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The answer is π^2/6: What’s the question?

Posted by: Gary Ernest Davis on: May 11, 2011

The Basel problem One question that has as an answer was posed by Pietro Mengoli in 1644: “What is the value of ?” This became known as the Basel Problem, and Leonhard Euler solved it and announced his solution in 1735 when he as 28 years old. Euler showed – at first not entirely rigorously […]