Integration anomaly?

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg127008] Integration anomaly?*From*: "Szumiloski, John" <john_szumiloski at merck.com>*Date*: Sat, 23 Jun 2012 04:16:48 -0400 (EDT)*Delivered-to*: l-mathgroup@mail-archive0.wolfram.com

Greetings. I recently was playing around with the function Log[1 + 1 / ( t^n ) ], and exploring positive values of n. (I have no interest in nonpositive or complex n) In particular, I wanted to look at its integral, so I did this: (v8.0.4, Windows XP) Integrate[ Log[1+1/(t^n)], { t, 0, Infinity } ] which gave: ConditionalExpression[ -(Pi Csc[Pi/n]), Re[n]<0 ] Now I am no analysis expert, but it seems pretty clear to me that the integral diverges for negative (real) n. After doing some further specific symbolic and numeric integrations, I suspect the correct value of this integral is actually ConditionalExpression[ Pi Csc[Pi/n], Re[n]>1 ] although I cannot prove it. But in any case, the answer Mathematica gave seems clearly wrong. Can anyone reproduce this (and thus, should someone at WRI look into this), or is my system (or my brain) quirking out? Thanks, John Szumiloski, Ph.D. Senior Biometrician Biometrics Research WP53B-120 Merck Research Laboratories P.O. Box 0004 West Point, PA 19486-0004 USA (215) 652-7346 (PH) (215) 993-1835 (FAX) lowercasefirstname<dot>lowercaselastname<at>merck<dot>com ___________________________________________________ These opinions are my own and do not necessarily reflect that of Merck & Co., Inc. Notice: This e-mail message, together with any attachments, contains information of Merck & Co., Inc. (One Merck Drive, Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, USA 08889), and/or its affiliates Direct contact information for affiliates is available at http://www.merck.com/contact/contacts.html) that may be confidential, proprietary copyrighted and/or legally privileged. It is intended solely for the use of the individual or entity named on this message. If you are not the intended recipient, and have received this message in error, please notify us immediately by reply e-mail and then delete it from your system.

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