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A History of Pi by Petr Beckmann

By Petr Beckmann

The historical past of pi, says the writer, notwithstanding a small a part of the historical past of arithmetic, is however a reflect of the heritage of guy. Petr Beckmann holds up this replicate, giving the heritage of the days whilst pi made growth -- and likewise while it didn't, simply because technology used to be being stifled by way of militarism or spiritual fanaticism.

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Another man associated with the area of circles during this period was Hippocrates of Chios, who should not be confused with his better known contemporary, the physician Hippocrates of Cos. C. According to some, he lost his money through fraud in Byzantium, according to others he was robbed by pirates; in any case, he thereafter turned to the study of geometry, which is in itself remarkable, for in later years the road between business and science was more often traveled in the opposite direction.

The Early Greeks o King, for traveling over the country, there are royal roads and roads for common citizens; but in geometry there is one road for all. ), when his pupil Alexander the Great asked for a shortcut to geometry. N following the Belt along its length, we have lost the thread of time; and we now return to the Eastern Mediterranean, where the history of mankind went through a few inspiring centuries associated with the ancient Greeks. The Golden Age of this time was the age of the University of Alexandria; but just as the Alexandrian sun continued to glimmer some centuries after the Romans had sacked its places of learning and burned its libraries, so there was already some light before the city and its University were founded.

Not too much should be made of this, however. The number of decimal places to which 17 could be calculated was, from Archimedes onward, purely a matter of computational ability and perseverance. Some years ago, it was only a matter of computer programming know-how; and today it is, in principle, no more than a matter of dollars that one is willing to spend for computer time. The important point is that the Chinese, like Archimedes, had found a method that, in principle, enabled them to cakulate TT to any desired degree of accuracy.

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