We've talked about various things named after Jews: cities, atomic elements, mountains, moon craters...

What about numbers?

Yes, numbers. No, not of your usual counting variety; 9 is not named after an ancient Jewish philosopher. We're talking about irrational numbers; some of them are of increased interest to mathematicians, and are given names. *Π* is the most known example. Or, for those who remember their high school math, *e*.

Well, there are a bunch of irrational numbers named after Jewish mathematicians, and Alexander Gelfond actually has a couple: √2^{√2} (square root of 2 to the power of square root of 2) is the Gelfond-Schneider constant. Gelfond didn't have to share the other: e^{π} (*e* to the power of *π*), or Gelfond's constant.

We could tell you why these numbers are important, but...

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