William Shanks

William Shanks

William Shanks (25 January 1812 – June 1882) was a British amateur mathematician. Shanks is famous for his calculation of π to 707 places, accomplished in 1873, which, however, was only correct up to the first 527 places. This error was highlighted in 1944 by D. F. Ferguson (using a mechanical desk calculator).Shanks earned his living by owning a boarding school at Houghton-le-Spring, which left him enough time to spend on his hobby of calculating mathematical constants. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Shanks has received more than 66,024 page views. His biography is available in 16 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 583rd most popular mathematician.

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Among mathematicians, William Shanks ranks 583 out of 746Before him are Jürgen Moser, Dénes Kőnig, Richard S. Hamilton, Martin Kutta, Solomon Lefschetz, and Ion Barbu. After him are Dmitri Egorov, David Ruelle, Edward Routh, Terence Tao, Endre Szemerédi, and Thomas Henderson.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, William Shanks ranks 2,593 out of 5,347Before him are Charles Winslow (1888), Rachel Ward (1957), Charles Wyville Thomson (1830), George Albert Smith (1864), Chiwetel Ejiofor (1977), and Neil Bartlett (1932). After him are Thomas Morley (1557), Tony Cragg (1949), Sydney Greenstreet (1879), Havergal Brian (1876), David Richards (1952), and Gladys Cooper (1888).