Peter Borwein

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Peter Benjamin Borwein (born October 5, 1953 in St Andrews ) is a Canadian mathematician who, as a co-discoverer of the Bailey-Borwein-Plouffe formula (after D. Bailey , P. Borwein and S. Plouffe ) to calculate any hexadecimal Position of π (without knowledge of previous digits) became known. He is known as a representative of experimental mathematics .

Borwein studied at the University of Western Ontario (Bachelor 1974) and the University of British Columbia , where he completed his master’s degree in 1976 and received his doctorate in 1979 from David W. Boyd . As a post-doctoral student , he was a NATO Fellow at Oxford University in 1979/80 . In 1990 he became a professor at Dalhousie University , and since 1993 he has been a professor at Simon Fraser University .

His older brother, Jonathan Borwein , with whom he worked frequently, was also a mathematician. With him he received the Chauvenet Prize in 1993 .
Together with him and Simon Plouffe , he set up the Inverse Symbolic Calculator , an online number checker, at the end of the 1990s .

Borwein has been married since 1980 and has three daughters.


  • With Jonathan M. Borwein: Pi and the AGM , Wiley Interscience, 1998, ISBN 047131515X .
  • with Tamás Erdélyi : Polynomials and polynomial inequalities , Springer 1995

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Individual evidence

  1. Birth and career data according to American Men and Women of Science , Thomson Gale 2004
  2. ^ John Conway , Richard K. Guy : Zahlenzauber (The Book of Numbers) . 1st edition. Birkhäuser, 1997, ISBN 3-7643-5244-2 , p. 30-31 .