03/13/2015

SciFri Celebrates π

14:52 minutes

This year holds an unusually special treat for enthusiasts of the constant π: March 14, 2015, written in abbreviated form, approximates π not just to the usual three digits (3.14), but to five: 3.14.15. Ian Stewart, emeritus professor of mathematics at the University of Warwick and author of Professor Stewart’s Incredible Numbers, joins us to celebrate π. “If you’re a mathematical number collector, like a butterfly collector, it would be one of your prized specimens,” he says.

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Ian Stewart

Ian Stewart is author of Professor Stewart’s Incredible Numbers (Basic Books, 2015) and Professor Stewart’s Casebook of Mathematical Mysteries (Basic Books, 2014) and emeritus professor of mathematics at University of Warwick in Warwick, England.

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