10 Facts About Pi

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Most everyone knows pi -- the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. But how much do you really know about this magical number? Below are 10 fun facts about pi.


1
Pi is the most recognized mathematical constant in the world. Scholars often consider Pi the most important and intriguing number in all of mathematics.

2
“Wolf in the Fold”, the Star Trek episode, Spock spoils the evil computer by commanding it to compute the last digit of Pi value.

3
We can never truly measure the circumference or the area of a circle because we can never truly know the value of Pi.

4
William Shanks worked for years by hand to find the first 707 digits of pi. Unfortunately, he made a mistake after the 527th place and, consequently, the following digits were all wrong.

5
Pi has been studied by the human race for almost 4,000 years.

6
”Pi Day” is celebrated on March 14 (which was chosen because it resembles 3.14).

7
Some scholars claim that humans are programmed to find patterns in the world because it’s the only way we can give meaning to the world and ourselves. Hence, the obsessive search to find patterns in π.

8
The symbol for pi “π” has been regularly used for the past 250 years only.

9
Pi value when calculated will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern. The value have been calculated to more than one trillion digits beyond its decimal points.

10
Albert Einstein was born on Pi day.