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Mergelyan-Wesler Theorem

Let $P=\{D_1, D_2, \ldots\}$ be an infinite set of disjoint open Disks $D_n$ of radius $r_n$ such that the union is almost the unit Disk. Then

\sum_{n=1}^\infty r_n=\infty.
\end{displaymath} (1)

M_x(P)\equiv \sum_{n=1}^\infty {r_n}^x.
\end{displaymath} (2)

Then there is a number $e(P)$ such that $M_x(P)$ diverges for $x<e(P)$ and converges for $x>e(P)$. The above theorem gives
\end{displaymath} (3)

There exists a constant which improves the inequality, and the best value known is
\end{displaymath} (4)


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