The Irrationality of e and pi

Joe Mullaney

Friday 19th February, 2010 16:00-17:00 Mathematics Building, room 515


Although conjectured by Aristotle the irrationality of pi was not proven until the 18th century. I will present a particularly short and elegant proof, one which was originally given by Ivan Niven in 1947. I will also discuss the irrationality of rational powers of e.

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