MAA Writing Awards
The Discovery of the Series Formula for π
Award: Carl B. Allendoerfer
Year of Award: 1991
Publication Information: Mathematics Magazine, Vol. 63 (1990), pp. 291-306
Summary: The history of the representation of pi/4 as the sum of the series 1 - 1/3 + 1/5 + ...
About the Author: (from Mathematics Magazine, Vol. 63 (1990)) Ranjan Roy is professor of mathematics at Beloit College. He received his Ph.D. from SUNY at Stony Brook under Irwin Kra in 1973. His mathematical interests lie in differential equations, complex analysis, special functions, and the history of mathematics. His hobbies include handball and soccer.