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π=3.14 (Pi) where does it get that name?

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    Quote Originally Posted by std10093
    yes greek letters were and are popular among all over science because everything (almost) started in greek.
    Tsk, tsk, so Eurocentric
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    Not sure what you mean by "groaner", but I wasn't commenting on your comment towards laserlight.
    A joke that makes you groan. ^_^

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndiPersti View Post
    We can't ask Mr Jones any more for his reason, but the wikipedia article suggests he used π because that's the first letter of the Greek word for periphery(περιφέρεια) which is another word for the circumference of a circle. So why do you think there are two answers? :-)

    BTW: Wolfram MathWorld (a trustworthy source for mathematics IMHO) also mentions William Jones as the first user of the symbol π.
    On this page you can also find many references if you really want to dig deeper.

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    I think we found the answer.I mean this is justified to me enough to believe.Thank you very much Andreas!You actually answered my question

    Quote Originally Posted by laserlight View Post
    Tsk, tsk, so Eurocentric
    Who talked about Europe? Anyway it is well know that east also had brilliant scientists.Do not forget from where the world algorithm got his name

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    It's called pie because the God of Puns wanted it to be that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stahta01 View Post
    It's called pie because the God of Puns wanted it to be that way.
    Tim S.
    Is this your god? :P :P :P

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    pi is like a god - transcendental to some, irrational to others

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matticus View Post
    pi is like a god - transcendental to some, irrational to others
    And to Matticus what is π like ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by std10093 View Post
    And to Matticus what is π like ?
    Delicious!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stahta01 View Post
    It's called pie because the God of Puns wanted it to be that way.

    Tim S.
    It's originally pronounced "pee" actually. But I will take it that the God of Puns was just ignorant

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