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Department Colloquium – Dr. Thomas Hagedorn – “Life of Pi: A Mathematical History

The Department of Mathematics & Statistics would like to welcome:

Professor Tom Hagedorn on Tuesday, April 2 at 11:30 am in SCP 229.

Title: Life of Pi: A Mathematical History

Abstract:  In honor of Pi Day, I will present a history of the famous mathematical constant.  I will discuss the many ways it can be calculated, its unexpected appearances, and recent results from the last 15 years on how to calculate Pi efficiently in binary and hexadecimal.  Time-permitting, analogues of Pi may also be discussed.

The Guinness world record for reciting digits of Pi is 67,890 digits.  We will have a contest to see which TCNJ student or faculty member can recite the most digits of Pi.