Some say M stands for magic, others mystery. Not everyone was happy. Its proponents justified their creation, however, by pointing to its elegance, coherence and beauty. In the past, experiments played a vital role in developing theory and vice versa. For some time now that back-and-forth has not existed in certain fields where experiments are barely managing to test theories developed over decades. Wherever experimental data can be coaxed out of nature, it suffices to corroborate or refute a theory and serves as the sole arbiter of validity.

But where evidence is spare or absent — as it is for a growing number of questions in physics — other criteria, including aesthetic ones, have been allowed to come into play both in formulating a theory and evaluating it. These theorems may be a main principle underlying the arguments; however, the final formulation of the result will not contain any metric notions. An example of the systematic use of this type of argument is the Hardy—Littlewood—Vinogradov method, in which an essential role is played by metric properties of approximations of numbers by rational fractions the "major" and "minor" arcs of Hardy—Littlewood.

This situation allowed I. Vinogradov to formulate his own theorems on estimates of Weyl sums as certain metric theorems [1]. In addition, Vinogradov's method of estimating Weyl sums has a clearly expressed metric character, establishing a connection between the "global" estimate of the integral and the "individual" estimate of a concrete sum. Examples of this type are rare in number theory.

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Namespaces Page Discussion. Views View View source History. Jump to: navigation , search. For example, putting where the are numbers from , it turns out that can be considered as independent random variables defined on with the Lebesgue measure as probability measure. If is any number from , and denotes the number of for which for a given , then is asymptotically normally distributed, that is, for any real the measure of the set of 's for which tends, as , to the limit H.

Khinchin established that for almost-all , as , and there is an absolute constant such that for almost-all , as.

A necessary and sufficient condition under which for almost-all an infinite number of are contained in an arbitrary sequence is where is the Euler function. Under the same condition, for almost-all the inequality where is an integer and is arbitrary, has an infinite number of solutions. These results are close to the conjecture : If is an arbitrary sequence of integers and are arbitrary, then the inequality has an infinite number of solutions for almost-all if and only if R. Kuz'min proved that for any the measure of the set of 's for which , is equal to where is an absolute constant.

The asymptotic relation was known to C. This is based on the fact that the mappings and of the interval into itself, which are closely connected with the -ary fraction and the continued fraction respectively, preserve a measure and are ergodic: the first preserves the Lebesgue measure, the second the measure defined for every measurable set in by From this point of view the Gauss—Kuz'min theorem, without estimates on the remainder, follows immediately from Birkhoff's individual ergodic theorem.

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For example, the results of Khinchin admit the improvement see [10] where is arbitrary. For example, it has been shown [6] that for any fixed and the set of real numbers for which the inequality has an infinite number of solutions in algebraic numbers of degree and height , has Hausdorff dimension. References [1] I. Vinogradov, "The method of trigonometric sums in the theory of numbers" , Interscience Translated from Russian [2] A. Postnikov, "Ergodic problems in the theory of congruences and of Diophantine approximations" , Amer. Sprindzhuk, "Mahler's problem in metric number theory" , Amer.

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Khinchin, "Continued fractions" , Univ. Chicago Press Translated from Russian [6] A. Baker, W. Schmidt, "Diophantine approximation and Hausdorff dimension" Proc. London Math. Number Theory , 2 pp.

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Koksma, "Diophantische Approximationen" , Springer [9] E. Philipp, "Some metrical theorems in number theory" Pacific J. Cigler, G. The rightmost column displays the primes from 1 to 1 billion as an almost uniform shade of gray. The amount of black ink is precisely the density of primes, e. Created as a vector graphic, and printed at high-resolution for crisp lines at large size.

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