David Volfovich Chudnovsky
(born 1947 in Kiev
) and Gregory Volfovich Chudnovsky
(born 1952 in Kiev) are American mathematicians
and engineers known for their world-record mathematical calculations and developing the Chudnovsky algorithm
used to calculate the digits of π
with extreme precision.
Careers in mathematics
A 1992 article in The New Yorker
quoted the opinion of several mathematicians that Gregory Chudnovsky was one of the world's best living mathematicians. David Chudnovsky works closely with and assists his brother Gregory, who has myasthenia gravis
The Chudnovsky brothers have held records, at different times, for computing π
to the largest number of places, including two billion digits in the early 1990s on a supercomputer they built (dubbed "m-zero") in their apartment in Manhattan
. In 1987, the Chudnovsky brothers developed the algorithm (now called the Chudnovsky algorithm
) that they used to break several π
computation records. Today, this algorithm is used by Mathematica
to calculate π
, and has continued to be used by others who have achieved world records in pi calculation
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