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Today is March 14, also known to the mathematical community as day. 3-14
March 14th is also Albert Einstein's birthday
Pi (pi), n., pl. pis. l. in the Greek alphabet, the 16th letter (II). 2. the sound represented by this letter. 3. Math. a. the letter pi, used as the symbol for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. b. 3.141592+, the ratio itself. [1835-45; pi, pei; used in mathematics to represent Greek peripherion periphery]
For anyone that has ever touched any form of trigonometry, geometry, or calculus - the significance of pi becomes very clear, both in the ideal Cartesian plane, and in the natural world. From a drop of water, to the planets and the stars, pi is a necessary constant in determining the circumference, area, or volume of any spherical or circular object - all that is needed is the diameter. However, pi is irrational, it's preciseness will never be fully uncovered In the Greek alphabet, pi is the sixteenth letter (and 16 is the square of 4). In the English alphabet, p is also the sixteenth letter, and i is the ninth letter (the square of 3). Add them up (16+9), and you get 25 (the square of five). Multiply them (16x9), and you get 144 (the square of 12). Divide 9 by 16, and you get .5625 (the square of .75). It's no wonder that they say, "Pi are squared!" Q: What do you get if you divide the circumference of a jack-o-lantern by its diameter? A: Pumpkin pi. A little known verse of the Bible reads
Inte rest ing Facts:
The height of an elephant (from foot to shoulder) = 2 x pi x the diameter of its foot. If a billion decimals of pi were printed in 12 point Arial, they would stretch to the middle of Kansas. Using the formula r2, Forty-seven decimal places of pi would be sufficient to precisely inscribe a circle inside the visible universe. This circle would be accurate enough to not deviate from perfect circularity more than the distance across a single proton.
And he made a molten sea, ten cubits from the one brim to the other: it was round all about, and his height was five cubits: and a line of thirty cubits did compass it about. (I Kings 7, 23)
The same verse can be found in II Chronicles 4, 2. It occurs in a list of specifications for the great temple of Solomon, built around 950 BC and its interest here is that it gives = 3
Things to do on Pi day!
Paint a digit of pi on each nail Buy an warm apple pi…….. Dial 3141 to wish Leigh Ann and Jen a Happy Pi Day! Find out if the post office in Savannah, Georgia knows the significance of its zip code. Assume that the letter A will equal the number 1, and go through the alphabet like that. Now, write down some digits of pi, and start decoding.
Microwave some popcorn for 3 minutes and 14 seconds and tell me it isn’t just Perfect! Memorize it! The current world record for pi memorization was made in 1995, when a Japanese man recited 42,000 digits from memory in just over nine hours. Beat that! Web Links: The Pi-Search Page - http://www.angio.net/pi/piquery Pi: The Movie - http://www.pithemovie.com/pithemovie.html Pi: The Fragrance - http://www.luxurycorner.com/pi-men.html Pi in Nature - http://witcombe.sbc.edu/earthmysteries/EMPi.html Memorization strategies – http://www.comma.net/webcam/pi/ -Paul Irish (P.I.), 159 digits -Duane D. Dawson, 119 digits