Happy Pi(e) Day!

by Cap'n Carrot on March 14, 2012 · 3 comments

in Miscellany

How better than to celebrate a fake mathematical holiday than with a graph? And pie of course! (Sorry, you’ll have to provide your own pie… you don’t want to know what Bobby did with ours!) You can click through the pic (or just go here) to see the full infographic.

via Visual.ly

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  • Ben

    Worst infographic I’ve ever seen. First it says pi (never using the character π) has been calculated to a trillion digits, then claims π “has” 6.4 billion “known” digits…first of all, π is infinite in decimal representation; second, if it’s been calculated to a trillion digits, then a trillion digits are known! π is also not “estimated” by the ratio of circumference to diameter for a circle, that’s the definition! It’s exact!
    Obviously mathematicians knew the ratio was a little more than 3, you can just roughly measure it. Even the Bible mentions a circle with the ratio 3 (I Kings 7:23). Archimedes knew *what* π was, even if he didn’t have a term for it. Using a polygon was his *approximation* of π, not his conception.
    Finally, that’s obviously not the height of the pyramid. I mean, come on. Besides that, there’s likely no evidence that the ratio (using whatever measurements it actually uses) is close to 6 and a quarter for any reason other than coincidence.

    I love you, Transbuddha (I will never accept the name change in my heart), but this one is unfortunate.

  • http://www.dadsbigplan.com alphamonkey

    I was really hoping you’d included the Transbudda line in your Visual.ly rebuttal, Ben. I mean, c’mon.

    But in the Cap’n’s defense: He was pretty drunk.

    • Cap’n Carrot

      Drunk… on pie.

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