The History of Pi. By Joel Chorny Phys 001 Spring 2004. Pi is ancient. “The fact that the ratio of the circumference to the diameter of a circle is constant has been known for so long that it is quite untraceable” (O’Connor).
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By Joel Chorny
Throughout the semester we have been learning about how improvements have been made in the art of measurement. Tyco Brahe used instruments the size of buildings to take accurate measurements of the movement of the stars and planets. The constant attempt to improve on our understanding of pi is similarly to be able to make more accurate measurements.
O’Connor, J. J. and E. F. Robertson. “A History of Pi.” Aug. 2001. University of St. Andrews. 27 Apr. 2004 <http://www-history.mcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/HistTopics/Pi_through_the_ages.html>.