DECIMAL EXPANSIONS: THEIR UNIQUENESS AND INTERESTING PATTERNS

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Abstract

An expression of the form o.abcd... written by arbitrarily picking up a, b, c, d ... from among 0 to 9, cannot be taken to represent the decimal expansion of a real number. In fact, the decimal expansion of every irrational number is unique in itself whereas those of rational numbers (fractions) follow some interesting patterns. These results are of far-reaching consequences in the context of Cantor's second proof (1878) about the uncountability of real numbers.

Keywords and Phrases

Decimal expansion, Interesting patterns.

A.M.S. subject classification

03, 11.

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