# Catalan constant

Named after its inventor, E.Ch. Catalan (1814–1894), the Catalan constant (which is denoted also by ) is defined by

 (a1)

If, in terms of the Digamma (or Psi) function , defined by

 (a2)

or

one puts

 (a3)

where

then

 (a4)

which provides a relationship between the Catalan constant and the Digamma function .

The Catalan constant is related also to other functions, such as the Clausen function , defined by

 (a5)

and the Hurwitz zeta function , which is defined, when , by

 (a6)

Thus,

 (a7)

Since

 (a8)

the last expression in (a7) would follow also from (a4) in light of the definition in (a3).

A fairly large number of integrals and series can be evaluated in terms of the Catalan constant . For example,

 (a9)
 (a10)

and

 (a11)

where denotes the familiar Riemann zeta-function.

#### References

 [Fi] Steven R. Finch, "Mathematical constants" , Encyclopedia of mathematics and its applications 94, Cambridge University Press (2003) ISBN 0-521-81805-2 Zbl 1054.00001
How to Cite This Entry:
Catalan constant. Encyclopedia of Mathematics. URL: http://encyclopediaofmath.org/index.php?title=Catalan_constant&oldid=38979
This article was adapted from an original article by Hari M. Srivastava (originator), which appeared in Encyclopedia of Mathematics - ISBN 1402006098. See original article