The Infinite Life of Pi

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Pi = circumference/diameter

The number π is a mathematical constant, the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter.

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Pi – Infinite number

It is an infinite number. In recent years, Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits past its decimal.

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Archimedes

The mathematician Archimedes used polygons with many sides to approximate circles and determined that Pi was approximately 22/7.

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Leonhard Euler

The symbol (Greek letter “π”) was first used in 1706 by William Jones. A ‘p’ was chosen for ‘perimeter’ of circles, and the use of π became popular after it was adopted by the Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler in 1737.

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Number of decimals discovered over the years

Isaac Newton used infinite series to compute π to 15 digits, but the invention of computers accelarated the computation of the decimals of π.

References

Wikipedia

 

 

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