14 March 2006

Happy Pi day!

We were all a-buzz about Pi Day here at work. Interesting trivia heard on The Leonard Lopate Show:

  • Buffon's Needle describes the emergence of Pi from a test using lined paper and a "needle" the length of the distance between the ruled lines. The Wikipedia entry points to a Flash animation of it (although after 600 iteration, it had not yet stabilized on two decimal places).
  • The original Hebrew text of 1 Kings 7:23 from the Bible presents an odd numerological spelling of the word "circumference" that (combined with some creative maths) can be used to calculate Pi to four decimal places. Who knew the Hebrew god was l337?
  • Happy Pi Day.

    [ posted by sstrader on 14 March 2006 at 7:04:05 PM in Science & Technology ]