On the solid-packing constant for circles

Author:
Z. A. Melzak

Journal:
Math. Comp. **23** (1969), 169-172

MSC:
Primary 52.45

MathSciNet review:
0244866

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Abstract: A solid packing of a circular disk is a sequence of disjoint open circular subdisks whose total area equals that of . The MergelyanWesler theorem asserts that the sum of radii diverges; here numerical evidence is presented that the sum of ath powers of the radii diverges for every . This is based on inscribing a particular sequence of 19660 disks, fitting a power law for the radii, and relating the exponent of the power law to the above constant.

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DOI:
https://doi.org/10.1090/S0025-5718-1969-0244866-8

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