On 3/16/2013 12:31 AM, Virgil wrote: > In article <0M6dnUGx2aXpndnMnZ2dnUVZ_oGdnZ2d@giganews.com>, > fom <fomJUNK@nyms.net> wrote: > >> On 3/15/2013 12:39 PM, FredJeffries wrote: >>> On Mar 15, 9:27 am, JT <jonas.thornv...@gmail.com> wrote: >>>> >>>> Another thing i always wondered why is radians used and not fractions >>>> to describe angles, i mean the unit circle has one turn? >>> >>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rational_trigonometry >>> >> >> What is the linear measure of the locus comprising "one turn"? >> >> What fraction of "one turn" is a semicircle? >> >> What is the length of the chord associated with a semicircle? >> >> As for fractions, what was the earliest estimate for pi? >> >> (hint: pi=3) >> >> As for fractions, what numerical base did those early >> mathematical pioneers use for counting? >> >> (hint: 60) >> >> So, who is to blame for the stupid mathematics (pi=/=3) >> that the stupid mathematicians keep pushing on practical >> people? >> >> (I don't know. But legend has it that the Pythagoreans >> threw him over the side of a boat at sea.) > > I thought that fatal dunking was for showing the irrationality of the > square root of 2. >
That is how the legend goes. But I had simply been thinking how incommensurable is incommensurable. He is attributed with the first.