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I'm pretty sure that when we say irrational numbers don't repeat, we mean they can't be written like 1/3 = 0.(3), not that a given string of digits can't be found more than once -- if the decimal part of pi is an infinite sequence of digits then surely every substring of digits necessarily repeats infinite times.

But if you mean that the string of digits that make up the decimal part of pi might be an infinitely repeating string, like say if it were 3.(1415), then it wouldn't be irrational because it would be expressible as a ratio. And we know it is irrational: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proof_that_%CF%80_is_irrational

But if you mean that the string of digits that make up the decimal part of pi might be an infinitely repeating string, like say if it were 3.(1415), then it wouldn't be irrational because it would be expressible as a ratio. And we know it is irrational: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proof_that_%CF%80_is_irrational

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if the decimal part of pi is an infinite sequence of digits then surely every substring of digits necessarily repeats infinite times |

I am not sure at all that this is true. Wikipedia is silent on the issue, so it definitely hasn't been proved (if such a statement gets proved, it will likely make mainstream media world news). I would also speculate your statement has not been disproved either.

There are irrational numbers for which not all sequences of digits appear in their decimal expansion. In fact, one such number was already mentioned in one of the previous posts:

0.1001000100001000001...

(this irrational number doesn't contain the integers 2,3,..,9 in its decimal expansion at all).

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I am not sure at all that this is true |

Oh, it seemed to make sense to me so I just sort of assumed. Obviously that was a stupid thing to do. Never mind. Thanks for the correction.

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0.1001000100001000001... (this irrational number doesn't contain the integers 2,3,..,9 in its decimal expansion at all). |

this is binary (with a decimal at the start) not an irrational number :p

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this is binary (with a decimal at the start) not an irrational number |

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