# Side-and-Diagonal Numbers

by F. V. Waugh and Margaret W. Maxfield

Year of Award: 1968

Publication Information: Mathematics Magazine, vol. 40, 1967, pp. 74-83

Summary:  The article deals with the history of rational approximations to irrational numbers, $$a_n/b_n$$. Under appropriate conditions the the numbers $$a_n$$ are called "diagonal numbers" and the denominators are called "side numbers."

About the Author: (from Mathematics Magazine, vol. 40, (1967)) F.V. Waugh was in Arlington , VA at the time of publication and Margaret W. Maxfield was in Gainesville, FL.

Subject classification(s): Algebra and Number Theory | Number Theory | Irrational Numbers | Mathematics History
Publication Date:
Wednesday, September 24, 2008