The Life of Pi
Professor Jonathan Borwein
The desire to understand π, the challenge, and originally the need, to calculate ever more accurate values of π, the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, has captured mathematicians——great and less great——for many many centuries and, especially recently, π has provided compelling examples of computational mathematics. π, uniquely in mathematics, is pervasive in popular culture and the popular imagination. In this lecture I shall intersperse a largely chronological account of π’s mathematical status with examples of its ubiquity.
- Tuesday the 28th of September 6:30pm
- Able Smith Lecture theatre (bld. 23), The University of Queensland
Jonathan Borwein is Laureate Professor in the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at The University of Newcastle and past President of the Canadian Mathematical Society.His research interests include a wide range of topics in mathematics, including number theory, experimental mathematics and operations research.Professor Borwein is the recipient of numerous prizes and distinctions, including the Chauvenet Prize of the Mathematical Association of America, Fellowship of the Royal Society of Canada, Fellowship of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Science.