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: A 2000-Year Search Changes Direction Victor Adamchik
 

Summary: : A 2000-Year Search Changes Direction
Victor Adamchik
Wolfram Research, Inc.
100 Trade Center Dr., Champaign, IL 61820
victor@wolfram.com
&
Stan Wagon
Macalester College
St. Paul, MN 55105
wagon@macalstr.edu
Introduction
One of the charms of mathematics is that it is possible to make elementary discoveries about objects that have
been studied for millenia. A most striking example occurred recently when David Bailey of NASA/Ames and
Peter Borwein and Simon Plouffe of the Centre for Experimental and Computational Mathematics at Simon
Fraser University (henceforth, BBP) discovered a remarkable, and remarkably simple new formula for . Here is
their formula:
k 0
1
16k
4

  

Source: Adamchik, Victor - School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences