Harmonic series

We want to prove that harmonic series is divergent.
One elementary solution is an easy consequence of some well known inequality

$$(1+\frac{1}{n})^{n}\le e\le(1+\frac{1}{n})^{n+1}$$

This is equivalent to



$$\frac{1}{n+1}<\ln\frac{n+1}{n}=\ln(n+1)-\ln n<\frac{1}{n}$$

This inequality is also a consequence of Lagrange theorem applied to logarithmic function on interval [n,n+1].
Summing up from 1 to n we get

$$\sum_{k=1}^{n}\frac{1}{k+1}<\sum_{k=1}^{n}\ln\frac{k+1}{k}=\sum_{k=1}^{n}\ln(k+1)-\ln k<\sum_{k=1}^{n}\frac{1}{k}$$


$$\sum_{k=1}^{n}\frac{1}{k+1}<\ln (n+1)<\sum_{k=1}^{n}\frac{1}{k}$$

From the right side of the above relation we have

$$\ln (n+1)<\sum_{k=1}^{n}\frac{1}{k}=1+\frac{1}{2}+\frac{1}{2}+\frac{1}{3}+...\frac{1}{n}$$

Now let consider harmonic series



$$\lim_{n \to +\infty}\ln (n+1)=+\infty$$

taking limit in both sides we also have

$$\lim_{n \to +\infty}1+\frac{1}{2}+\frac{1}{2}+\frac{1}{3}+...\frac{1}{n}=+\infty$$

As the partial sum of the harmonic series is a divergent sequence, the harmonic series is divergent.

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