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The mathematicians and Pi


Reference of the On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences for Pi : A000796
Several mathematicians have been interested in the quest for Pi. They spent some weeks or their whole life sometimes for Pi. Consequently, above all, the history of Pi has been the story of mathematicians since antiquity.

In all the following pages, you will find a short biography of the mathematician, then his contribution to the legend of Pi: formulas, history and proof. Sometimes, some mathematicians did not write these formulas explicitely. However, they have inspired them or imagined the method used to generate the formula.

In alphabetical order :

Al Kashi

Fibonacci Lambert
Archimedes Fourier Leibniz
Bellard Gauss Lindemann
J. and P.Borwein
Machin
Brounker Mandelbrot/Bolle/Edgar
Brown Moivre/Stirling
Buffon Newton
G. and D. Chudnovsky Plouffe
Cesaro Ramanujan
Cues Salamin/Brent
Descartes Gosper Viete
Estenave/Fretigny Huvent Wallis
Euler Katahiro Woon


In chronological order
(see history of the number Pi for details about each era) :

Geometrical era

Calculus era

Modern era and computers

 


Books of reference: all the bibliography !

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