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Re: Re: how to compute pi by using continued fraction?


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  • Subject: [mg12063] Re: [mg11979] Re: how to compute pi by using continued fraction?
  • From: Craig P Earls <cearls@ix.netcom.com>
  • Date: Fri, 24 Apr 1998 01:52:33 -0400
  • References: <9804171413.AA23315@viking.emcmt.edu>

Will Self writes:
>> In fact, that continued fraction expansion is due to Lord Brouncker
>> (1620-1684) who produced it from John Wallis' (1616-1703) original
>> infinite product
>> 
>> 4/Pi = 3/2 * 3/4 * 5/4 * 5/6 * 7/6 * 7/8 * 9/8 ...

Thank you! Can you tell me where I can find that documented? I would
like to show it to a friend.

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