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sand_man
07-20-2004, 02:53 AM
<+zerog_> in biblical times they used 3 as the value of pi
<+sand_man> no they didnt you liar
<+Triffix> Lies
<+zerog_> yes they did
<+zerog_> read some f***ing book you ignoramus
<+Triffix> Well I dunno about biblical times, but the Jewish Talmud masters, circa your dominus, used a more accurate value, I forget what
is this true? i know i called him a liar but i was just trying to cause trouble :D

Clyde
07-20-2004, 05:48 AM
http://www.instant-essays.com/mathematics/pi-number.shtml

This link talks about pi down through the ages, including the bible.

http://www.answersingenesis.org/docs/494.asp

This link argues that one verse in the bible (mentioned in the above link) commonly thought to claim pi=3 does not necessarily do so.

(Oh dear God i just linked to AIG, damnit now i need to take a shower)

vNvNation
07-20-2004, 07:51 AM
As an interesting aside, in radian mode on your calculator, type:

4 arctan (1)

:)

it's a taylor series that estimates pi to a very large number of decimal places accuracy

major_small
07-20-2004, 07:57 AM
or you can memorize 3.141592654, or you can try 21.991148/6.9999999... the latter is not as accurate as the first, but it's good enough for most cases... some calculaters have a precoded constant for pi already in there...

anonytmouse
07-20-2004, 12:14 PM
In related news:



HUNTSVILLE, Ala. NASA engineers and mathematicians in this high-tech city are stunned and infuriated after the Alabama state legistature narrowly passed a law yesterday redefining pi, a mathematical constant used in the aerospace industry. The bill to change the value of pi to exactly three was introduced without fanfare by Leonard Lee Lawson (R, Crossville), and rapidly gained support after a letter-writing campaign by members of the Solomon Society, a traditional values group. Governor Guy Hunt says he will sign it into law on Wednesday.

The law took the state's engineering community by surprise. "It would have been nice if they had consulted with someone who actually uses pi," said Marshall Bergman, a manager at the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization. According to Bergman, pi is a Greek letter that signifies the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. It is often used by engineers to calculate missile trajectories.

Prof. Kim Johanson, a mathematician from University of Alabama, said that pi is a universal constant, and cannot arbitrarily be changed by lawmakers. Johanson explained that pi is an irrational number, which means that it has an infinite number of digits after the decimal point and can never be known exactly. Nevertheless, she said, pi is precisly defined by mathematics to be "3.14159, plus as many more digits as you have time to calculate".

Read on... (http://www.snopes.com/religion/pi.htm)

major_small
07-20-2004, 09:46 PM
how can you just change the value of a universal constant? this is another dumbass legality that can't die fast enough... it's not like somebody just made up pi, it's something you can actually calulate... just truncating the number to three creates a percent error of way over -4.50703415733158892215820670174... (assuming pi=3.141592654)

Zach L.
07-20-2004, 10:00 PM
[T]he author took real statements from New Mexican legislators and school board members...
Haha! :D
The sad part is, I truly believe NM legislators to be capable of that.

Perspective
07-23-2004, 01:52 PM
You know theres a world record for the number of decimal places calculated. its something like 33.3 Trillian.

Jimbob

actually its 1.2411 trillian
http://www.joyofpi.com/pifacts.html

XSquared
07-23-2004, 02:17 PM
Actually, it's trillion, not trillian.

Perspective
07-23-2004, 07:45 PM
Actually, it's trillion, not trillian.

crap, reading Jimbob's post actually made me stupider.... doh, i mean more stupid.

j/k jimbob. ;)

Thantos
07-25-2004, 09:15 AM
Nope we suck

Robc
07-25-2004, 09:39 AM
>Got thrown of www.computerforum.com.
Does this tell us what to expect from you around here? ;)

gcn_zelda
07-25-2004, 07:58 PM
Hey,

I'm new here. Got thrown of www.computerforum.com. This forum any good?

Jimbob

If you enjoy being ridiculed with every post and can stand stupidity, this is the forum for you.

itld
07-25-2004, 10:24 PM
Howdy,

I'm new here. Got thrown of www.computerforum.com

Thats like starting a conversation with "Listen you pin headed bastard..."

M.R.

major_small
07-26-2004, 09:38 AM
don't give him the chance! he's a witch! burn him!

XSquared
07-26-2004, 10:02 AM
But how do we know that he's a witch?

DavidP
07-26-2004, 10:09 AM
build a bridge out of him!

Thantos
07-26-2004, 10:15 AM
But how do we know that he's a witch?
There is a scientific method already established for that.
http://arago4.tn.utwente.nl/stonedead/movies/holy-grail/scene-05.html

Govtcheez
07-26-2004, 10:36 AM
how can you just change the value of a universal constant? this is another dumbass legality that can't die fast enough... it's not like somebody just made up pi, it's something you can actually calulate... just truncating the number to three creates a percent error of way over -4.50703415733158892215820670174... (assuming pi=3.141592654)
How about you actually follow the link?

Zach L.
07-26-2004, 01:03 PM
He turned me into a newt!!

I got better.

XSquared
07-28-2004, 01:05 PM
I hate it when people double post. So do the moderators.

nbk
07-28-2004, 02:21 PM
Jimbob, you gonna be ok?(with the pains)

Govtcheez
07-28-2004, 02:42 PM
Right. I'm back now to introduce realism. No i'm not a witch. The moderator and a VIP member was annoying me so i joked with them a little.

Jimbob
I'm the only moderator that's replied to this thread. What are you talking about?

swoopy
07-28-2004, 03:03 PM
I think Jimbob's talking about a moderator over at www.computerforum.com. Of course perhaps you're a moderator over there too. Don't have a clue what a VIP member is.

Govtcheez
07-28-2004, 03:35 PM
Ah, I see. Feel free to talk about other board at the other boards.