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used in The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

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mathematics:  an important constant representing the circumference of any circle divided by its diameter (about 3.14, but an irrational number; i.e., with infinite decimals providing a closer approximation)
  • But so determin'd I was to continue doing a sheet a day of the folio, that one night, when, having impos'd my forms, I thought my day's work over, one of them by accident was broken, and two pages reduced to pi, I immediately distributed and compos'd it over again before I went to bed; and this industry, visible to our neighbors, began to give us character and credit; particularly, I was told, that mention being made of the new printing-office at the merchants' Every-night club, the...

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