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The Legal Values of Pi

  • David Singmaster

Abstract

I have long been interested in the notorious attempt to legislate a legal value of n. I have read several articles [2,5,6,7,8,10] on the history of this attempt and it has been mentioned in the popular press recently [1,9]. From these it is clear that only Greenblatt [5] and Hallerberg [7] have tried to understand the obscure content of the proposed bill. Greenblatt found four different values of n given in it! Hallerberg has tried to understand how some of the values came about.

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Linear Unit Present Rule Marginal Number State Superintendent Indiana Acad 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Singmaster
    • 1
  1. 1.Polytechnic of the South BankLondonEngland

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