For all real a, the partial sums sn= sum((-1)^k (k^(1/k) -a), k=1..n) are bounded so that their limit points form an interval [-1.+  the MRB constant +a, MRB constant] of length 1-a, where the MRB constant is limit(sum((-1)^k*(k^(1/k)), k = 1 ..2*N),N=infinity).

For all complex z, the upper limit point of  sn= sum((-1)^k (k^(1/k) -z), k=1..n) is the  the MRB constant.

We see that maple knows the basics of this because when we enter sum((-1)^k*(k^(1/k)-z), k = 1 .. n) 

maple gives

sum((-1)^k*(k^(1/k)-z), k = 1 .. n)

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