A Proof that Euler Missed...

Apéry’s Proof of the Irrationality of ζ(3)
  • Alfred van der Poorten


The board of programme changes informed us that R. Apéry (Caen) would speak Thursday, 14.00 “Sur l’irrationalité de ζ(3).” Though there had been earlier rumours of his claiming a proof, scepticism was general. The lecture tended to strengthen this view to rank disbelief. Those who listened casually, or who were afflicted with being non-Francophone, appeared to hear only a sequence of unlikely assertions.


Prime Number Theorem Hypergeometric Polynomial Plane Sailing Transcendence Theory Hypergeometric Func 


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alfred van der Poorten
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  1. 1.School of Mathematics and PhysicsMacquaric UniversityNorth RydeAustralia

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