Which partial sums of the Taylor series for \(e\) are convergents to \(e\)? (and a link to the primes 2, 5, 13, 37, 463). (English) Zbl 1159.11004

Amdeberhan, Tewodros (ed.) et al., Tapas in experimental mathematics. AMS special session on experimental mathematics, New Orleans, LA, USA, January 5, 2007. Providence, RI: American Mathematical Society (AMS) (ISBN 978-0-8218-4317-8/pbk). Contemporary Mathematics 457, 273-284 (2008).
Let \(s_n:=\sum_{r=0}^n \frac{1}{r!}\) be the \(n\)-th partial sum of the Taylor series for \(e\). The authors conjecture that the question posed in the title of this paper has the answer “Only \(s_1\) and \(s_3\)”. They prove a weak form of this conjecture, namely that asymptotically almost surely the partial sums are not convergents \(p/q\) to the simple continued fraction expansion of \(e\). They also present (and give experimental evidence for) a second conjecture about the periodic behaviour modulo powers of 2 of the denominators of the convergents, \(q\), and of the quantities \(s_n \cdot n!\), whose truth would imply the truth of the first conjecture.
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11A55 Continued fractions
11B50 Sequences (mod \(m\))
11B83 Special sequences and polynomials
11J70 Continued fractions and generalizations
11J82 Measures of irrationality and of transcendence
11Y55 Calculation of integer sequences