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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
The ValueOfPi is irrational (more specifically, transcendental); what follows are either approximations or infinite expressions.
Here, have some digits:
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.