Mahboubi, Assia and Sibut-Pinote, Thomas - A Formal Proof of the Irrationality of $\zeta(3)$

lmcs:5975 - Logical Methods in Computer Science, February 18, 2021, Volume 17, Issue 1
A Formal Proof of the Irrationality of $\zeta(3)$

Authors: Mahboubi, Assia and Sibut-Pinote, Thomas

This paper presents a complete formal verification of a proof that the evaluation of the Riemann zeta function at 3 is irrational, using the Coq proof assistant. This result was first presented by Apéry in 1978, and the proof we have formalized essentially follows the path of his original presentation. The crux of this proof is to establish that some sequences satisfy a common recurrence. We formally prove this result by an a posteriori verification of calculations performed by computer algebra algorithms in a Maple session. The rest of the proof combines arithmetical ingredients and asymptotic analysis, which we conduct by extending the Mathematical Components libraries.

Volume: Volume 17, Issue 1
Published on: February 18, 2021
Submitted on: December 16, 2019
Keywords: Computer Science - Logic in Computer Science,F.3,F.3


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