# MRB constant

The MRB constant is a mathematical constant, with decimal expansion 0.187859… (sequence A037077 in the OEIS). The constant is named after its discoverer, Marvin Ray Burns, who published his discovery of the constant in 1999.[1] Burns had initially called the constant "rc" for root constant[2] but, at Simon Plouffe's suggestion, the constant was renamed the 'Marvin Ray Burns's Constant', or "MRB constant".[3]

The MRB constant is defined as the upper limit of the partial sums[4][5][6][7][8][9][10]

${\displaystyle s_{n}=\sum _{k=1}^{n}(-1)^{k}k^{1/k}}$

As ${\displaystyle n}$ grows to infinity, the sums have upper and lower limit points of −0.812140… and 0.187859…, separated by an interval of length 1. The constant can also be explicitly defined by the following infinite sums:[4]

${\displaystyle 0.187859\ldots =\sum _{k=1}^{\infty }(-1)^{k}(k^{1/k}-1)=\sum _{k=1}^{\infty }\left((2k)^{1/(2k)}-(2k-1)^{1/(2k-1)}\right).}$

The constant relates to the divergent series:

${\displaystyle \sum _{k=1}^{\infty }(-1)^{k}k^{1/k}.}$

There is no known closed-form expression of the MRB constant,[11] nor is it known whether the MRB constant is algebraic, transcendental or even irrational.

## References

1. ^ Plouffe, Simon. "mrburns". Retrieved 12 January 2015.
2. ^ Burns, Marvin R. (23 January 1999). "RC". math2.org. Retrieved 5 May 2009.
3. ^ Plouffe, Simon (20 November 1999). "Tables of Constants" (PDF). Laboratoire de combinatoire et d'informatique mathématique. Retrieved 5 May 2009.
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5. ^ Mathar, Richard J. (2009). "Numerical Evaluation of the Oscillatory Integral Over exp(iπx) x^*1/x) Between 1 and Infinity". arXiv:0912.3844 [math.CA].
6. ^ Crandall, Richard. "Unified algorithms for polylogarithm, L-series, and zeta variants" (PDF). PSI Press. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 30, 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
7. ^ (sequence A037077 in the OEIS)
8. ^ (sequence A160755 in the OEIS)
9. ^ (sequence A173273 in the OEIS)
10. ^ Fiorentini, Mauro. "MRB (costante)". bitman.name (in Italian). Retrieved 14 January 2015.
11. ^ Finch, Steven R. (2003). Mathematical Constants. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press. p. 450. ISBN 0-521-81805-2.