Saturday, March 14, 2009

π Day

Today is π Day. 3.14, &c.

Richard Preston's 1992 New Yorker profile of the Chudnovsky brothers, David and Gregory, calculators of π, is online. David Chudnovksy:

"We need many billions of digits. Even a billion digits is a drop in the bucket. Would you like a Coca-Cola?"
in 1992 the Chudnovksy brothers were unsalaried, untenured "senior research scientists" at Columbia University. They are now distinguished professors at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University.

The Mountains of Pi (New Yorker)

comments: 2

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this post.

I fondly recall that article.

Personal ownership of a computer wasn't that common in 1992, so building an apartment supercomputer for a specialized purpose such as computing digits of pi made for an amazing story.

Michael Leddy said...

I remembered it well but couldn't recall the name Chudnovsky. Searching for brothers and pi did the trick.