Two PI Pieces
Date: Fri, 7 Apr 95 19:20:45 PDT
From: Peter Langston <psl>
Subject: Two PI Pieces
How often have you wondered where your birthdate first appears in the
digits of PI? Once a month? Once a Week? Every few hours? No!? You deny
it? Okay, answer this - how long has it been since you last thought about
finding birthdates in the digits of PI? That's right - only a few seconds.
Well, wonder no more; you can check it out quite easily (assuming you have
access to the World Wide Web) by consulting the following URL:
No, I don't really have access to the WWW, that costs money. And anyway,
I'm too busy putting Fun_People together - you think I'm made of time?
Forwarded-by: bostic@CS.Berkeley.EDU (Keith Bostic)
Forwarded-by: firstname.lastname@example.org (Quote of the day)
For those few who can't remember the value of PI to the 30th place the
following mnemonic may be of help. The number of letters in each word
represents the value of the digit:
This appeared in Nature, October 20, 1994 in a letter from W.E.
Ormerod who was quoting from G. F. Hull's "An Elementary Survey
of Modern Physics".
"Qui j'aime a faire apprendre un nombre util aux sages!
Immortel Archimede, artiste ingenieur
Qui de ton jugement peut priser la valuer?
Pour moi, ton probleme eut de parieiles avantages."
[Er, ... I don't mean to be anal or anything, but shouldn't that start:
"Qui j'aime a faire apprendre un nombre utile aux sages!
so as to be 3.1415926535 instead of 3.1415926435? (I actually do know that
many digits already. Really! Yes, you can touch me.) However, I'd love to
see an English version of this... -psl]
© 1995 Peter Langston