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Pi, a sourcebook

Author: Lennart Berggren; Jonathan M Borwein; Peter B Borwein
Publisher: New York : Springer, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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"This book documents the history of pi from the dawn of mathematical time to the present. The story of pi reflects the most seminal, the most serious, and sometimes the most whimsical aspects of mathematics. Much significant mathematics originates with pi, and many great mathematicians have contributed to this story's unfolding." "Mathematicians and historians of mathematics will find this book indispensable.  Read more...
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Pi, a sourcebook.
New York : Springer, c2000
(OCoLC)624506402
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lennart Berggren; Jonathan M Borwein; Peter B Borwein
ISBN: 0387989463 9780387989464
OCLC Number: 42310021
Description: xix, 736 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Contents: 1. The Rhind Mathematical Papyrus-Problem 50 (1̃650 B.C.) --
2. Engels. Quadrature of the Circle in Ancient Egypt (1977) --
3. Archimedes. Measurement of a Circle (2̃50 B.C.) --
4. Phillips. Archimedes the Numerical Analyst (1981) --
5. Lam and Ang. Circle Measurements in Ancient China (1986) --
6. The Banu Musa: The Measurement of Plane and Solid Figures (8̃50) --
7. Madhava. The Power Series for Arctan and Pi (1̃400) --
8. Hope-Jones. Ludolph (or Ludolff or Lucius) van Ceulen (1938) --
9. Viete. Variorum de Rebus Mathematicis Reponsorum Liber VIII (1593) --
10. Wallis. Computation of [pi] by Successive Interpolations (1655) --
11. Wallis. Arithmetica Infinitorum (1655) --
12. Huygens. De Circuli Magnitudine Inventa (1724)
Responsibility: [edited by] Lennart Berggren, Jonathan Borwein, Peter Borwein.

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The aim of this book is to provide a complete history of pi from the dawn of mathematical time to the present. The story of pi reflects the most seminal, the most serious and sometimes the silliest  Read more...

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