A Proof that Euler Missed ...

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


The board of programme changes informed us that R. Apery (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 Fruitless Effort Lively Description Irrelevant Explanation 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2004

Authors and Affiliations

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

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