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Pi à la Mode

Pi à la Mode

Mathematicians tackle the seeming randomness of pi's digits

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3:29pm, August 28, 2001

Memorizing the digits of pi–the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter–presents a hefty challenge to anyone undertaking that quixotic exercise. Starting with 3.14159265, the decimal digits of pi run on forever, and there is no discernible pattern to ease the task.

The apparent randomness of pi's digits has long intrigued mathematician David H. Bailey of the Lawrence

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