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value of pi and 22/7

 
 
Gerald Britton
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      03-20-2011
Surely on track for the *slowest* way to compute pi in Python (or any
language for that matter):

math.sqrt( sum( pow(k,-2) for k in xrange(sys.maxint,0,-1) ) * 6. )

Based on the Riemann zeta function:

The sum of

1/k^2 for k = 1:infinity

converges to pi^2 / 6

Depending on your horsepower and the size of sys.maxint on your
machine, this may take a few *days* to run.

Note: The sum in the Python expression above runs in reverse to
minimize rounding errors.

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