Unstated Assumptions

I typed “#define PI” into the search box today to grab a nice long definition of PI for my graphics code, and found something entirely unexpected. Something, in fact, that I guarantee I have never thought before in my life. A proof that Pi (the number) exists. I think perhaps only Jason can truly appreciate the need for such a proof, but I found it quite interesting, nonetheless.

Have you ever actually proved that Pi exists, that it is a unique real number between 3 and 4 that represents the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, for all circles? Or did you just accept your teachers’ word?

Very interesting šŸ™‚

3 thoughts on “Unstated Assumptions

  1. Craig

    Why this is not categorized as Nerdy, I’ll never know. However, it does remind me of a Simpson’s quote:

    Professor Frink at a scientific convention: Don’t make me flick the lights on and off!
    Rioting Crowd of Scientists: No response
    Frink: Pi is exactly 3!
    Rioting Crowd of Scientists: GAAAASSSSSPPP
    Frink: I’m sorry it had to come to that.

    Plus, we all know that 22/7 is close enough šŸ˜‰

  2. Colin M Post author

    Craig makes an irrefutable point. This post was nerdy. Very nerdy. I have remedied my laziness and categorized it accordingly. I apologize for this momentary lapse in judgment. šŸ™‚


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