Pi: A Source Book / Edition 2by Lennart Berggren, Peter B. Borwein, Jonathan M. Borwein, Peter Borwein
Pub. Date: 10/28/1999
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
This book documents the history of pi from the dawn of mathematical time to the present. One of the beauties of the literature on pi is that it allows for the inclusion of very modern, yet accessible, mathematics. The articles on pi collected herein fall into various classes. First and foremost there is a selection from the mathematical and computational literature
This book documents the history of pi from the dawn of mathematical time to the present. One of the beauties of the literature on pi is that it allows for the inclusion of very modern, yet accessible, mathematics. The articles on pi collected herein fall into various classes. First and foremost there is a selection from the mathematical and computational literature of four millennia. There is also a variety of historical studies on the cultural significance of the number. Additionally, there is a selection of pieces that are anecdotal, fanciful, or simply amusing.
For this new edition, the authors have updated the original material while adding new material of historical and cultural interest. There is a substantial exposition of the recent history of the computation of digits of pi, a discussion of the normality of the distribution of the digits, and new translations of works by Viete and Huygen.
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Table of Contents
Preface.- Acknowledgements.- Introduction.- The Rhind Mathematical Papyrus-Problem 50.- Engles. Quadrature of the Circle in Ancient Egypt.- Archimedes. Measurement of a Circle.- Phillips. Archimedes the Numerical Analyst.- Lam & Ang. Circle Measurements in Ancient China.- The Banu Musa: The Measurement of Plane and Solid Figures.- Madhava's. The Power Series for Arctan and Pi.- Hope-Jones. Ludolph van Ceulen.- Viete. Variorum de Revus Mathematicis Reponsorum Liber VII.- Wallis. Computation of Pi by Successive Interpolations.- Wallis. Arithmetica Infinitorum.- Huygens. De Circuli Magnitudine Inventa.- Gregory. Correspondence with John Collins.- Jones. The First Use of Pi for the Circle Ratio.- Newton. Of The Method of Fluxions and Infinite Series.- Euler. Chapter 10 of Introduction to Analysis of the Infinite.- Lambert. Mémoire Sur Quelques Proprietés Remarquables Des Quantités Transcendentes Circulaires et Logarithmiques.- Lambert. Irrationality of Pi.- Shanks. Contributions to Mathematics Comprising Chiefly of the Rectification of the Circle to 607 Places of Decimals.- Hermite. Sur La Fonction Exponentielle.- And much more...
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