• Speaker: Laureate Prof Jon Borwein, CARMA, The University of Newcastle
  • Title: The Life of Pi: A Talk for Pi Day 2013
  • Location: Room V206, Mathematics Building (Callaghan Campus) The University of Newcastle
  • Access Grid Venue: UNewcastle [ENQUIRIES]
  • Time and Date: 3:14 pm, Thu, 14th Mar 2013
  • Abstract:

    The desire to understand $\pi$, the challenge, and originally the need, to calculate ever more accurate values of $\pi$, the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, has captured mathematicians - great and less great - for many many centuries. And, especially recently, $\pi$ has provided compelling examples of computational mathematics. $\pi$, uniquely in mathematics, is pervasive in popular culture and the popular imagination. In this lecture I shall intersperse a largely chronological account of $\pi$'s mathematical and numerical status with examples of its ubiquity. It is truly a number for Planet Earth.

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