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

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• 08-08-2012
laserlight
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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 ;)
• 08-08-2012
phantomotap
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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. ^_^

Soma
• 08-08-2012
std10093
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Originally Posted by AndiPersti
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(&#960;=&#949;=&#961;=&#953;=&#966;=&#941;=&#961;=&#949;=&#953;=&#945;=) 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.

Bye, Andreas

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 :D

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Originally Posted by laserlight
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 ;)
• 08-09-2012
stahta01
It's called pie because the God of Puns wanted it to be that way.

Tim S.
• 08-09-2012
std10093
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Originally Posted by stahta01
It's called pie because the God of Puns wanted it to be that way.
Tim S.

Is this your god? :P :P :P
• 08-09-2012
Matticus
pi is like a god - transcendental to some, irrational to others :p
• 08-09-2012
std10093
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Originally Posted by Matticus
pi is like a god - transcendental to some, irrational to others :p

And to Matticus what is π like ?
• 08-09-2012
Matticus
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Originally Posted by std10093
And to Matticus what is π like ?

Delicious!
• 08-12-2012
C_ntua
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Originally Posted by stahta01
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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