Simon Plouffe (born June 11, 1956, Saint-Jovite, Quebec) is a mathematician who discovered the formula for the BBP algorithm (the Bailey–Borwein–Plouffe formula) which permits the computation of the nth binary digit of π, in 1995.
He co-authored The Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences, made into the web site (On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences) dedicated to integer sequences later in 1995. In 1975, Plouffe broke the world record for memorizing digits of pi by reciting 4096 digits, a record which stood until 1977.
Plouffe discovered an algorithm for the computation of π in any base in 1996. His Inverter is a web site that contains 215 million mathematical constants as of June 3, 2012.
- ^ Works by Simon Plouffe at Project Gutenberg; accessed March 23, 2015.
- ^ David H. Bailey. The BBP Algorithm for Pi, September 8, 2006; accessed March 23, 2015.
- ^ BBP algorithm, arxiv.org; accessed March 23, 2015.
- ^ The story behind a formula for Pi, groups.google.com; accessed June 23, 2003
- ^ Plouffe works, arxiv.org; accessed March 23, 2015.