STORY OF PI
Did u know that Archimedes was the first mathematician to discover the value of pi up to 10000 digits!!!
Who was the first mathematician to give the approximate value of “pi” which is commonly accepted today? YES IT IS INDIAN Aryabhata(he gave the value of pi as 3.1416)
Notes on Pi: Pi is the most famous ratio in mathematics, and is one of the most ancient numbers known to humanity. Pi is approximately 3.14 – the number of times that a circle’s diameter will fit around the circle. Pi goes on forever, and can’t be calculated to perfect precision: 3.1415926535897932384626433832795028841971693993751…. This is known as the decimal expansion of pi. No apparent pattern emerges in the succession of digits – a predestined yet unfathomable code. They do not repeat periodically, seemingly to pop up by blind chance, lacking any perceivable order, rule, reason, or design – “random” integers, ad infinitum.
In 1991, the Chudnovsky brothers in
Pi has had various names through the ages, and all of them are either words or abstract symbols, since pi is a number that can’t be shown completely and exactly in any finite form of representation. Pi is a transcendental number. A transcendental number is a number but can’t be expressed in any finite series of either arithmetical or algebraic operations. Pi slips away from all rational methods to locate it. It is indescribable and can’t be found. Ferdinand Lindemann, a German mathematician, proved the transcendence of pi in 1882.
Pi possibly first entered human consciousness in
Around 200 BCE, Archimedes of Syracuse found that pi is somewhere about 3.14 (in fractions, Greeks did not have decimals). Knowledge of pi then bogged down until the 17th century. Pi was then called the Ludolphian number, after Ludolph van Ceulen, a German mathematician. The first person to use the Greek letter for the number was William Jones, an English mathematician, who coined it in 1706.
Physicists have noted the ubiquity of pi in nature. Pi is obvious in the disks of the moon and the sun. The double helix of DNA revolves around pi. Pi hides in the rainbow, and sits in the pupil of the eye, and when a raindrop falls into water pi emerges in the spreading rings. Pi can be found in waves and ripples and spectra of all kinds, and therefore pi occurs in colours and music. Pi has lately turned up in superstrings.
Pi occurs naturally in tables of death, in what is known as a Gaussian distribution of deaths in a population; that is, when a person dies, the event “feels” pi. It is one of the great mysteries why nature seems to know mathematics.
(NOTE: The above information was gleaned from an article in The New Yorker magazine, March 2, 1992, called “Profiles: The Mountains of Pi”)