Alabama legislature and pi
Date: 04/15/98 at 17:17:44 From: Roger M. Dell Subject: Alabama legislature and pi Did the Alabama legislature really vote that pi should have its biblical value of 3? Also, I heard that the governor signed the bill into law.
Date: 04/15/98 at 19:06:54 From: Doctor Wilkinson Subject: Re: Alabama legislature and pi No, this appears to be quite untrue, a myth. This is a matter about which a great deal of misinformation has been bandied about: http://www.nmsr.org/alabama.htm Various legislatures get the credit in different versions of the story, but the one that came closest was Indiana's. There was no attempt to legislate a value of 3, however. The real story seems to have gotten muddled, perhaps by the example of the Scopes trial (Tennessee is frequently mentioned as the culprit). Here's a Web page that tells the real story: http://db.uwaterloo.ca/~alopez-o/math-faq/node45.html -Doctor Wilkinson, The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/dr.math/
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