# Ramanujan's Strange Formula for Pi

Ramanujan's Strange Formula for Pi

Finding an accurate approximation to has been one of the most noteworthy challenges in the history of mathematics. Srinivasa A. Ramanujan (1887–1920), a mathematical thinker of phenomenal abilities, discovered a mysterious infinite series for estimating the value of [1]:

π

π

1

π

8

9801

∞

∑

n=0

(4n)!(26390n+1103)

4

(n!)

4n

396

The series is known to be a specialization of a modular equation of order 58 [2].

This Demonstration gives numerical estimates for using the reciprocal of the series up to , which gives a correct approximation to 38 decimal places.

π

n=4