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Randomly Distributed Slices of π

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Science  03 Aug 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5531, pp. 793
DOI: 10.1126/science.293.5531.793

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Summary

Mathematicians have had surprising difficulty proving that the digits of p are indeed randomly distributed, meaning that you have no information about what any given digit will be even when you know the previous one. Now two mathematicians have taken a large step toward proving p's randomness, perhaps opening the door to a solution of a centuries-old conundrum.