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### The Tangent Side - Pi

Posted August 19, 2012 12:00 AM by Juzek89
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### Re: The Tangent Side - Pi

08/19/2012 8:19 AM

A nice place for meditation (you know, the transcendental kind).

But really, Pi is wrong:

Here's a shorter (fast-paced) version of why Pi is wrong by Vi Hart:

Go Tau!

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### Re: The Tangent Side - Pi

08/19/2012 10:21 AM

Pi is the first transcendental number that people confront that can be demonstrated to be transcendental. The diameter of a circular cylinder can be directly measured. The circumference of a cylinder can be indirectly measured. The radius must be derived by measuring the diameter and dividing by two. Yes, I know that two in this case is an integer that does not have any uncertainty in its value and that because of this the derivation of the radius is just as certain as the measurement of the diameter. However this requires multiple conceptual abstractions in number theory to apply. Just look at both of your presentations again. Both presenters implicitly accept the concept of a transcendental number existing. Pi tangibly presents to mathematical novices the idea that a number can be precisely known but is impossible to count or measure. This is not an easy concept for everyone to immediately accept. Boasting that Pi is wrong promotes this confusion instead of clarifying.

Having said that; I use the time constant, Tau, all the time. The fact that it will always relate to the geometric constant Pi in some fashion has long ago fascinated me. What additionally astonishes me is that both of these constants work in concert with Euler's transcendental number and the imaginary number i or j to describe most of the relations people will find in everything we encounter. Obfuscating Pi by prematurely introducing Tau IMHO is counter productive to comprehension.

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### Re: The Tangent Side - Pi

08/19/2012 11:20 AM

I wonder if Conference Room Φ occurs between #1 and #2.

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### Re: The Tangent Side - Pi

08/20/2012 1:10 AM

Does this fig says some thing about the the origin of the unique number 7 (tagent) in Pi?

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### Re: The Tangent Side - Pi

08/20/2012 1:14 AM

And 2 < e < 3.

Was Maharishi Mahesh Yogi into this?

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### Re: The Tangent Side - Pi

08/20/2012 7:51 AM

Where are the musical poets amongst us:-

One Phi Two E Three Pi Four

Just seems to be begging for a little rhyming extension.

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### Re: The Tangent Side - Pi

08/21/2012 7:46 PM

Something along the lines of the old Swarthmore cheer:

"Pericles, Sophocles, Peloponnesian War;
X-Squared, Y-Squared, H2SO4;
Cosine, Tangent, Secant, Ray;
Swarthmore, Swarthmore, all the way!"

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### Re: The Tangent Side - Pi

08/21/2012 11:06 PM

5 potato, 6 potato, 7 potato, more....

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### Re: The Tangent Side - Pi

08/22/2012 6:32 AM

One Phi Two E Three Pi Four

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