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A257235 Decimal expansion of the real root of x^3 + x - 6. 4
1, 6, 3, 4, 3, 6, 5, 2, 9, 3, 0, 1, 3, 5, 4, 3, 3, 2, 3, 3, 6, 8, 2, 8, 4, 4, 5, 6, 9, 7, 8, 2, 5, 2, 2, 1, 0, 3, 3, 7, 2, 0, 4, 7, 0, 3, 7, 5, 4, 0, 4, 7, 2, 8, 1, 7, 6, 9, 5, 7, 4, 6, 1, 2, 9, 6, 2, 2, 3, 1, 7, 7, 9, 3, 3, 3, 5, 7, 3, 4, 8, 6, 1, 2, 0, 4, 6, 1, 2, 4, 9, 3, 7, 9, 0, 8, 8 (list; constant; graph; refs; listen; history; text; internal format)
OFFSET

1,2

COMMENTS

This appears in the solution of the first of thirty problems posed by Antonio Maria Fiore in the year 1535 to Niccolò Tartaglia. See the Alten et al. reference, p. 272.

See also the Fauvel and Gray reference, p. 254. Note that there this first problem is translated as "Find me a number such that when its cube root is added to it, the result is six, that is 6", and this is explained by [This is equivalent to the equation x^3 + x = 6.]  In the Alten et al. reference this 'cube root' is given as 'Kubus'. In the cube root case (z-6)^3 + z = 0 would lead with y = z - 6, to y^3 + y + 6 = 0, hence the real solution would be y = - x1, and z = 6 - x1 = 4.36563470698645... So one should consult the original in order to see which translation is correct. My guess is that Fiore used only positive numbers a and b in the cubic x^3  + a*x = b (usually written this way to have only positive coefficients).

In Tartaglia's account on his contest with Fiore given in Quesiti et Inventioni Diverse (1546) under XXV in discussion with Zuanne di Tonini da Coi one finds, for example, his third problem posed to Fiore: find me a number which when added to the fourfold of its cube root gives 13. This is z + 4*z^(1/3) = 13, or x^3 + 4*x = 13, where z = x^3. Therefore it seems that the above Fauvel and Gray version of the first problem posed by Fiore to Tartaglia is correct, and z + z^(1/3) = 6 has the (real) solution z = x^3 of x^3 + x = 6, namely z = x1^3 = 6 - x1 = 4.36563470698645... See the Katscher reference (in German), p. 15.  - Wolfdieter Lang, May 21 2015

REFERENCES

H.-W. Alten et al., 4000 Jahre Algebra, 2. Auflage, Springer, 2014, p. 272.

John Fauvel and Jeremy Gray (eds.), The History of Mathematics: A Reader, Macmillan Press, The Open University, 1988.

Friedrich Katscher, Die Kubischen Gleichungen bei Nicolo Tartaglia, Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2001, Wien, Aufgabe XXV, pp. 13-16.

LINKS

Table of n, a(n) for n=1..97.

MacTutor History of Mathematics, Nicolo Tartaglia.

Niccolò Tartaglia, Quesiti et inventioni diverse, Venetia, Venturino Ruffinelli, 1546. (Page 195 of the Google scan.)

FORMULA

The real solution x1 to x^3 + x - 6 = 0 is

x1 = (1/3)*((3*(27 + 2*sqrt(183)))^(1/3) - (3*(-27 + 2*sqrt(183)))^(1/3)).

The two complex solutions are a + b*i and a - b*i, with a = -x1/2 and b = sqrt(3)*y1/2 where y1 = (1/3)*((3*(27 + 2*sqrt(183)))^(1/3) + (3*(-27 + 2*sqrt(183)))^(1/3)).

x1 = 6^(1/3)*Sum(k>=0, Gamma((2*k-1)/3)*Gamma((k+1)/3)*sin((k-2)*Pi/3)*6^(-2*k/3)/(3*Pi*k!)). - Robert Israel, May 21 2015

EXAMPLE

x1 = 1.63436529301354332336828445697825221...

y1=  2.00112049720664713840588222759158154...

MAPLE

a:=(27+2*sqrt(183))^(1/3): b:=3^(1/3): a/b^2-1/(b*a): evalf(%, 99); # Peter Luschny, May 21 2015

MATHEMATICA

RealDigits[N[Solve[x^3 + x - 6==0, x][[1]][[1, 2]], 120]][[1]] (* Vincenzo Librandi, May 09 2015 *)

PROG

(PARI) polrootsreal(x^3 + x - 6)[1] \\ Charles R Greathouse IV, May 11 2015

CROSSREFS

Cf. A257236, A257237.

Sequence in context: A196824 A309988 A275835 * A167052 A222230 A198110

Adjacent sequences:  A257232 A257233 A257234 * A257236 A257237 A257238

KEYWORD

nonn,easy,cons

AUTHOR

Wolfdieter Lang, May 08 2015

STATUS

approved

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