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Chinese estimate for $\pi$. Were they lucky?

The famous chinese estimate $\pi\approx\frac{355}{113}$ is good. I think that is too good. As a continued fraction: $$\pi=[3:7,15,1,292,\ldots]$$ That $292$ is a bit too big. Is there a reason for a ...
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Are there numbers that if proven rational (or irrational) will have important consequences to mathematics?

We see all the time conjectures and proofs that specific (real) numbers are (more often than not) irrational. I'm wondering that apart from the mathematical curiosity motivating such proof attempts, ...
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Teaching irrational numbers?

I'm interested in teaching the irrational numbers to high-school students, and I need your ideas on how to do in an 'optimal' and innovative way. And my question is: What should the teacher know ...
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The Irrationality of 2

I am sorry it is not 'research level'. A quick answer will do. When I attempt using the Square root of 2 method to prove the rationality of Square root of 4 according to how it was done in a book, 2 ...
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Which results depend on the irrationality of $\pi$?

Recently the following uninteresting clock picture was posted by one of my non-mathematically inclined friends to my facebook wall, saying that it was funny and possibly thinking that I would find it ...
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Is it ever really Pi Time?

Walking with my son at 3:14pm the other day, I mentioned to him, "Hey, it's Pi Time". My son knows 35 digits of $\pi$ (don't ask), and knows that it's transcendental. He replied, "is it exactly ...
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Irrationality of e

I have a question about the irrationality of $e$: In proving the irrationality of $e$, one can prove the irrationality of $e^{-1}$ by using the series $$e^x = 1+x+\frac{x^2}{2!} + \cdots + ...
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Designing an Irrational Numbers Wall Clock

A friend sent me a link to this item today, which is billed as an "Irrational Numbers Wall Clock." There is at least one possible mistake in it, as it is not known whether $\gamma$ is irrational. ...