Number Theory


The Quest for Pi

Authors: Simon Plouffe, David Bailey, Jon Borwein, Peter Borwein

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.

Comments: 16 Pages. Published in 1997

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