**Article**(from Quora, re: Alejandro Jenkins)

How do you prove that a number is a transcendental number?

**Summary**

Although the concept of "transcendental number" was not defined during Newton's time, Newton's

*Principia*contained the germ of idea that seems to lead to a relatively easy proof of the idea that

*p*is transcendental. Arnol'd described how Newton showed that the trajectory of planets cannot be expressed in terms of any polynomial function of time.

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