Friday, March 14, 2014

3/14 or Rational Irrationality

Happy Pi Day.  Yes, it is 3/14 or, as preferred by mathematicians, 3.14 .  

Lest you wonder what the legal connection is, Pi has been of legal interest for a long time.   Back in 1897, there was a bill in the Indiana legislature said to fix the value of Pi.  (Or not, if you read the Legislating Pi chapter of Mathematical Cranks by Underwood Dudley).  More recently, Congress has officially declared March 14 “Pi Day” in 2009 by H Res 224.  

For more fun with Pi, visit - and work out the rational irrational.  Would that be circular reasoning?  

On a wonderfully coincidentally(?) related note - it is also Albert Einstein's birthday.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

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