \Gamma \left({\tfrac {1}{4}}\right)={\sqrt {2G{\sqrt {2\pi ^{3}}}}}}$

Alternatively,

${\displaystyle G={\frac {\left[\Gamma \left({\tfrac {1}{4}}\right)\right]^{2}}{2{\sqrt {2\pi ^{3}}}}}}$

and since π and Γ(1/4) are algebraically independent, Gauss's constant is transcendental.

### Lemniscate constants

Gauss's constant may be used in the definition of the lemniscate constants, the first of which is:

${\displaystyle L_{1}\;=\;\pi G}$

and the second constant:

${\displaystyle L_{2}\,\,=\,\,{\frac {1}{2G}}}$

which arise in finding the arc length of a lemniscate.

## Other formulas

A formula for G in terms of Jacobi theta functions is given by

${\displaystyle G=\vartheta _{01}^{2}\left(e^{-\pi }\right)}$

as well as the rapidly converging series

${\displaystyle G={\sqrt[{4}]{32}}e^{-{\frac {\pi }{3}}}\left(\sum _{n=-\infty }^{\infty }(-1)^{n}e^{-2n\pi (3n+1)}\right)^{2}.}$

The constant is also given by the infinite product

${\displaystyle G=\prod _{m=1}^{\infty }\tanh ^{2}\left({\frac {\pi m}{2}}\right).}$

It appears in the evaluation of the integrals

${\displaystyle {\frac {1}{G}}=\int _{0}^{\frac {\pi }{2}}{\sqrt {\sin(x)}}\,dx=\int _{0}^{\frac {\pi }{2}}{\sqrt {\cos(x)}}\,dx}$
${\displaystyle G=\int _{0}^{\infty }{\frac {dx}{\sqrt {\cosh(\pi x)}}}}$

Gauss' constant as a continued fraction is [0, 1, 5, 21, 3, 4, 14, ...]. (sequence A053002 in the OEIS)