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Making sense of irrational numbers - Ganesh Pai

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Like many heroes of Greek myths, the philosopher Hippasus was rumored to have been mortally punished by the gods. But what was his crime? Did he murder guests or disrupt a sacred ritual? No, Hippasus's transgression was mathematically proving the hitherto unprovable. Ganesh Pai describes the history and math behind irrational numbers.

Square roots of non-perfect squares (which are irrational numbers) can be plotted on a number line. But can Pi be plotted on a number line?

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  • Educator Ganesh Pai
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