### Andrej Bauer

Shared publicly -I got a letter (excerpt quoted below), and I wonder what the best reply would be. I usually reply, respectfully and to the point. I once found a bug in a two-page proof of Fermat's theorem by a person who wrote math competently but made an honest error involving gcd's. He couldn't get anyone to look at his proof. He thanked me for putting him out of his misery. The present case seems more difficult. Perhaps that video of Vi Hart would help? What do you usually do?

"Respected sir,

Here I am representing different method than others so please go through it. ....[stuff omitted].... The whole world assumes that pi is transcendental number but I want to prove that pi is not transcendental. If you keep this concept apart from your brain & read the whole proof you will also get that assurance. If pi is transcendental then 1 = 0.99999… which is not exact?

.... [stuff omitted] ....Thus I found that the value of π is (17 -8√3)."

"Respected sir,

Here I am representing different method than others so please go through it. ....[stuff omitted].... The whole world assumes that pi is transcendental number but I want to prove that pi is not transcendental. If you keep this concept apart from your brain & read the whole proof you will also get that assurance. If pi is transcendental then 1 = 0.99999… which is not exact?

.... [stuff omitted] ....Thus I found that the value of π is (17 -8√3)."

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Well, I do not appreciate such language. I am closing off this discussion because it is a complete waste of time.