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The “trick” functions in the “$\pi$ is transcendental” proofs

I was reading this paper and I wondered how did Hermite decide to define a function $$f(x)=\frac{x^{p-1}(x-1)^p\cdots (x-m)^p}{(p-1)!}$$ Are these functions only tricks or there is a deeper meaning?
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Rational and trascendental numbers: $\pi$, $e$ and $\pi+e$ [duplicate]

The numbers $\pi,e$ are trascendentals, but if consider: $\pi+e$ then is rational, trascendental? Thanks
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Proving that $\frac{\pi}{4}$$=1-\frac{\eta(1)}{2}+\frac{\eta(2)}{4}-\frac{\eta(3)}{8}+\cdots$

After some calculations with WolframAlfa, it seems that $$ \frac{\pi}{4}=1+\sum_{k=1}^{\infty}(-1)^{k}\frac{\eta(k)}{2^{k}} $$ Where $$ \eta(n)=\sum_{k=1}^{\infty}\frac{(-1)^{k+1}}{k^{n}} $$ is the ...
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The origin of $\pi$

How was $\pi$ originally found? Was it originally found using the ratio of the circumference to diameter of a circle of was it found using trigonometric functions? I am trying to find a way to find ...
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Is $\large \frac {\pi}{e}$ rational, irrational, or trandescendal?

Is there an argument for why $\large \frac {\pi}{e}$ is rational, irrational, or trandescendal? Can the quotient of any two transcendental numbers (which are not rational multiples of each other) be ...
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Proving that $\frac{\pi}{2}=\prod_{k=2}^{\infty}\left(1+\frac{(-1)^{(p_{k}-1)/2}}{p_{k}} \right )^{-1}$ an identity of Euler's.

This is another identity of Euler's relating $\pi$ to the prime numbers, available here \begin{align*} \dfrac{\pi}{2}=\prod_{k=2}^{\infty}\left(1+\dfrac{(-1)^{\dfrac{p_{{k}}-1}{2}}}{p_{k}} \right ...
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Proving that $\pi=\sum\limits_{k=0}^{\infty}(-1)^{k}\left(\frac{2^{2k+1}+(-1)^{k}}{(4k+1)2^{4k}}+ \frac{2^{2k+2}+(-1)^{k+1}}{(4k+3)2^{4k+2}}\right)$

Long time ago I've been playng with formulas for $\pi$ and found that one above in the title which can also be expressed as \begin{align*} ...
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which representation/fraction approximates the value of $\pi$ in a better way. one which is most widely used is $\frac{22}{7}$ [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is $22/7$ a better approximation for $\pi$ than $3.14$? Approximating $\pi$ with least digits do we know any representation/fraction other that $\frac{22}{7}$ ...
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Can $\pi$ be a root of a polynomial under special cases?

What if we consider polynomials whose coefficients are either rational or $e$, that is, a polynomial in $\mathbb{Q} \cup \{e\}$ with $\pi$ as a root. Can this happen? Does it matter if we change ...
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Prove that $\pi$ is a transcendental number

Does anyone has a link to a site that confirms that $\pi$ is a transcendental number? Or, can anyone show how to prove that $\pi$ is a transcendental number? Thank you in anticipation!