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Mathematics of Computation

Published by the American Mathematical Society since 1960 (published as Mathematical Tables and other Aids to Computation 1943-1959), Mathematics of Computation is devoted to research articles of the highest quality in computational mathematics.

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The square root of $2$ to $1,000,000$ decimals
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The square root of 2 has been calculated to 1,000,000 decimals on a large-scale digital computer and the result has been verified. The calculation was based on a specially developed algorithm for square roots which does not appear to have been used in previous computations of this type.
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  • © Copyright 1971 American Mathematical Society
  • Journal: Math. Comp. 25 (1971), 927-933
  • MSC: Primary 65A05
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  • MathSciNet review: 0298857