# 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.

## Other information

publisher
Springer, London
doi
10.1007/978-1-4471-0751-4_8
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identifier
10.1007/978-1-4471-0751-4_8
pages
119-126

### BibTeX entry

@article{AnInterestingSerendipitousRealNumber,
title = {An Interesting Serendipitous Real Number},
abstract = {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 $x{\_}n \to \infty$?},
}