Someone has finally complained about an equality sign in SF#37 namely,

22[PI]^{4 } = 2143

D. Thomas has correctly pointed out that we have here only a very good approximation. Of course, one need not do the actual calculation to prove that it is an approximation, because 2143/22 is a rational fraction which can be expressed as a repeating decimal; whereas pi is irrational.

The number (2143/22)^{�} is a discovery of Ramanujan, about whom we heard on p. 000. How did he ever stumble upon this extremely accurate approximation of pi -- one that is accurate to 300 parts in a trillion? N.D. Mermin suggests that Ramanujan may have taken it from the expansion: