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  1. #1 Forumula's for expansions of pi 
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    mmm, just learnt something new today - there is a formula to extract the n'th hexadecimal digit of pi without calculating the rest of the numbers!

    Wasnt there a movie about that idea a while back?


    As is often the case with technical subjects we are presented with an unfortunate choice: an explanation that is accurate but incomprehensible, or comprehensible but wrong.
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    tell us the formula then damn it


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    See http://crd.lbl.gov/~dhbailey/dhbpape...20algorithm%22

    see also http://www.lacim.uqam.ca/~plouffe/Simon/articlepi.html for bases other than hex

    or just google "BBP algorithm"

    The "BBP" is Bailey, Borwein, and Plouffe
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    Quote Originally Posted by shmoe
    See http://crd.lbl.gov/~dhbailey/dhbpape...20algorithm%22

    see also http://www.lacim.uqam.ca/~plouffe/Simon/articlepi.html for bases other than hex

    or just google "BBP algorithm"

    The "BBP" is Bailey, Borwein, and Plouffe
    Yep thats the one

    Thought it was quite a cute result
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