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Dr. D. M. Seward


There is no part of the arithmetic that deals with approximations that is more interesting than that which seeks to find the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. This ratio has been studied from both a practical and a theoretical standpoint. Under the name "quadrature of the circle" it occupied mathematicians for many thousands of years, beginning with the Bible and extending to the twentieth century.

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