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Archimedes and his solution for Pi, what do we have that is better?

  1. Mar 25, 2014 #1
    The title pretty much says it all, what do we have today that is better than Archimedes 'method of exhaustion' (although I would argue it is quite beautiful) for deriving Pi?
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  5. Mar 25, 2014 #4
    Obviously, yes.
  6. Mar 25, 2014 #5
    A wonderfully surprising answer! Which is best and why?
  7. Mar 25, 2014 #6
    Read the wiki page I linked. It covers all that and more.
  8. Mar 25, 2014 #7
    I don't see it, explain your reasoning.
    If we all here to just copy and paste wikipedia links then what is the point of PF?
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  9. Mar 25, 2014 #8
    Explain what? That the wiki page covers the most efficient and fastest formulas and algorithms to approximate ##\pi##? Did you even look at the wiki page?
  10. Mar 25, 2014 #9
    No doubt about the power of some of those identities such as Ramanujan's 1/Pi (a personal favorite!) however it is difficult to 'see', even the newbies on PF can agree to that. Providing a simple link to wikipedia and claiming victory is not being scientific.
  11. Mar 25, 2014 #10
    The point of PF is certainly not so you can ask questions that can be googled in 5 seconds.

    https://www.physicsforums.com/blog.php?b=3588 [Broken]

    I think we're done here.
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