# An Interesting Serendipitous Real Number

- Published in 2000
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This is the story of a remarkable real number, the discovery of which was due to a misprint. Namely, in the mid-seventies, while Ciprian was at the University of Bucharest, one of his former students approached him with the following question: If \(x_1 \gt 0\) and \(x_{n+1} = \left(1 + \frac{1}{x_n}\right)^n\), can \(x_n \to \infty\)?

## Comment

Known as the Foias constant.

## Links

- https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-1-4471-0751-4_8
- https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007%2F978-1-4471-0751-4_8.pdf

## Other information

- key
- AnInterestingSerendipitousRealNumber
- type
- article
- date_added
- 2020-09-21
- date_published
- 2000-03-22
- publisher
- Springer, London
- doi
- 10.1007/978-1-4471-0751-4_8
- fulltext_html_url
- https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-1-4471-0751-4_8
- identifier
- 10.1007/978-1-4471-0751-4_8
- pages
- 119-126

### BibTeX entry

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