Monday Math 29

Consider the function , defined by the integral: . Can we find a formula for in terms of known functions?

First, we note that for , we have the series . Thus . Making the change of variable , we find that for , . Now, setting , we see , for .


Now, for the integral in each term, , we make the substitution . Then and , so our integral becomes:
and you should recognize that last integral as the gamma function of x.
Therefore, we find:
and that last sum is also familiar: it is the Riemann zeta function.
Thus, we see that


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