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A curvy constant

Siracusa, Sicily, September 2021

Archimedes, considered the greatest mathematician of ancient times, was born in Siracusa in c. 287 BC and died in 212 BC in the Siege of Siracusa.

 He is famous for many things, but one of the best known is probably his creation of an algorithm to approximate π with arbitrary accuracy. This mathematical constant is often known as Archimedes’s constant, and the curvy lines of the pi character pop up around Siracusa on such things as postcards, magnets and book covers, as well as this sculpture.

 


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Copyright Debbie Smyth, 6 October 2021

Posted as part of Becky’s PastSquares and its Lines theme

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