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

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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