# Mathematician:John Machin

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## Mathematician

English professor of astronomy, best known for developing a quickly converging series for $\pi$ (pi) in $1706$ and using it to compute $\pi$ to $100$ decimal places.

While he supposedly enjoyed a high mathematical reputation, the rest of his works were inferior.

## Nationality

English

## History

- Born: c. 1686 in England
- Died: 9 June 1751 in London, England

## Theorems

- Machin's Formula for Pi (also known as Machin's Identity)

Results named for **John Machin** can be found here.

## Publications

*The Laws of the Moon's Motion According to Gravity**Quadrature of the Circle*- 1738:
*The Solution of Kepler's Problem*

## Sources

- 1986: David Wells:
*Curious and Interesting Numbers*... (previous) ... (next): A List of Mathematicians in Chronological Sequence - 1997: David Wells:
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