**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