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The lemniscate constants

By John Todd

Communications of the ACM, Vol. 18 No. 1, Pages 14-19

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The lemniscate constants, and indeed some of the methods used for actually computing them, have played an enormous part in the development of mathematics. An account is given here of some of the methods used—most of the derivations can be made by elementary methods. This material can be used for teaching purposes, and there is much relevant and interesting historical material. The acceleration methods developed for the purpose of evaluating these constants are useful in other problems.

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