What? Pi day?

(Repost from last year.)

Some people have called today (14th of March) “Pi day”. Their logic for this is that \pi \approx 3.14.

That, however, is sheer lunacy as the 14th of March is noted 14.3., and \pi \neq 14.3, no matter how much you squint.

Those of us that write our days in the correct way — this being, naturally, the way I, a gawdless furriner, use — will celebrate the Day of the Most Ineffable Constant on 22.7., since \pi \approx  22/7 = 3,142857\ldots, where the decimal part repeats.

Besides, the error in this latter estimate is roughly 1.3 thousandths, while the poor American value errs by a whopping 1.6 thousandths.

Also, it appears that the American House of Representatives passed a resolution suggesting that 14.3. was Pi day. No matter; they were globally wrong even if locally right. And local properties don’t extend into global ones that easily. (This is actually a very poor joke if you’ve done some function theory.)

Also, 10 Republicans voted against the resolution; by what I’ve heard of American politics, I am not surprised.

(Also, I just love WordPress to pieces for having an easy way to input \LaTeX into blog posts, and dislike myself for starting a third consecutive paragraph with “also”.)

One Response to “What? Pi day?”

  1. vampiresdontlikeonions Says:

    22/7 > Pi The first few decimal points give the wrong impression.

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