Discussion in 'User Topics' started by MarkFL, Dec 29, 2017.
I would have been nice and given them the exact amount.
Why is it that finding out more digits down the line of the pi number is such an accomplishment in ancient times? There are many notable, especially Chinese mathematicians, that are famous because they found a closer approximation for pi, more of the digits down the line.
It's still considered an accomplishment now...as trillions of digits have been calculated.
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But why is it such an accomplishment?
Because it takes ever increasing advanced algorithms to compute more and more digits. It's not about having a more accurate approximation, it is about computational prowess.
@MarkFL have you ever used a super computer for your mathematics
No, I've never needed that kind of processing power.
Oh, well then nevermind.
As a student, I wrote a program in C that could calculate pi to 65536 places, and it took my 386 based PC about 19 hours to do so...I used a formula discovered by Euler using the inverse tangent function. But that was nothing compared to what the pros do.
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