On the binary expansions of algebraic numbers
Journal de Théorie des Nombres de Bordeaux, Volume 16 (2004) no. 3, pp. 487-518.

Employing concepts from additive number theory, together with results on binary evaluations and partial series, we establish bounds on the density of 1’s in the binary expansions of real algebraic numbers. A central result is that if a real y has algebraic degree D>1, then the number #(|y|,N) of 1-bits in the expansion of |y| through bit position N satisfies


for a positive number C (depending on y) and sufficiently large N. This in itself establishes the transcendency of a class of reals n0 1/2 f(n) where the integer-valued function f grows sufficiently fast; say, faster than any fixed power of n. By these methods we re-establish the transcendency of the Kempner–Mahler number n0 1/2 2 n , yet we can also handle numbers with a substantially denser occurrence of 1’s. Though the number z= n0 1/2 n 2 has too high a 1’s density for application of our central result, we are able to invoke some rather intricate number-theoretical analysis and extended computations to reveal aspects of the binary structure of z 2 .

En combinant des concepts de théorie additive des nombres avec des résultats sur les développements binaires et les séries partielles, nous établissons de nouvelles bornes pour la densité de 1 dans les développements binaires de nombres algébriques réels. Un résultat clef est que si un nombre réel y est algébrique de degré D>1, alors le nombre #(|y|,N) de 1 dans le développement de |y| parmi les N premiers chiffres satisfait


avec un nombre positif C (qui dépend de y), la minoration étant vraie pour tout N suffisamment grand. On en déduit la transcendance d’une classe de nombres réels n0 1/2 f(n) quand la fonction f, à valeurs entières, croît suffisamment vite, disons plus vite que toute puissance de n. Grâce à ces méthodes on redémontre la transcendance du nombre de Kempner–Mahler n0 1/2 2 n  ; nous considérons également des nombres ayant une densité sensiblement plus grande de 1. Bien que le nombre z= n0 1/2 n 2 ait une densité de 1 trop grande pour que nous puissions lui appliquer notre résultat central, nous parvenons à développer une analyse fine de théorie des nombres avec des calculs étendus pour révéler des propriétés de la structure binaire du nombre z 2 .

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DOI: 10.5802/jtnb.457
David H. Bailey 1; Jonathan M. Borwein 2; Richard E. Crandall 3; Carl Pomerance 4

1 Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory 1 Cyclotron Road Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
2 Dalhousie University Department of Computer Science Halifax, NS B3H 4R2, Canada
3 Center for Advanced Computation Reed College Portland, OR 97202, USA
4 Dartmouth College Department of Mathematics 6188 Bradley Hall Hanover, NH 03755-3551, USA
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David H. Bailey; Jonathan M. Borwein; Richard E. Crandall; Carl Pomerance. On the binary expansions of algebraic numbers. Journal de Théorie des Nombres de Bordeaux, Volume 16 (2004) no. 3, pp. 487-518. doi : 10.5802/jtnb.457. https://jtnb.centre-mersenne.org/articles/10.5802/jtnb.457/

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