Why is Pi Everywhere?Date: 2/9/96 at 17:9:24 From: Anonymous Subject: Why is Pi everywhere? Why does pi show up in things that don't seem to be related to circles? For example, I was told that the probability that the difference between two large prime numbers is equal to another prime number is equal to 6xpi/2. (I made that up, but you get the idea.) I've checked with various "Pi Experts" on the WWW, but none seem to know. Thanks, Chet Date: 6/27/96 at 12:41:18 From: Doctor Ceeks Subject: Re: Why is Pi everywhere? First, the probability you mention is ill-defined until you specify a probability distribution which dictates how you select large primes at random. (Also note that the difference between two large primes is even, and so prime if and only if the two primes are consecutive odd numbers.) In any case, the circle is a very basic notion and because it is so basic it appears in many places...when pi appears, it is likely that some circle is present dictating the overall structure of the problem. If you think you can find a place where pi really does appear without circles around (not made up!), please send it along and I'll try to show you where the circle is. -Doctor Ceeks, The Math Forum |
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