No one anywhere. Though writing a "Monte Carlo method" program to calculate pi is simple enough to be a beginner programming exercise: Throw darts at a 2n by 2n square, determine how many of them are inside versus outside a radius-n circle centered on the square. use that to determine the (relative) area of the circle, back-calculate pi from that.. The more darts you throw, the more random they are, and the more precise you are in the in-versus-out calculation, the more this value will approach pi's actual value.

(There are better ways to calculate pi; this is just the one that's trivial to describe.)

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I'm guessing you used the calculator?

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Ofcourse. Just typed it in on my calculator here at home.

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That's what everyone does. (Including me...) No one here is probably that smart to calculate such things in their head....

..no offence, to all the genuises in the world...

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Smart people know how to use tools. :-)

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Hehe....

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No one anywhere. Though writing a "Monte Carlo method" program to calculate pi is simple enough to be a beginner programming exercise: Throw darts at a 2n by 2n square, determine how many of them are inside versus outside a radius-n circle centered on the square. use that to determine the (relative) area of the circle, back-calculate pi from that.. The more darts you throw, the more random they are, and the more precise you are in the in-versus-out calculation, the more this value will approach pi's actual value.

(There are better ways to calculate pi; this is just the one that's trivial to describe.)

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Of course if you need more digits of root-pi, they're easy to come by...

1.7724538509055160272981674833411... (with some possible roundoff in the low digits) from a calculator.

And I'm sure you can find it to a few thousand places somewhere on the web. Whether it's accurate...

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If you don't have a calculator handy you can also use Google or Wofram|Alpha to get answers to questions like this.

Google example.

Much more comprehensive Wolfram|Alpha example.

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