Pi Day Watch

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I'm tempted to say, 'which is still more decimal places than you'd ever need for practical applications', or something like that, but I'll shut my inner phycisist up, because that's actually pretty cool.

Incentive to to go university to do maths: There are enough people who get properly excited about Pi to have proper parties celebrating it. I've never been to a Pi party before, but last night was quite epic.

Does anyone know where I can find the Seahorses song, 'Something Tells Me'? That has itty bits of Pi in the backing vocals. 'tis cool.
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3.141592653589793238462643383279 5028
84197169399375105820974944592307 8164
06286208998628034825342117067982 1480
86513282306647

I learned it years and years ago. Used to know about 150 digits but if someone requests a recital you rarely get that far so the last few have dropped off.
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3.141592653589793238464

I'm sure I can remember it to that number of places.

3.141592653589793238464
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(Original post by ImperceptibleNinja)
Incentive to to go university to do maths: There are enough people who get properly excited about Pi to have proper parties celebrating it. I've never been to a Pi party before, but last night was quite epic.
Really? There are masses of undergrad math students at my university (huge maths faculty) but I don't think that there are many who are very interested in maths, probably not enough for a party.

Saying that, I don't think that any of the people who are interested in maths are interested in Pi day.

The other reason I don't like it is because I think it enforces a negative stereotype of the maths enthusiast as a wacky numerologist interested in learning lists of numbers.
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(Original post by Jake22)
Really? There are masses of undergrad math students at my university (huge maths faculty) but I don't think that there are many who are very interested in maths, probably not enough for a party.

Saying that, I don't think that any of the people who are interested in maths are interested in Pi day.

The other reason I don't like it is because I think it enforces a negative stereotype of the maths enthusiast as a wacky numerologist interested in learning lists of numbers.
What? You mean maths isn't just working out the 92837498237498372984th digit of pi?!

*gives up*

Incidentally, my teacher made me learn it to 61 decimal places.
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(Original post by Jake22)
Really? There are masses of undergrad math students at my university (huge maths faculty) but I don't think that there are many who are very interested in maths, probably not enough for a party.

Saying that, I don't think that any of the people who are interested in maths are interested in Pi day.

The other reason I don't like it is because I think it enforces a negative stereotype of the maths enthusiast as a wacky numerologist interested in learning lists of numbers.
I do agree that it encourages misconceptions about maths and the people who study it a bit. Our party didn't take itself too seriously, if that counts for anything. If someone had walked in and told us we were a bunch of very sad, strange people, we probably would have paused, then gone, 'Yes... we know. But check out this apple pie!' :cool:
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(Original post by Lusus Naturae)
I particularly liked:

"While there are many infinitely long numbers in maths, pi is the only one in which an infinitely simple idea - the circle - unfolds into an infinitely complex value. This paradox drives many people to distraction."
agreed

who has actually been 'driven to distraction'!? :confused:
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nope
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Did you know that pi is supposed to be pronounced "pee"?
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Did you know that pi is supposed to be pronounced "pee"?
Ooh, excellent. I can feel mathematically inspired every time I go to the toilet.
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Although it makes the old jokes about apple pi and the like redundant, it opens up a new wealth of possibilities :p:
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I don't really like how you'd have to re-think pi parties to fit in with this pronounciation.
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Pi day is my birthday . Its the 22nd July because its 22/7 which is the diophantine approximation of Pi.

Diophantine approximation? I thought that in mathematics diophantine refers to "integer equations".

Also, I know it to 40 decimal places (don't put that much time into it, just enough to keep the brain ticking over (learning the squares is of more interest to me))
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I only know it up to 3.14159
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Although it makes the old jokes about apple pi and the like redundant, it opens up a new wealth of possibilities :p:
I think one of my favourite Pi related jokes is as follows:

Why did the maths student go to Hull, Coventry and Slough with baked goods?

Because his teacher told him to take pie to three dismal places.

*drumrollcymbal.wav*

*groan*
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(Original post by Jake22)
*drumrollcymbal.wav*
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Did you know that pi is supposed to be pronounced "pee"?
Well... if we're Greek, yes. Last time I checked, I wasn't. :p:
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Modern Greeks pronounce Euclid like "Efclid". The miracles of sound change!
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added a link to a paper chain with loads of decimal places of pi in it
and had pi written on my hand, forehead, neck
all in all was a fun pi day
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