HI! PI!

 

3.14

Obviously, these three digits represent the current month and day… or… as any math geek would readily inform us…

Today is…TA-DA… PI Day!

For countless generations, mathematicians have represented PI by the (more or less) equivalent fraction 22/7 OR… in other words… 22 divided by 7… which equals the close-but-no-cigar quotient…

3.1428571

Of course, when we compare that to the following, drastically abbreviated, representation of PI, well… I think we can readily agree that that above quotient is not close enough…

3.1415926

What will get us much closer is the fraction we’ll arrive at when we double the first three odd numbered digits 113355. Next we need to group these six digits thusly… 355 and 113… and reconfigure them as the fraction 355/113. OR… in other words this becomes… 355 divided by 113… which nets us the quotient… can somebody give us a drum roll… TA-DA…

3.1415929

Backstory: I cannot take credit for thinking this up… I first read about that enhanced PI fraction in an Instruction Manuel for the Hewlett-Packard device… a.k.a the HP-35… a.k.a. (Wikipedia quote) “the world’s first scientific pocket calculator”.

My Chemist / Physicist / Gadgeteer Dad, who, at the time, taught Chemistry / Advanced Placement Chemistry within our hometown’s public school system had needed this really cool device to facilitate the multiple dozens of his daily, highly complex computations. And as his studying to be an Electrical Engineer Son, he let me borrow it to facilitate my daily complex computations, too.

The only downside to our story, here, doth become obvious when we crunch the numbers… as in the dollars and cents numbers. My dad had “arrived” at this invention’s ground floor stage. Had he been able to wait it out, Hewlett-Packard’s suggested retail price would’ve dropped dramatically.

You see… my dad had spent $395… or in today’s dollars… can somebody give us another drum roll… that would equal $2,414!

YIKES!

One more YIKES!

Check out the first 100 digits of PI…

3.1415926535 8979323846 2643383279 5028841971 6939937510
5820974944 5923078164 0628620899 8628034825 3421170679…