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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Happy William Shanks Day!

My favorite pathetic story about Pi:

One of the saddest tales is of schoolteacher William Shanks who for 15 years up until 1873 spent his evenings using a complicated formula to work out pi to 707 decimal places. Unfortunately 71 years later it was realised that he made a mistake at the 528th decimal place so all the figures after then were wrong!

I'm sure we'll find similar mistakes at the CBO in 71 years...


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