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Re: pi in Kansas
Posted:
Aug 1, 2000 10:15 AM


On 29 Jul 2000 23:28:18 0400, Allan Adler <ara@nestle.ai.mit.edu> wrote, in part:
>Nightline showed a portion of an interview with her opponent, who >is also a woman. The challenger said that she was present at a meeting >of the school board in which the members spent an hour discussing whether >to remove the teaching of pi from the curriculum on the grounds that >it is not an exact number.
Since she is a candidate for an election, if indeed she can be shown to have stated a falsehood, her opponents would seize upon the opportunity to do so.
Thus, although this sounds like an "urban legend" that might have grown out of a satire on the removal of evolution (and the Big Bang) from the required things to be taught in that state, I fear that, if you actually did hear this on Nightline, there is a very real chance of its being true.
And we thought the Pythagoreans were hopelessly silly to be worried by the diagonals of squares...
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