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A high school student Tuesday recited 8,784 digits of Pi — the non-repeating and non-terminating decimal — likely placing him among the top Pi-reciters in the world.

He was hoping to get 10,790 digits.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060316/ap_on_sc/pi_prodigy

I'm lucky if I can remember 4 digits.

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I found the last digit of pi the other day. It's not as long as everyone thinks.

(For those of you who are interested, the last digit is a 9).

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That beats the crap out of my friend who thought he was pretty BA because he could recite 40 digits of pi.

I am so emailing him that link right now...

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quote:.. so his teacher gave him 8/10 for the assignment.

Originally posted by Snaggy:A high school student Tuesday recited 8,784 digits of Pi ...

He was hoping to get 10,790 digits.

/veal

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*counts*

I can remember 10 digits of pi. :S

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Meh. I'm lucky if I can remember where the Pi key is on my scientific calculator...

and I'm doing even better if I can remember where I put said scientific calculator...

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Snaggy____________Years ago when I was a math pup there was a book of math tables and standards I believe it was published by the Chemical Rubber company, In their disclaimer at the front they had Pi to one hundred and ten places quite good for 1962, however the next line was the best, these tables are proofed against many sources and notice of any errors will be appreciated.

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Sometimes I wonder if this is what the general public thinks that mathematicians do. While impressive, this is not a "mathematical accomplishment", as the article states.

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Metasquares________________I wonder how many people know that Pi is the area of the incribed circle of unit one radius, as compared to the area of the two unit square. Who needs that level of accuracy, they hit the moon with 3 digits and mid course corrections.

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I can Remember 3.

3.14

What do i get for that?

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3.1459 IIRC

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quote:Um...that's 3.14_1_59

Originally posted by Serenak:3.1459 IIRC

and I'd go at least to 3.1415926

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(/me sings)

You've gotta' keep it in mind.

Jenny write down this number:

three point one four one five nine

(three point one four one five nine)

(/me bows)

Thank you, thank you very much.

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3.1415926535897 ... dang, I can never remember the next one. I think it's either 4, or it rounds to 4, though.

I'm told the "thing to do" for incoming freshmen at Caltech is to memorize as many digits of pi as possible in an attempt to impress the current students. They're *weird* over their, eh?

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Learn Pi set to music, courtesy of #JoyofTech: http://keithschofield.com/pi/std.html

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extended digits of pi are useless from an engineering standpoint. pi out to 40 digits describes the ratio of a circle of radius 13.7 billion ly (the universe-circle) accurate to an hydrogen atomic diameter. (ish)

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I can only remember 3.14159265358979323846

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I think that although for a human being is pretty hard to remember that length of digits, I'd leave this job to a computer... but this is

still quite amusing after all.

PS: I didn't knew there was a difference in pronunciation between π and pie.

PPS: As far as my calculator knows, I know...

3.141592654

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quote:THANK YOU!

Originally posted by Democritus the Minor:extended digits of pi are useless from an engineering standpoint. pi out to 40 digits describes the ratio of a circle of radius 13.7 billion ly (the universe-circle) accurate to an hydrogen atomic diameter. (ish)

Yes I have to scream it. I find this whole "let's find as many digits of Pi we can" stuff stupid. I heard they finds digits with some kind of algorithm, but what if the algorithm is flawed comparatively to the definition of Pi? To me, Pi is the ratio between the circumference of a circle and its radius. So has someone drawn/taken a perfect circle, measured its circumference an radius, taken into consideration the uncertainty of the measuring tool, did the division, and confirmed every new digit found? (Or am I just ignorant of the certainity level of the algorithm used?)

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quote:...and inkeeping with this admirable quality of entertainment, tonight I shall give a dramatic reading of the local telephone book. All welcome.

Originally posted by Snaggy:A high school student Tuesday recited 8,784 digits of Pi ...

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quote:Back when I was in school, my book of mathematical tables (now that's showing my age, have todays school kids even seen a book of maths tables?) had 2 pages of 'random digits', which began

Originally posted by Democritus the Minor:extended digits of pi are useless from an engineering standpoint. pi out to 40 digits describes the ratio of a circle of radius 13.7 billion ly (the universe-circle) accurate to an hydrogen atomic diameter. (ish)

14 15 92 65 35.....

Look familiar?

Digits of pi are a high-quality source of 'random' numbers.

quote:Pi is the integral of the curve x^2 + y^2 = 1

Originally posted by Stereo:I heard they finds digits with some kind of algorithm, but what if the algorithm is flawed comparatively to the definition of Pi? To me, Pi is the ratio between the circumference of a circle and its radius. So has someone drawn/taken a perfect circle, measured its circumference an radius, taken into consideration the uncertainty of the measuring tool, did the division, and confirmed every new digit found? (Or am I just ignorant of the certainity level of the algorithm used?)

It was actually one of the first integrals ever calculated, Archimedes used 2 96-sided polygons to calculate 223/71 < pi < 22/7, long before the 'invention' of calculus.

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Funny how a few of the posts looked familiar....

Then, I saw one post and thought "Hmm...that's awfully pedantic - who wrote that?"

(But not nearly as pedantic as some awesome posts there. )

I looked up and to the left and realized "Oh, that was me!" Finally, I spotted the dates on the posts...

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quote:I worry a super is in order... (I should have known that. How could I forget?)

Originally posted by The Famous Druid:Pi is the integral of the curve x^2 + y^2 = 1

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I know the distance from New York City to the Sea of Tranquility on the Moon to the nearest 1/10,000th of an inch.

It is exact, precise and irrefutable.

But then, who wants that information?

What is the purpose of human life?

Is anyone out there?

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That's nothing.

I can recite the location of every pothole in on the stretch of I-80 that goes through Nebraska.

Colonel Panic

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How the hell can someone remember eight thousand digits of pi? is there a formula or a method to do it?

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Well, I'm guessing they spend years saying it over in their head continuously. They must also have an extraordinary IQ.

-Tiroth

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quote:They have voices in their heads that are trained to do that 24/7. It's called "s-c-h-i-z-o-p-h-r-e-n-i-a" and it works like a charm.

Originally posted by Tiroth:Well, I'm guessing they spend years saying it over in their head continuously.

-Tiroth

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quote:Funny, I don't hear numbers... unless you translate "Kill the bitch! Kill the bitch!" into hex.

Originally posted by garlicguy:quote:

Originally posted by Tiroth:Well, I'm guessing they spend years saying it over in their head continuously.

-TirothThey have voices in their heads that are trained to do that 24/7. It's called "s-c-h-i-z-o-p-h-r-e-n-i-a" and it works like a charm.

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quote:Just do it as a computer: if you want to put a large file and you don't have space, the easiest way is to just delete the unused files and junk in order to make room for it.

Originally posted by Reedius:How the hell can someone remember eight thousand digits of pi? is there a formula or a method to do it?

A smart way is to compress the file.

An smarter way is to create a program capable to create such file.

In the former, memory works, so it's not hard.

I both latter you need to use synapses, were intelligence plays an important role.

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Daniel Tammet's way of doing it is far more impressive.

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quote:You've done it with Daniel Tammet?

Originally posted by boo:Daniel Tammet's way of doing it is far more impressive.

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quote:Why? It doesn't take a genuis to remember something, if they try hard enough. Scientists say that most people have about the same inherent memory ability, just some use better methods than others. The good news is anyone can learn the most efficient methods.

Originally posted by Tiroth:Well, I'm guessing they spend years saying it over in their head continuously. They must also have an extraordinary IQ.

-Tiroth

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