Pi (Symbol)

The history of mathematical constant pi comes full circle. Although the history of pi is a small part of the overall history of mathematics, pi itself is arguably the most important irrational number in the hierarchy of our real number system. We will discuss the times when pi made progress and, also, when it did not. The latter was because science, itself, was being stifled by militarism or religious fanaticism. Among the media that will be used are DVDs from The Great Courses, videos, and a Hollywood film. Although some mathematical concepts will be necessary to use to understand the history of pi, all important mathematical ideas will be be explained.

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