The Incredible Pi Code
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Ivars Peterson (MathTrek)  
Researchers have expended a great deal of effort computing as many of the digits of pi as computer technology and mathematical methods allow. Last year, Yasumasa Kanada of the University of Tokyo calculated pi to 206,158,430,000 decimal digits. A high school student has now smashed that record. Using a homebuilt computer crafted from scrounged parts, Franklin Oliver O'Leary of Deep Orange, N.J., has calculated 500 billion decimal digits of pi, starting at the trillionth digit. His heroic effort has opened up a vast, untrodden realm for alphanumerical investigation. O'Leary's initial forays into this digital wilderness have already produced astonishing results, especially when letters of the English alphabet are substituted for the digits of pi...  


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Math Topics:  Pi 
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