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15 Junio, 2009, 08:05 pm
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#### ildefonso

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Hola amigos...¿Como va eso? Acabo de crear un sitio web con videos de matemáticas. El sitio se llama La zeta de Euler y la dirección es
http://www.zetaeuler.com o http://www.zetaeuler.es o tambien http://www.aulapitagorica.com. Espero vuestras visitas y que no seais muy criticos ... Ah... y enhorabuena por el foro... GRACIAS A TODOS... GRACIAS

15 Junio, 2009, 09:00 pm
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#### argentinator

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¿La zeta no era de Riemman?

17 Junio, 2009, 12:09 am
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#### ildefonso

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¿La zeta no era de Riemman?

¿Responde ésto a tu pregunta?... Gracias por el interes amigo How Euler discovered the zeta function

Keith Devlin
Euler’s zeta function is defined for any real number s greater than 1 by the infinite
sum:
ζ(s) = 1+
1
2s +
1
3s +
1
4s +
1
5s + . . .
(Provided s is a real number bigger than 1, this infinite sum has a finite answer.) After
Euler defined this function, he showed that it has a deep and profound connection
with the pattern of the primes. Namely, he proved that:
ζ(s) =
1
1 − (1/2s) ×
1
1 − (1/3s) ×
1
1 − (1/5s) ×
1
1 − (1/7s)
where the product on the right is taken over all terms
1
1 − (1/ps)
where p is a prime.
How did Euler discover this amazing connection? The story begins with the
familiar theorem that the harmonic series
1 +
1
2
+
1
3
+
1
4
+
1
5
+ . . .
has an infinite sum. Knowing this fact, Euler wondered about the “prime harmonic
series”
PH = 1+
1
2
+
1
3
+
1
5
+
1
7
+
1
11
+ . . .
you get by adding the reciprocals of all the primes. Does this sum have a finite or
an infinite answer? A natural way to try to answer this question — if you are Euler,
that is — is to split up the harmonic series into two parts, collecting all the primes
terms together and all the composite terms together, i.e.,
1 +
1
2
+
1
3
+
1
5
+ . . .  + 1
4
+
1
6
+
1
8
+ . . . 
and then try to show that the second part has a finite answer. This would mean that
the first part is what causes the harmonic series to have an infinite answer. But the
first part is just PH, so this would show that PH must have an infinite answer. It’s a
good idea but there is a snag. Because the harmonic series has an infinite answer, you
cannot split it into two separate sums like this. (As every child learns in elementary
school, you can split up a finite sum any way you like, and the answer will always
remain the same. But the same is only true for infinite sums if all their answers are
Suppose, said Euler, that we take some positive real number s slightly greater
than 1, and instead of looking at the harmonic series
1 +
1
2
+
1
3
+
1
4
+
1
5
+ . . .
1
we look at the related sum
ζ(s) = 1+
1
2s +
1
3s +
1
4s +
1
5s + . . .
you get by raising each term in the harmonic series to the power s. Provided s is
bigger than 1, this sum does have a finite answer, and so you can split it up into two
infinite parts, the first part being all the prime terms, the second all the nonprime
terms, like this:
ζ(s) = 1 +
1
2s +
1
3s +
1
5s + . . .  +  1
4s +
1
6s +
1
8s + . . . 
The idea then is to show that, if you were to take s closer and closer to 1, the first
sum
1 +
1
2s +
1
3s +
1
5s + . . .
here increases without bound, and hence that, taking s = 1,
1 +
1
2
+
1
3
+
1
5
+ . . .
is infinite.
A key step in this argument was to establish the celebrated equation
ζ(s) =
1
1 − (1/2s) ×
1
1 − (1/3s) ×
1
1 − (1/5s) ×
1
1 − (1/7s)
where the product on the right is taken over all terms
1
1 − (1/ps)
where p is a prime.
Euler’s idea was to start with the familiar formula for the sum of a geometric series:
1
1 − x
= 1+x + x2 + x3 + . . . (0 < x < 1)
For any prime number p and any s > 1, we can set x = 1/ps to give:
1
1 − (1/ps)
= 1+
1
ps +
1
p2s +
1
p3s + . . .
This expression on the left is a typical term in Euler’s infinite product, of course, so
the above equation provides an infinite sum expression for each term in the infinite
product. What Euler did next was multiply together all of these infinite sums to give
an alternative expression for his infinite product. Using the ordinary algebraic rules
for multiplying (a finite number of finite) sums, but applying them this time to an
infinite number of infinite sums, you see that when you write out the right-hand side
as a single infinite sum, its terms are all the expressions of the form
1
p1
k1s . . . pn
kns
2
where p1, . . . , pn are different primes and k1, . . . , kn are positive integers, and each
such combination occurs exactly once. But by the fundamental theorem of algebra,
every positive integer can be expressed in the form p1
k1s . . . pn
kns. Hence the righthand
side is just a rearrangement of the sum
1 +
1
2s +
1
3s +
1
4s +
1
5s + . . .
i.e., ζ(s). (You have to be a bit careful how you do this, to avoid getting into
difficulties with infinities. The details are not particularly difficult.)
Now, from the point of view of the subsequent development of mathematics it
was not so much the fact that the prime harmonic series has an infinite sum that is
important, even though it did provide a completely new proof of Euclid’s result that
there are infinitely many primes. Rather, Euler’s infinite product formula for ζ(s)
marked the beginning of analytic number theory.
In 1837, the French mathematician Lejeune Dirichlet generalized Euler’s method
to prove that in any arithmetic progression a, a+k, a+2k, a+3k, . . ., where a and k
have no common factor, there are infinitely many primes. (Euclid’s theorem can be
regarded as the special case of this for the arithmetic progression 1, 3, 5, 7, . . . of all
odd numbers.) The principal modification to Euler’s method that Dirichlet made was
to modify the zeta function so that the primes were separated into separate categories,
depending on the remainder they left when divided by k. His modified zeta function
L(s, χ) =
χ(1)
1s +
χ(2)
2s +
χ(3)
3s +
χ(4)
4s + . . .
where χ(n) is a special kind of function — which Dirichlet called a “character” —
that splits the primes up in the required way. In particular, it must be the case that
χ(mn) = χ(m)χ(n) for any m, n. (The other conditions are that χ(n) depends only
on the remainder you get when you divide n by k, and that χ(n) = 0 if n and k have
a common factor.)
Any function of the form L(s, χ) where s is a real number greater than 1 and χ is
a character is known as a Dirichlet L-series. The Riemann zeta function is the special
case that arises when you take χ(n) = 1 for all n.
Mathematicians subsequent to Dirichlet generalized the notion by allowing the
variable s and the numbers χ(n) to be complex numbers, and used the generalized
versions to prove a great many results about prime numbers, thereby demonstrating
that the L-series provide an extremely powerful tool for the study of the primes.
A key result about L-functions is that, as with the zeta function, they can be
expressed as an infinite product over the prime numbers (sometimes known as an
Euler product), namely:
L(x, χ) =
1
1 − (χ(2)/2s) ×
1
1 − (χ(3)/3s) ×
1
1 − (χ(5)/5s) ×
1
1 − (χ(7)/7s) × . . .
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(provided the real part of s is not negative), where the product is taken over all
expressions of the form
1
1 − (χ(p)/ps)
where p is a prime number.
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17 Junio, 2009, 12:14 am
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#### ildefonso

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¿La zeta no era de Riemman?
Además, el nombre no significa mucho. Tambien la podia haber llamado "La zeta de Argentinator" y ser igual. Suerte.

17 Junio, 2009, 08:55 am
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#### Luis Fuentes

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