The book is now available! 163
(another Prime Pages' Curiosity)
Prime Curios!
Curios: Curios Search:
 

Participate:
Share
Single Curio View:   (Seek other curios for this number)

 

In the April 1975 issue of Scientific American, Martin Gardner wrote (jokingly) that Ramanujan's constant (e^(pi*sqrt(163))) is an integer. The name "Ramanujan's constant" was actually coined by Simon Plouffe and derives from the above April Fool's joke played by Gardner. The French mathematician Charles Hermite (1822-1901) observed this property of 163 long before Ramanujan's work on these so-called "almost integers." [Aitken]

 

  Submitted: 1999-09-02 18:40:00;   Last Modified: 2009-05-09 00:38:39.



Prime Curios! © 2000-2017 (all rights reserved)