Friday, August 27, 2010

The Life of Pi: From Archimedes to Eniac and Beyond

The Life of Pi: From Archimedes to Eniac and Beyond
The Life of Pi: From Archimedes to Eniac and Beyond

The desire to understand , the challenge, and originally the need, to calculate ever more accurate values of , the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, has challenged mathematicians–great and less great—for many many centuries and, especially recently, has provided compelling examples of computational mathematics. Pi, uniquely in mathematics is pervasive in popular culture and the popular imagination

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