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Pi Day is a lie: celebrate tau, the true circle constant instead

The Verge Thursday, 14 March 2019 ()
Pi Day is a lie: celebrate tau, the true circle constant insteadToday is Pi Day, perhaps the most popular of geeky holidays. Hooray. But I’m here to tell you that Pi Day is wrong — or rather, the entire idea of pi as a mathematical concept is wrong.

It’s easy enough to see why people like Pi Day: the whole thing starts with a mathematical pun of sorts (The date is written as 3/14 in American notation. Pi starts with the digits 3.14. You get it.) It’s an easy, fun ritual to see how many digits you can pointlessly memorize of the famously never-ending, never-repeating number (even though 39 digits is more than sufficient for almost any calculations you’ll ever need). Plus pi sounds like pie, and who doesn’t like pie?

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10 Surprising Pi Day Facts In honor of Pi Day on March 14, here are 10 facts about the essential math constant. 1. Because pi is an infinite number, every single digit will never be determined. Pi has currently been calculated to 22,459,257,718,361 digits. 2. Pi has it’s own writing style called...

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