Notes

Chapter 4: Systems Based on Numbers

Section 5: Mathematical Constants


Runs of digits [in numbers]

One can consider any base 2 digit sequence as consisting of successive runs of 0's and 1's, constructed from the list of run lengths by

Fold[Join[#,Table[1-Last[#],{#2}]]&,{0},list]

This representation is related to so-called surreal numbers (though with the first few digits different). The number with run lengths corresponding to successive integers (so that the n^th digit is Mod[Floor[1/2 + Sqrt[2n]], 2]) turns out to be (1 - 2^(1/4) EllipticTheta[2, 0, 1/2] + EllipticTheta[3, 0, 1/2])/2, and appears at least not to be algebraic.


From Stephen Wolfram: A New Kind of Science [citation]