I love Pi. What a lovely concept to learn in School. The crazy little Pi with its unique non-recurring never-ending value theme was beautiful. I loved memorizing formulae with Pi in them.
Or maybe, it was my teacher’s enthusiasm that rubbed off on me, as the little Pi was painted to us with all of its wonderful characteristics. The circle and the cylinder suddenly became conquerable with this one stroke of Pi. Using more decimals just for the kick of it. 3.1459…. or simply 22/7
For those interested, I found a wiki article proving that 22/7 actually exceeds the value of Pi.
Guess what is being planned by way of legislation for this wonder then?
The legislation asks for the value of Pi to be simplified to just 3 instead of 3.1459…. so US students fare better in examinations. I quote:
Congresswoman Martha Roby (R-Ala.) is sponsoring HR 205, The Geometric Simplification Act, declaring the Euclidean mathematical constant of pi to be precisely 3. The bill comes in response to data and rankings from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, rating the United States’ 15 year-olds 25th in the world in mathematics.
Can we legislate constants in the first place? The article is filed under Comedy though – probably satire, or an early April fools day joke.
9 thoughts on “I Love PI”
ha ha comedy it is.. I say go ahead also declare the world flat, Newton and Einstein as lunatic.. I’d say also declare all circles as squares or even better some quadrilateral. that makes drawing them much easier..
I think given a choice ppl would like to legislate Sun, Moon, wind, rains…But there is always this hope, sigh!
I do think it is an early April fools day joke!
Thought so but as it turns out it is not entirely a joke. There is some element of truth in it.
Wont all calculations go berserk if this approximation was made? !!!
I am surprised.
Probably, but US students can be world #1 in their tests!
Also did I miss a post?
Small glitch in my post….so had to bring it down and post again
Actually 22/7 has nothing to do with the value of PI, except that the first few digits are the same.
It is a value we used to use in our calculations though…..