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The Discovery That Transformed Pi

For thousands of years, mathematicians were calculating Pi the obvious but numerically inefficient way. Then Newton came along and changed the game.

Special thanks to Alex Kontorovich, Professor of Mathematics at Rutgers University, and Distinguished Visiting Professor for the Public Dissemination of Mathematics National Museum of Mathematics MoMath for being part of this Pi Day video.

Written by Derek Muller and Alex Kontorovich

Animation by Ivan Tello

Filmed by Derek Muller and Raquel Nuno

Edited by Derek Muller

Music by Jonny Hyman and Petr Lebedev

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