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e-news - December 4, 2010
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e-xciting stuff!

Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

It's about time e would pose a serious challenge to Pi as the most accurately computed transcendental constant. Kudos to 'e' and the programmers! After all, there is e.g. a known continued fraction expansion of 'e' but the ones for Pi are way more cumbersome.

I agree! e doesn't get nearly enough attention. I plan to memorise pi*e though, so I can make jokes about pie without a glaring spelling error.

Be sure to observe the mirror image of '314', too.

Why did you have to bring up memorizing these guys? Why? In my (somewhat distant) junior high school years I memorized Pi to a tad over 400 places. Never had a chance to see more than 12 of e. Does that prove or disprove my earlier point?

I don't know. But you know what? pi and e are both celebrities that get way too much attention. I reckon we should memorise a number such as 0.01001000100001000001... which doesn't even have a single-character name (as far as I know.) It would be easier.

That's a great idea!! May I suggest a slight change, and place the 1s at positions given by the factorials? That number is known to be trascendental. OTOH it is a minor celebrity, so in some sense against the spirit of your suggestion.

See: http://mathworld.wolfram.com/LiouvillesConstant.html

Wow!! does the watermark on the e-paper really have the valuable digits from 'e'?

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