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The quest for pi

By David H. Bailey, Jonathan M. Borwein, Peter B. Borwein and Simon Plouffe


This article gives a brief history of the analysis and computation of the mathematical constant π = 3.14159..., including a number of the formulas that have been used to compute π through the ages. Recent developments in this area are then discussed in some detail, including the recent computation of π to over six billion decimal digits using high-order convergent algorithms, and a newly discovered scheme that permits arbitrary individual hexadecimal digits of π to be computed

Year: 1997
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