Continued Fractions

Tuesday, 16 November 2010
Museum of London





Overview

What are continued fractions?  How can they tell us what is the most irrational number?  What are they good for and what unexpected properties do they possess?  How did Ramanujan make good use of their odd features to make striking discoveries?  We will look at how they have played a role in the study of numbers, chaos, gears and astronomical motions.

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This transcript first appeared as an article in Plus Magazine, a free online magazine produced by the Millennium Mathematics Project.