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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.

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This event was on Tue, 16 Nov 2010


Professor John D Barrow FRS

Professor of Astronomy

Professor John D Barrow FRS has been a Professor of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cambridge since 1999, carrying out research in mathematical physics, with special interest in cosmology, gravitation, particle physics and associated applied mathematics.

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