Ludolphian Numb…

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“A bell cannot tell time, but it can be moved in just such a way as to say twelve o’clock – similarly, a man cannot calculate infinite numbers, but he can be moved in just such a way as to say pi.”

Daniel TammetThinking in Numbers: How Maths Illuminates Our Lives

Ludolphian Number

Happy March 14 (or may I say 3.14). I love this number. As the end of Sixteenth Century Ludolph Van Ceulen calculated 35 decimal place for pi. In his will, he requested that these 35 numbers be engraved on his tombstone. In Germany they still refer to this number as Ludolphian Number. Around 200 BC, Archimedes of Syracuse found that pi is somewhere about 3.14. Pi (which is a letter in the Greek alphabet) was discovered by a Greek mathematician named Archimedes. In June 1995, the Japanese mathematician Yasumasa Kanada found p correct to 3,221,220,000 decimal places.

Thus, p = 3.14159265358979….