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All About Pi
Math nerds everywhere are digging into a slice of pecan pie today
to celebrate their most iconic irrational number: pi. After all,
March 14, or 3/14, is the perfect time to honor the essential
mathematical constant, whose first digits are 3.14.
Pi, or π, is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Because it is irrational, it can’t be written as a fraction. Instead, it is an infinitely long, nonrepeating number.
But how was this irrational number discovered, and after thousands of years of being studied, does this number still have any secrets? From the number’s ancient origins to its murky future, here are some of the most surprising facts about pi.
Credit: DeymosHR/Shutterstock
Memorizing pi
The record for the most digits of pi memorized belongs to Rajveer Meena of Vellore, India, who recited 70,000 decimal places of pi on March 21, 2015, according to Guinness World Records^{[1]}. Previously, Chao Lu, of China, who recited pi from memory to 67,890 places in 2005, held the record, according to Guinness World Records.
The unofficial record holder is Akira Haraguchi, who videotaped a performance of his recitation of 100,000 decimal places of pi in 2005, and more recently topped 117,000 decimal places, the Guardian reported.
Number enthusiasts^{[2]} have memorized many digits of pi. Many people use memory aids^{[3]}, such as mnemonic techniques known as piphilology, to help them remember. Often, they use poems written in Pilish (in which the number of letters in each word corresponds to a digit of pi), such as this excerpt:
How I want a drink, alcoholic of course, after the heavy lectures involving quantum mechanics.
Now I fall, a tired suburbian in liquid under the trees,
Drifting alongside forests simmering red in the twilight over Europe.
Credit: WhiteHaven/Shutterstock.com
All About Pi
Math nerds everywhere are digging into a slice of pecan pie today to celebrate their most iconic irrational number: pi. After all, March 14, or 3/14, is the perfect time to honor the essential mathematical constant, whose first digits are 3.14.
Pi, or π, is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Because it is irrational, it can’t be written as a fraction. Instead, it is an infinitely long, nonrepeating number.
But how was this irrational number discovered, and after thousands of years of being studied, does this number still have any secrets? From the number’s ancient origins to its murky future, here are some of the most surprising facts about pi.
Credit: DeymosHR/Shutterstock
Memorizing pi
The record for the most digits of pi memorized belongs to Rajveer Meena of Vellore, India, who recited 70,000 decimal places of pi on March 21, 2015, according to Guinness World Records^{[4]}. Previously, Chao Lu, of China, who recited pi from memory to 67,890 places in 2005, held the record, according to Guinness World Records.
The unofficial record holder is Akira Haraguchi, who videotaped a performance of his recitation of 100,000 decimal places of pi in 2005, and more recently topped 117,000 decimal places, the Guardian reported.
Number enthusiasts^{[5]} have memorized many digits of pi. Many people use memory aids^{[6]}, such as mnemonic techniques known as piphilology, to help them remember. Often, they use poems written in Pilish (in which the number of letters in each word corresponds to a digit of pi), such as this excerpt:
How I want a drink, alcoholic of course, after the heavy lectures involving quantum mechanics.
Now I fall, a tired suburbian in liquid under the trees,
Drifting alongside forests simmering red in the twilight over Europe.
Credit: PathDoc/Shutterstock
There’s a pi “language”
Literary nerds invented a dialect known as Pilish, in which the numbers of letters in successive words match the digits of pi. For example, Mike Keith wrote the book “Not A Wake” (Vinculum Press, 2010) entirely in Pilish:
Now I fall, a tired suburbian in liquid under the trees,
Drifting alongside forests simmering red in the twilight over
Europe.
(“Now” has three letters, “I” has one letter, “fall” has four letters, and so on.)
Credit: WhiteHaven/Shutterstock.com
All About Pi
Math nerds everywhere are digging into a slice of pecan pie today to celebrate their most iconic irrational number: pi. After all, March 14, or 3/14, is the perfect time to honor the essential mathematical constant, whose first digits are 3.14.
Pi, or π, is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Because it is irrational, it can’t be written as a fraction. Instead, it is an infinitely long, nonrepeating number.
But how was this irrational number discovered, and after thousands of years of being studied, does this number still have any secrets? From the number’s ancient origins to its murky future, here are some of the most surprising facts about pi. [The 9 Most Massive Numbers in Existence^{[7]}]
Credit: DeymosHR/Shutterstock
Memorizing pi
The record for the most digits of pi memorized belongs to Rajveer Meena of Vellore, India, who recited 70,000 decimal places of pi on March 21, 2015, according to Guinness World Records^{[8]}. Previously, Chao Lu, of China, who recited pi from memory to 67,890 places in 2005, held the record, according to Guinness World Records.
The unofficial record holder is Akira Haraguchi, who videotaped a performance of his recitation of 100,000 decimal places of pi in 2005, and more recently topped 117,000 decimal places, the Guardian reported.
Number enthusiasts^{[9]} have memorized many digits of pi. Many people use memory aids^{[10]}, such as mnemonic techniques known as piphilology, to help them remember. Often, they use poems written in Pilish (in which the number of letters in each word corresponds to a digit of pi), such as this excerpt:
How I want a drink, alcoholic of course, after the heavy lectures involving quantum mechanics.
Now I fall, a tired suburbian in liquid under the trees,
Drifting alongside forests simmering red in the twilight over Europe.
Credit: PathDoc/Shutterstock
There’s a pi “language”
Literary nerds invented a dialect known as Pilish, in which the numbers of letters in successive words match the digits of pi. For example, Mike Keith wrote the book “Not A Wake” (Vinculum Press, 2010) entirely in Pilish:
Now I fall, a tired suburbian in liquid under the trees,
Drifting alongside forests simmering red in the twilight over
Europe.
(“Now” has three letters, “I” has one letter, “fall” has four letters, and so on.)
Credit: Nageh/Wikimedia Commons
Exponential increase
Because pi is an infinite number, humans will, by definition, never determine every single digit of pi. However, the number of decimal places calculated has grown exponentially since pi’s first use. The Babylonians thought the fraction 3 1/8 was good enough in 2000 B.C., while the ancient Chinese and the writers of the Old Testament (Kings 7:23) seemed perfectly happy to use the integer 3. But by 1665, Sir Isaac Newton^{[11]} had calculated pi to 16 decimal places. By 1719, French mathematician Thomas Fantet de Lagny had calculated 127 decimal places, according to “A History of Pi” (St. Martin’s Press, 1976). [The Most Massive Numbers in Existence^{[12]}]
The advent of computers radically improved humans’ knowledge of pi. Between 1949 and 1967, the number of known decimal places of pi skyrocketed from 2,037 on the ENIAC computer to 500,000 on the CDC 6600 in Paris, according to “A History of Pi” (St. Martin’s Press, 1976). And late last year, Peter Trueb, a scientist at the Swiss company Dectris Ltd., used a multithreaded computer program to calculate 22,459,157,718,361 digits of pi over the course of 105 days, according to the group^{[13]}.
Hand-calculating pi
Those who are hoping to calculate pi using an old-fashioned technique can accomplish the task using a ruler, a can and a piece of string, or a protractor and a pencil. The downside of the can method is that it requires a can that is actually round, and the accuracy is limited by how well a person can loop string around its circumference. Similarly, drawing a circle with a protractor and then measuring its diameter or radius with a ruler involves a fair amount of dexterity and precision.
A more precise option is to use geometry. Break up a circle into multiple segments (such as eight or 10 pizza slices). Then, calculate the length of a straight line that would turn the slice into an isosceles triangle, which has two sides of equal length. Adding up all the sides yields a rough approximation for pi. The more slices you create, the more accurate the approximation of pi will be
Discovery of pi
The ancient Babylonians^{[14]} knew of pi’s existence nearly 4,000 years ago. A Babylonian tablet from between 1900 B.C. and 1680 B.C. calculates pi as 3.125, and the Rhind Mathematical Papyrus of 1650 B.C., a famous Egyptian mathematical document, lists a value of 3.1605. The King James Bible (I Kings 7:23) gives an approximation of pi in cubits, an archaic unit of length corresponding to the length of the forearm from the elbow to the middle finger tip (estimated at about 18 inches, or 46 centimeters), according to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay^{[15]}. The Greek mathematician Archimedes (287-212 B.C.) approximated pi using the Pythagorean theorem^{[16]}, a geometric relationship between the length of a triangle’s sides and the area of the polygons inside and outside of circles.
Is pi normal?
Pi is definitely weird, but is it normal? Though mathematicians have plumbed many of the mysteries of this irrational number, there are still some unanswered questions.
Mathematicians still don’t know whether pi belongs in the club of so-called normal numbers — or numbers that have the same frequency of all the digits — meaning that 0 through 9 each occur 10 percent of the time, according to Trueb’s website pi2e.ch^{[17]}. In a paper published Nov. 30, 2016, in the preprint journal arXiv^{[18]}, Trueb calculated that, at least based on the first 2.24 trillion digits, the frequency of the numbers 0 through 9 suggest pi is normal. Of course, given that pi has an infinite number of digits, the only way to show this for sure is to create an airtight math proof. So far, proofs for this most famous of irrational numbers has eluded scientists, though they have come up with some bounds on the properties and distribution of its digits.
Reading the article, it came to mind that pi has something like cosmological significance, which is to say, there is something cosmological about it that has not been discovered, and it is not to be found on a two dimensional field. Beyond that, I remain ignorant. The infinite-seeming exterior background galaxies and the spac-time beyond them suggest its strangeness. It can be suggested, that because of the fact that the product of the dimensions of the gravitational constant and the speed of light are the same as the dimensions of the speed of light to the fourth power, That is, using the format in Woan’s “Cambridge Handbook of Physics Formulas” page 16, [ G * F ] = [ L^3 M^-1 T^-2 ] * [ L M T^-2 ] = [ L^4 T^-4 ] = c^4.
The unusually powerful high explosive C4 comes to mind. A different question arose: How much hydrogen would it take, at E = m*c^2, to put one kilogram into, say, a synchronous orbit around the Earth? Around the Sun?
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References
- ^{^} according to Guinness World Records (www.guinnessworldrecords.com)
- ^{^} Number enthusiasts (www.livescience.com)
- ^{^} memory aids (www.livescience.com)
- ^{^} according to Guinness World Records (www.guinnessworldrecords.com)
- ^{^} Number enthusiasts (www.livescience.com)
- ^{^} memory aids (www.livescience.com)
- ^{^} The 9 Most Massive Numbers in Existence (www.livescience.com)
- ^{^} according to Guinness World Records (www.guinnessworldrecords.com)
- ^{^} Number enthusiasts (www.livescience.com)
- ^{^} memory aids (www.livescience.com)
- ^{^} Isaac Newton (www.livescience.com)
- ^{^} The Most Massive Numbers in Existence (www.livescience.com)
- ^{^} according to the group (pi2e.ch)
- ^{^} ancient Babylonians (www.livescience.com)
- ^{^} according to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (www.uwgb.edu)
- ^{^} Pythagorean theorem (www.livescience.com)
- ^{^} according to Trueb’s website pi2e.ch (pi2e.ch)
- ^{^} preprint journal arXiv (arxiv.org)
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All About Pi
Math nerds everywhere are digging into a slice of pecan pie today
to celebrate their most iconic irrational number: pi. After all,
March 14, or 3/14, is the perfect time to honor the essential
mathematical constant, whose first digits are 3.14.
Pi, or π, is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Because it is irrational, it can’t be written as a fraction. Instead, it is an infinitely long, nonrepeating number.
But how was this irrational number discovered, and after thousands of years of being studied, does this number still have any secrets? From the number’s ancient origins to its murky future, here are some of the most surprising facts about pi.
Credit: DeymosHR/Shutterstock
Memorizing pi
The record for the most digits of pi memorized belongs to Rajveer Meena of Vellore, India, who recited 70,000 decimal places of pi on March 21, 2015, according to Guinness World Records^{[1]}. Previously, Chao Lu, of China, who recited pi from memory to 67,890 places in 2005, held the record, according to Guinness World Records.
The unofficial record holder is Akira Haraguchi, who videotaped a performance of his recitation of 100,000 decimal places of pi in 2005, and more recently topped 117,000 decimal places, the Guardian reported.
Number enthusiasts^{[2]} have memorized many digits of pi. Many people use memory aids^{[3]}, such as mnemonic techniques known as piphilology, to help them remember. Often, they use poems written in Pilish (in which the number of letters in each word corresponds to a digit of pi), such as this excerpt:
How I want a drink, alcoholic of course, after the heavy lectures involving quantum mechanics.
Now I fall, a tired suburbian in liquid under the trees,
Drifting alongside forests simmering red in the twilight over Europe.
Credit: WhiteHaven/Shutterstock.com
All About Pi
Math nerds everywhere are digging into a slice of pecan pie today to celebrate their most iconic irrational number: pi. After all, March 14, or 3/14, is the perfect time to honor the essential mathematical constant, whose first digits are 3.14.
Pi, or π, is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Because it is irrational, it can’t be written as a fraction. Instead, it is an infinitely long, nonrepeating number.
But how was this irrational number discovered, and after thousands of years of being studied, does this number still have any secrets? From the number’s ancient origins to its murky future, here are some of the most surprising facts about pi.
Credit: DeymosHR/Shutterstock
Memorizing pi
The record for the most digits of pi memorized belongs to Rajveer Meena of Vellore, India, who recited 70,000 decimal places of pi on March 21, 2015, according to Guinness World Records^{[4]}. Previously, Chao Lu, of China, who recited pi from memory to 67,890 places in 2005, held the record, according to Guinness World Records.
The unofficial record holder is Akira Haraguchi, who videotaped a performance of his recitation of 100,000 decimal places of pi in 2005, and more recently topped 117,000 decimal places, the Guardian reported.
Number enthusiasts^{[5]} have memorized many digits of pi. Many people use memory aids^{[6]}, such as mnemonic techniques known as piphilology, to help them remember. Often, they use poems written in Pilish (in which the number of letters in each word corresponds to a digit of pi), such as this excerpt:
How I want a drink, alcoholic of course, after the heavy lectures involving quantum mechanics.
Now I fall, a tired suburbian in liquid under the trees,
Drifting alongside forests simmering red in the twilight over Europe.
Credit: PathDoc/Shutterstock
There’s a pi “language”
Literary nerds invented a dialect known as Pilish, in which the numbers of letters in successive words match the digits of pi. For example, Mike Keith wrote the book “Not A Wake” (Vinculum Press, 2010) entirely in Pilish:
Now I fall, a tired suburbian in liquid under the trees,
Drifting alongside forests simmering red in the twilight over
Europe.
(“Now” has three letters, “I” has one letter, “fall” has four letters, and so on.)
Credit: WhiteHaven/Shutterstock.com
All About Pi
Math nerds everywhere are digging into a slice of pecan pie today to celebrate their most iconic irrational number: pi. After all, March 14, or 3/14, is the perfect time to honor the essential mathematical constant, whose first digits are 3.14.
Pi, or π, is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Because it is irrational, it can’t be written as a fraction. Instead, it is an infinitely long, nonrepeating number.
But how was this irrational number discovered, and after thousands of years of being studied, does this number still have any secrets? From the number’s ancient origins to its murky future, here are some of the most surprising facts about pi. [The 9 Most Massive Numbers in Existence^{[7]}]
Credit: DeymosHR/Shutterstock
Memorizing pi
The record for the most digits of pi memorized belongs to Rajveer Meena of Vellore, India, who recited 70,000 decimal places of pi on March 21, 2015, according to Guinness World Records^{[8]}. Previously, Chao Lu, of China, who recited pi from memory to 67,890 places in 2005, held the record, according to Guinness World Records.
The unofficial record holder is Akira Haraguchi, who videotaped a performance of his recitation of 100,000 decimal places of pi in 2005, and more recently topped 117,000 decimal places, the Guardian reported.
Number enthusiasts^{[9]} have memorized many digits of pi. Many people use memory aids^{[10]}, such as mnemonic techniques known as piphilology, to help them remember. Often, they use poems written in Pilish (in which the number of letters in each word corresponds to a digit of pi), such as this excerpt:
How I want a drink, alcoholic of course, after the heavy lectures involving quantum mechanics.
Now I fall, a tired suburbian in liquid under the trees,
Drifting alongside forests simmering red in the twilight over Europe.
Credit: PathDoc/Shutterstock
There’s a pi “language”
Literary nerds invented a dialect known as Pilish, in which the numbers of letters in successive words match the digits of pi. For example, Mike Keith wrote the book “Not A Wake” (Vinculum Press, 2010) entirely in Pilish:
Now I fall, a tired suburbian in liquid under the trees,
Drifting alongside forests simmering red in the twilight over
Europe.
(“Now” has three letters, “I” has one letter, “fall” has four letters, and so on.)
Credit: Nageh/Wikimedia Commons
Exponential increase
Because pi is an infinite number, humans will, by definition, never determine every single digit of pi. However, the number of decimal places calculated has grown exponentially since pi’s first use. The Babylonians thought the fraction 3 1/8 was good enough in 2000 B.C., while the ancient Chinese and the writers of the Old Testament (Kings 7:23) seemed perfectly happy to use the integer 3. But by 1665, Sir Isaac Newton^{[11]} had calculated pi to 16 decimal places. By 1719, French mathematician Thomas Fantet de Lagny had calculated 127 decimal places, according to “A History of Pi” (St. Martin’s Press, 1976). [The Most Massive Numbers in Existence^{[12]}]
The advent of computers radically improved humans’ knowledge of pi. Between 1949 and 1967, the number of known decimal places of pi skyrocketed from 2,037 on the ENIAC computer to 500,000 on the CDC 6600 in Paris, according to “A History of Pi” (St. Martin’s Press, 1976). And late last year, Peter Trueb, a scientist at the Swiss company Dectris Ltd., used a multithreaded computer program to calculate 22,459,157,718,361 digits of pi over the course of 105 days, according to the group^{[13]}.
Hand-calculating pi
Those who are hoping to calculate pi using an old-fashioned technique can accomplish the task using a ruler, a can and a piece of string, or a protractor and a pencil. The downside of the can method is that it requires a can that is actually round, and the accuracy is limited by how well a person can loop string around its circumference. Similarly, drawing a circle with a protractor and then measuring its diameter or radius with a ruler involves a fair amount of dexterity and precision.
A more precise option is to use geometry. Break up a circle into multiple segments (such as eight or 10 pizza slices). Then, calculate the length of a straight line that would turn the slice into an isosceles triangle, which has two sides of equal length. Adding up all the sides yields a rough approximation for pi. The more slices you create, the more accurate the approximation of pi will be
Discovery of pi
The ancient Babylonians^{[14]} knew of pi’s existence nearly 4,000 years ago. A Babylonian tablet from between 1900 B.C. and 1680 B.C. calculates pi as 3.125, and the Rhind Mathematical Papyrus of 1650 B.C., a famous Egyptian mathematical document, lists a value of 3.1605. The King James Bible (I Kings 7:23) gives an approximation of pi in cubits, an archaic unit of length corresponding to the length of the forearm from the elbow to the middle finger tip (estimated at about 18 inches, or 46 centimeters), according to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay^{[15]}. The Greek mathematician Archimedes (287-212 B.C.) approximated pi using the Pythagorean theorem^{[16]}, a geometric relationship between the length of a triangle’s sides and the area of the polygons inside and outside of circles.
Is pi normal?
Pi is definitely weird, but is it normal? Though mathematicians have plumbed many of the mysteries of this irrational number, there are still some unanswered questions.
Mathematicians still don’t know whether pi belongs in the club of so-called normal numbers — or numbers that have the same frequency of all the digits — meaning that 0 through 9 each occur 10 percent of the time, according to Trueb’s website pi2e.ch^{[17]}. In a paper published Nov. 30, 2016, in the preprint journal arXiv^{[18]}, Trueb calculated that, at least based on the first 2.24 trillion digits, the frequency of the numbers 0 through 9 suggest pi is normal. Of course, given that pi has an infinite number of digits, the only way to show this for sure is to create an airtight math proof. So far, proofs for this most famous of irrational numbers has eluded scientists, though they have come up with some bounds on the properties and distribution of its digits.
Reading the article, it came to mind that pi has something like cosmological significance, which is to say, there is something cosmological about it that has not been discovered, and it is not to be found on a two dimensional field. Beyond that, I remain ignorant. The infinite-seeming exterior background galaxies and the spac-time beyond them suggest its strangeness. It can be suggested, that because of the fact that the product of the dimensions of the gravitational constant and the speed of light are the same as the dimensions of the speed of light to the fourth power, That is, using the format in Woan’s “Cambridge Handbook of Physics Formulas” page 16, [ G * F ] = [ L^3 M^-1 T^-2 ] * [ L M T^-2 ] = [ L^4 T^-4 ] = c^4.
The unusually powerful high explosive C4 comes to mind. A different question arose: How much hydrogen would it take, at E = m*c^2, to put one kilogram into, say, a synchronous orbit around the Earth? Around the Sun?
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References
- ^{^} according to Guinness World Records (www.guinnessworldrecords.com)
- ^{^} Number enthusiasts (www.livescience.com)
- ^{^} memory aids (www.livescience.com)
- ^{^} according to Guinness World Records (www.guinnessworldrecords.com)
- ^{^} Number enthusiasts (www.livescience.com)
- ^{^} memory aids (www.livescience.com)
- ^{^} The 9 Most Massive Numbers in Existence (www.livescience.com)
- ^{^} according to Guinness World Records (www.guinnessworldrecords.com)
- ^{^} Number enthusiasts (www.livescience.com)
- ^{^} memory aids (www.livescience.com)
- ^{^} Isaac Newton (www.livescience.com)
- ^{^} The Most Massive Numbers in Existence (www.livescience.com)
- ^{^} according to the group (pi2e.ch)
- ^{^} ancient Babylonians (www.livescience.com)
- ^{^} according to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (www.uwgb.edu)
- ^{^} Pythagorean theorem (www.livescience.com)
- ^{^} according to Trueb’s website pi2e.ch (pi2e.ch)
- ^{^} preprint journal arXiv (arxiv.org)
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