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Thread #59418   Message #1469790
Posted By: Amos
24-Apr-05 - 10:34 PM
Thread Name: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Pseudofact, amigo:

The ValueOfPi is irrational (more specifically, transcendental); what follows are either approximations or infinite expressions.
Here, have some digits:
3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937510
   58209749445923078164062862089986280348253421170679
   82148086513282306647093844609550582231725359408128
   48111745028410270193852110555964462294895493038196
   44288109756659334461284756482337867831652712019091
   45648566923460348610454326648213393607260249141273
   72458700660631558174881520920962829254091715364367
   89259036001133053054882046652138414695194151160943
   30572703657595919530921861173819326117931051185480
   74462379962749567351885752724891227938183011949129
   83367336244065664308602139494639522473719070217986
   09437027705392171762931767523846748184676694051320
   00568127145263560827785771342757789609173637178721
   46844090122495343014654958537105079227968925892354
   20199561121290219608640344181598136297747713099605
   18707211349999998372978049951059731732816096318595
   02445945534690830264252230825334468503526193118817
   10100031378387528865875332083814206171776691473035
   98253490428755468731159562863882353787593751957781
   8577805321712268066130019278766111959092164201989...


One should memorize the first fifty decimal places. In doing so, it may help to notice the repetition of the consecutive digit pairs '79', '32, and '38'.

Buckminster Fuller was standing a watch at the stern of an aircraft carrier in the second world war. He got to watching the churning wake and traced it all the way to the calm horizon. "What makes that wake?" he asked himself. "Bubbles," he answered himself, "tiny, perfectly round air bubbles. But how many? More than I can count. And each one as near perfectly round as I can imagine. Now to make something round, I'd have to multiply by Pi, which is a transcendental number defined to an infinite number of decimal places. Imagine Pi used to make each of those uncountable bubbles, just for me to see this wake. I don't believe it. I don't believe nature uses Pi!"

So how come we do?

See The Value of Pi for some more thoughts about this. You could call it the Antoinette theorem.

A