A Passion for Pi
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|Ivars Peterson (MathLand)|
|Some of you may be familiar with the sentence: How I want a drink, alcoholic of course, after the heavy lectures involving quantum mechanics! The number of letters in each word represents successive digits of pi: 3.14159265358979. How Simon Plouffe memorized 4,400 digits of pi but settled on 4,096 as a nice round number (2^12) to report to others interested in his feat. With references.|
|Levels:||High School (9-12), College, Research|
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