Riddle’s answer is not pie in the sky, says Terry, 42

Terry? Saunders who believes he has discovered the meaning of Pi  w122208b

Terry? Saunders who believes he has discovered the meaning of Pi w122208b

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A Whitby man believes he can have his cake and eat it after claiming that he has solved a maths problem which has baffled some of the greatest minds throughout history.

Terry Saunders, of Westbourne Road, says he calculated the meaning of Pi - a riddle which some mathemeticians spent their whole lives trying to conquer - during last year’s Christmas holidays.

“Last year, I was sort of travelling around the world and looking into different bits of things and maths came out from that,” said the 42-year-old.

“Since I became enlightened last year, I have had my head stuck in maths and over the Christmas period I got the answer to Pi and I knew I was right.”

The number Pi - equal approximately to 3.14159 - is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. It is an irrational number which means digits never end or repeat in any known way.

Mr Saunders is considering delivering his theorum (pictured above) which uses Fibonacci numbers to the academic world but instead elected to tell Gazette readers about his achievement first of all.