Wallis. Computation of π by Successive Interpolations (1655)

  • Lennart Berggren
  • Jonathan Borwein
  • Peter Borwein

Abstract

After 1650, analytic methods began to receive more attention and to replace geometric methods based on the writings of the ancients. This was due partly to the acceptance into geometry of those algebraic methods that Descartes and Fermat had introduced, and partly to the still very active interest in numerical work—interpolation, approximation, logarithms —a heritage of the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. This tradition was strong in England, where Napier and Briggs had labored.

Keywords

Infinite Series Arithmetic Progression Book Versus Sinus Rectus Term Ratio 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lennart Berggren
    • 1
  • Jonathan Borwein
    • 1
  • Peter Borwein
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Mathematics and StatisticsSimon Fraser UniversityBurnabyCanada

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