October 21, 2021

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Pi number: claims to have broken a Swiss university record

Pi number: claims to have broken a Swiss university record

The Swiss university said on Monday that it had set a record in calculating the number of Pi with 62.8 trillion decimal places after the decimal point.

In a statement, the University of Applied Sciences (HES) in Grobanden, eastern Switzerland, was pleased to achieve this result for a high-performance computer that works for 108 days and 9 hours.

“This is almost twice as fast as the record set by Google in 2019 and 3.5 times faster than the last world record in 2020,” the press release said.

The last ten digits above are “7817924264”, indicating the HES indicating that it will reveal the full number only after the record has been approved by the Guinness Book of Records.

The press release confirms that HES Computer has surpassed the old world record of 50,000 billion decimal places in its calculations by adding 12,800 billion new figures unknown until then.

Pi is the circumference of a circle we have to multiply by its diameter and it is impossible to know the exact value because the number of digits after the decimal point is infinite.

With the advent of powerful computers the above knowledge is constantly being refined.

However, although hundreds of enthusiasts after the comma struggle to remember hundreds or thousands of digits, the general public generally adheres to 3.1415927 at best.