Friday, August 16, 2013

I love pi, I do. All infinity digits, no wait...infinity and 1

I needed to get this party started, so why not do it with a little pi loving.

I'm not a die-hard pi-thusiast. I'm just a nerd who thinks that I'm the one (who knocks?) who ended up with this irrational love for a sequence of digits. Maybe it is the fact that it is the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. I don't love circles. I don't dislike them, but they're just not that special. However, I think of time as a circle, I haven't studied time but that is just what I think. History tends to repeat itself,  recurring themes and so on..... but this post is about pi.

So here's my pistory
  • I memorized the digits of pi from my calculator in high school. I think at the time this was 3.141592654 rounded.
  • During an electronics lecture at the University of the West Indies, the lecturer asked the class to state the digits of pi. Oooooh, my time to shiiiiiiiineeee! Some stopped after 2 digits, some after four and Sir Dale (I've been knighted) of course went valiantly through his 10 digits :3
    Not bad, Mr. Ross
  • Of course, this drew attention, and the lecturer asked me to repeat, I think. He then went on to recite about 30 or so digits.
    Are you kidding me, seriously?!
  • I made a deal with the lecturer to receive imaginary marks if I could get to 100 digits by the end of the course.
  • On my final exam I included the following (I could only remember 93 while doing the post but it might be due to code-induced-insomnia). I Google™d (3.5-1.5 on the Bing test) the other 8 digits, sue me! No, please don't!
  • That's 101 digits, because stopping at 100 would have required rounding and that's not cool, man. I got my imaginary marks but they only reported the real component, claiming it was too complex! The nerve!
    Awwww Yeahhhhhh!

  • Did you notice the pi in the Dajen Group logo? Of course you did!
So there you have it, my first post in the code room. 
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  1. Have you read any Douglas Hofstadter? One of the stories he tells is of finding a group of friends who had all memorised pi to various numbers of digits and all of them still knew it to 100 digits. Occasionally, for old time's sake, they would chant it together - an esoteric pleasure he says.

    Me.. I was cheated! I learned 75 digits but my source was Ripley's Believe It Or Not and I later discovered the bastards had just made it up after the first few!

    1. No,I have not read any Douglas Hofstadter but I'll look it up now. :)

      Well they did give you a choice. Believe it...or not :D

  2. His great classic, for which he won the Pulitzer is "Goedel, Escher, Bach". Re-reading it now, it's as interesting for it's place in history (1980ish) and for what it doesn't say as for what it does. Much of the book is about the ideas behind fractals and yet fractals are not mentioned - not having been invented/discovered at the time.

  3. In my brief look up following your post I did see a reference to that. I should jot it down somewhere for when I get some time to absorb such complexities.

  4. rounding up or down is still rounding :D ... but I get your point, it would round in a digit that is not in the value of pi at that place