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Math historians often state that the Egyptians thought pi = 256/81. In fact, there is no direct evidence that the Egyptians conceived of a constant number pi, much less tried to calculate it. Rather, they were simply interested in finding the relationship between the circle and the square, probably to accomplish the task of precisely measuring land and buildings. David Blatner, the joy of pi 
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