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BS: Happy pi day!

14 Mar 13 - 11:56 AM (#3490279)
Subject: BS: Happy pi day!
From: EBarnacle

It's 3.14 today! Clebrate mathematics.


14 Mar 13 - 12:00 PM (#3490282)
Subject: RE: BS: Happy pi day!
From: beardedbruce

3.14159265358978...


14 Mar 13 - 12:04 PM (#3490286)
Subject: RE: BS: Happy pi day!
From: Ebbie

Oh, dear. Surely not. I have to take cookies to Koffee Klatch this morning.


14 Mar 13 - 01:21 PM (#3490323)
Subject: RE: BS: Happy pi day!
From: Nigel Parsons

It's 3.14 today! Clebrate mathematics.
Only in some parts of the world.
It's 14.3 over here!


14 Mar 13 - 01:38 PM (#3490330)
Subject: RE: BS: Happy pi day!
From: Mrrzy

Right, this is the Amurrican pi day!

Pi R round!


14 Mar 13 - 01:52 PM (#3490343)
Subject: RE: BS: Happy pi day!
From: Mrrzy

It's been pointed out to me that it's actually (drum roll)...

Palindromic Pi Day!

Think about it: 3.14.13


14 Mar 13 - 03:32 PM (#3490384)
Subject: RE: BS: Happy pi day!
From: EBarnacle

It would appear the Brits have things wardback.


14 Mar 13 - 08:15 PM (#3490478)
Subject: RE: BS: Happy pi day!
From: GUEST,Stim

And when did this become a holiday?


14 Mar 13 - 09:55 PM (#3490512)
Subject: RE: BS: Happy pi day!
From: Bill D

So... Brits can never have a pi day? sad....

"Let them eat cake."


14 Mar 13 - 10:10 PM (#3490515)
Subject: RE: BS: Happy pi day!
From: GUEST,999

Lemme know when you need the next 100,000 . . .


14 Mar 13 - 10:53 PM (#3490528)
Subject: RE: BS: Happy pi day!
From: JohnInKansas

One report says that the value of π has been calculated to two million (2x106) decimal places.

I'm eagerly awaiting the time when they've finished writing it all down so that I can begin the proofreading on it.

(Of course accurate proofreading requires having a verified accurate copy for comparison to the copy being verified, so it may be a while, since they'll have to write it out at least twice. Some a**hole will probably add another million or so digits before they get even that done.)

John


15 Mar 13 - 04:52 AM (#3490608)
Subject: RE: BS: Happy pi day!
From: Manitas_at_home

We don't have it backward. Day, Month, Year. Increasing in order of magnitude. You could say that the US has it out of order - not backward and not forward. We tend to say dates as 29th May, 1999 so our notation reflects our speech although it's not considered odd to say May the 29th. But why was George M Cohan born on the 4th of July (British style) and not July the 4th?


15 Mar 13 - 05:36 AM (#3490616)
Subject: RE: BS: Happy pi day!
From: Nigel Parsons

But why was George M Cohan born on the 4th of July (British style) and not July the 4th?
Scansion (5 syllables as against 4)
Rhyme scheme ("Do or die" doesn't rhyme with "July the 4th")
Anyway, would it be said as "July the 4th", or just "July 4th"? (even less syllables!)


15 Mar 13 - 06:38 AM (#3490631)
Subject: RE: BS: Happy pi day!
From: jonm

Presumably the rest of the world will celebrate pi day on 22nd July.


15 Mar 13 - 06:51 AM (#3490638)
Subject: RE: BS: Happy pi day!
From: TheSnail

Clebrate mathematics

When is celebrate spelling day?


15 Mar 13 - 06:59 AM (#3490642)
Subject: RE: BS: Happy pi day!
From: Joe Offer

Alas, pi day got over so quick, I hardly had time to.....pi.

-Joe-


15 Mar 13 - 09:58 AM (#3490691)
Subject: RE: BS: Happy pi day!
From: GUEST,999

October 17, 2011: The record has been improved to 10 trillion digits.

JiK: you might want to have a look at

http://www.numberworld.org/misc_runs/pi-5t/details.html

I don't understand half what they say on that site nor do I know anything about the other half.


15 Mar 13 - 10:07 AM (#3490694)
Subject: RE: BS: Happy pi day!
From: EBarnacle

Sorry, Snail. Small keyboard.


15 Mar 13 - 10:28 AM (#3490703)
Subject: RE: BS: Happy pi day!
From: Donuel

Its Einstein's and my son's birthday.


15 Mar 13 - 11:55 AM (#3490724)
Subject: RE: BS: Happy pi day!
From: GUEST,999

That means your son is older than you are, Don. I think Einstein would get a chuckle out of that.


15 Mar 13 - 12:20 PM (#3490737)
Subject: RE: BS: Happy pi day!
From: GUEST,CS

Ah, now I understand! I wondered why the 14th of March had everyone blogging about pi, well actually pies!


15 Mar 13 - 01:12 PM (#3490762)
Subject: RE: BS: Happy pi day!
From: Bill D

"But why was George M Cohan born on the 4th of July (British style) and not July the 4th?"

That's one of the few dates that just sounds better said that way. "The Twenty-seventh of October" would be a bigger mouthful. We have a tune called "The 8th of January" also, but when you ask someone when they were born, they are 'more' likely over here to say "January", and if asked for the date, it's January the eighth.... so, we write 01/08/1953 or whatever. This way, the leading numbers can be only 1 of 12 and serves to clarify the basic time period immediately, then the specific date follows.

Can one adapt to looking at the middle term to determine the month? Of course. Because of the internet, I have learned to translate in my head when I see what looks like a month beyond 12.

I also have a wonderful calendar program called Calendar Magic which asks for data entry in the m/d/y format, even though I thought the author was in the UK (trying to check on that)


15 Mar 13 - 01:17 PM (#3490763)
Subject: RE: BS: Happy pi day!
From: JohnInKansas

Many places worldwide have adopted the very sensible practice of writing dates as YEAR-MONTH-DAY for the very practical reason that it's the only way that dumb computers can sort them in chronological order. (It only works really well if the numerical representation for the month is used. although some accounting programs can accomodate standard names/abbreviations.)

Since any "date" entered as a date in most programs is recorded in memory only as "Days:Minutes:seconds since some standard date" you usually can "reformat" a selected date to have about anything you want for the "displayed date" if the original information was entered as a date rather than just as a text string.

Apparently dates are of such diminishing importance that most "news reports" (in some places, especially "blog" type columns) on the web no longer include a date, showing only "x minutes ago" since the attention span of most readers doesn't extend longer than about 3 minutes. This is an exceedingly unfortunate practice for those who think historical context is of any significance, and indicates mainly the popularity of illiterate news writers, but there appears to be no way to stop the trend.

John


16 Mar 13 - 07:45 AM (#3491031)
Subject: RE: BS: Happy pi day!
From: Doug Chadwick

The British may have the date as "Day, Month, Year" in increasing in order of magnitude but the time is still given in decreasing in order of magnitude of "Hours : Minutes : Seconds".

DC


16 Mar 13 - 09:03 AM (#3491056)
Subject: RE: BS: Happy pi day!
From: Manitas_at_home

But never Minutes:seconds:hours, eh?


16 Mar 13 - 09:11 AM (#3491065)
Subject: RE: BS: Happy pi day!
From: GUEST,Doc John

It's also George Ohm's birthday: V=IR and all that. Clearly a Latin man!


16 Mar 13 - 10:26 AM (#3491092)
Subject: RE: BS: Happy pi day!
From: Mr Red

UK syntax means we will have to wait until 31/4/15 (or more accurately 31/4/16 ) - ain't gonna happen.


16 Mar 13 - 12:46 PM (#3491145)
Subject: RE: BS: Happy pi day!
From: Manitas_at_home

or 22nd July (22/7)!


21 Mar 13 - 01:26 PM (#3493081)
Subject: RE: BS: Happy pi day!
From: Mr Red

approximately July 22


21 Mar 13 - 02:05 PM (#3493100)
Subject: RE: BS: Happy pi day!
From: SPB-Cooperator

There are two e days, depending on which side of the pond you are on:

2nd July or 7th February


21 Mar 13 - 06:15 PM (#3493201)
Subject: RE: BS: Happy pi day!
From: GUEST,Eliza

I still find the date of that terrible day at the World Trade Centre difficult to process: 9/11 means the ninth of November for a Brit like me. Yet we in UK still say 9/11 when referring to it.


22 Mar 13 - 04:09 AM (#3493327)
Subject: RE: BS: Happy pi day!
From: Manitas_at_home

Steve, 7/2 is 3.5, 2/7 is approx .2857. Neither as close to pi as 22/7.


22 Mar 13 - 11:13 AM (#3493472)
Subject: RE: BS: Happy pi day!
From: Pete Jennings

So, we had an ip day?