Appendix B
Extreme Digit-Hunting
I am ashamed to tell you to
how many figures I carried
these computations, having no other business at the time.
―Isaac Newton, after computing 15 digits of π in 1666
The Solutions to 10,002 digits
The Code That Does It
A Further Challenge
If you add together our
heroic numbers the result is τ = 1.497258836… .
I wonder if anyone will ever compute the ten thousandth digit of this
fundamental constant?
―Lloyd N. Trefethen at the end of his
report in
SIAM News July/August 2002
… that is, after all of our work, it remains to compute the solution of Problem 3 to at least 10,002 digits. Good luck.
This is a web page for the book:
Folkmar Bornemann, Dirk
Laurie, Stan Wagon, Jörg Waldvogel: The SIAM 100-Digit Challenge, A Study in
High-Accuracy Numerical Computing. Society of Industrial and Applied
Mathematics (SIAM), Philadelphia, 2004.
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