The pi command is a command-line tool that calculates the mathematical constant π (pi) to a specified number of decimal places. The calculation of π is based on Archimedes’ method, which involves inscribing and circumscribing polyggonal shapes around a circle and successively increasing the number of sides to estimate the value of π.
The pi command can be used in a variety of environments, including Unix-like systems and Windows command prompt, to quickly compute the value of π to the desired precision. For example, to calculate π to 20 decimal places, you would run the following command:
# pi 20
This would output the following result:
The pi command is a useful tool for anyone who needs to perform calculations involving π, such as students, researchers, and engineers. Additionally, it is a fun way to explore the properties of the mathematical constant and learn more about the fascinating history of its discovery and computation.
pi Command Examples
1. Display 100 decimal digits of Archimedes’ constant Pi:
2. Display a specified number of decimal digits of Archimedes’ constant Pi:
# pi number
3. Display help:
# pi --help
4. Display version:
# pi --version
5. Display recommended readings:
# pi --bibliography