SMS scnews item created by Andrew Mathas at Wed 6 Mar 2013 0949
Type: Seminar
Distribution: World
Expiry: 14 Mar 2013
Calendar1: 14 Mar 2013 1510-1615
CalLoc1: AGR Carslaw 829
CalTitle1: AGR National seminar series
Auth: mathas@pmathas.pc (assumed)

AGR national seminar series: The Life of Pi: Professor Jon Borwein

Abstract
The desire to understand π, the challenge, and originally the need, to calculate ever more accurate values of π, 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, π 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 πs mathematical a nd numerical status with examples of its ubiquity. It is truly a number for Planet Earth.

Host Institution The University of Newcastle

Seminar Convenor Maaike Wienk

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If you would like to attend this seminar in our access grid room then please check to see if the grid is already booked at this time and send an email to accessgridroom@maths.usyd.edu.au to let the CSOs know that you would like to attend.


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