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WK 666 Send message Joined: 18 May 99 Posts: 18025 Credit: 40,757,560 RAC: 67 
According to a BBC news report, Pi has now been calculated to 2.7 trillion digits, 123 billion digits larger that last record. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8442255.stm 
HAL9000 Send message Joined: 11 Sep 99 Posts: 6533 Credit: 196,805,888 RAC: 57 
That's a lot of pi. Myself, I like pumpkin pie. SETI@home classic workunits: 93,865 CPU time: 863,447 hours Join the BP6/VP6 User Group today! 
Reuben Gathright Send message Joined: 8 Mar 01 Posts: 213 Credit: 14,594,579 RAC: 0 
Wait... I thought they solved Pi a few years ago. Overclock with the MSI G31M3L and Intel E8600 3.33Ghz Intel D865GLC Socket 478 Motherboard ~How To Overclock The Eee ASUS 1005HA Netbook To 1.9Ghz~ 
Frosted Send message Joined: 11 Jul 99 Posts: 83 Credit: 3,898,641 RAC: 0 
Reuben Gathright wrote: Wait... I thought they solved Pi a few years ago. There's a solution? 
Wembley Send message Joined: 16 Sep 09 Posts: 429 Credit: 1,844,293 RAC: 0 
The only remaining question about pi is whether to cut it into 6 pieces or 8 pieces. 
zoom3+1=4 Send message Joined: 30 Nov 03 Posts: 65073 Credit: 55,293,173 RAC: 49 
That's a lot of pi. I like pumpkin too, But Apple is My favorite, My nephew likes Cherry a lot, Me I like Cherry also, But not as much as Apple. :D And yeah that's a BIG Pi. :) The T1 Trust, PRR T1 Class 4444 #5550, 1 of America's First HST's 
Bert Send message Joined: 12 Oct 06 Posts: 84 Credit: 813,295 RAC: 0 
Pi is an irrational number. It cannot be resolved, it is endless and nonrepeating. Other irrational numbers are, for example, sqrt(2), e, the square root of any prime number. Irrational means it cannot be expressed as a ratio of two numbers. 
Bill Walker Send message Joined: 4 Sep 99 Posts: 3868 Credit: 2,697,267 RAC: 0 
I think the ancient Greeks "solved" pi many moons ago. It is exactly the ratio of the circumference of a perfect circle to its diameter. Problems start when we try to express that "exact solution" as a numerical value. 
Jet Send message Joined: 8 May 99 Posts: 11 Credit: 6,357,134 RAC: 69 
Pi is an irrational number. It cannot be resolved, it is endless and nonrepeating. Other irrational numbers are, for example, sqrt(2), e, the square root of any prime number. Irrational means it cannot be expressed as a ratio of two numbers. No...Pi is fine. It is the people that are irrational 
Luke Send message Joined: 31 Dec 06 Posts: 2546 Credit: 817,560 RAC: 0 

1mp0Â£173 Send message Joined: 3 Apr 99 Posts: 8423 Credit: 356,897 RAC: 0 
Seems to me that the size of Pi is unchanged, and so is the number of digits that have yet to be calculated. 
zoom3+1=4 Send message Joined: 30 Nov 03 Posts: 65073 Credit: 55,293,173 RAC: 49 
Hmmm... I wonder if the (calculated) length of Pi obeys Moore's law? Some here can't either, Some build air cannons, catapults and such just to see who can lob one the farthest, All just to see a pumpkin go splat! The T1 Trust, PRR T1 Class 4444 #5550, 1 of America's First HST's 
Bill Walker Send message Joined: 4 Sep 99 Posts: 3868 Credit: 2,697,267 RAC: 0 
Seems to me that the size of Pi is unchanged, and so is the number of digits that have yet to be calculated. Very true Ned. Should we be funding this research based on how much they decreased the number of remaining digits in the last budget cycle? 
1mp0Â£173 Send message Joined: 3 Apr 99 Posts: 8423 Credit: 356,897 RAC: 0 
Very true Ned. Should we be funding this research based on how much they decreased the number of remaining digits in the last budget cycle? Makes sense to me. 
Lint trap Send message Joined: 30 May 03 Posts: 871 Credit: 28,092,319 RAC: 0 
ISTR there's a scifi story that is based on finding a long string of repeating 0's (zeroes) in Pi. Does anyone know the name of it? Martin 
1mp0Â£173 Send message Joined: 3 Apr 99 Posts: 8423 Credit: 356,897 RAC: 0 
ISTR there's a scifi story that is based on finding a long string of repeating 0's (zeroes) in Pi. Not sure why it'd be a scifi. If there are an infinite number of digits, and the probability of any digit is 1 in 10, then the law of large numbers says that there will be an infinitely long string of zeros somewhere in an infinitely long number. 
Bill Walker Send message Joined: 4 Sep 99 Posts: 3868 Credit: 2,697,267 RAC: 0 
ISTR there's a scifi story that is based on finding a long string of repeating 0's (zeroes) in Pi. Of course, that infinitely long string of zeros would only be an infinitesimal portion of the whole string of digits making up pi. Thinking like this makes my brain hurt. 
zoom3+1=4 Send message Joined: 30 Nov 03 Posts: 65073 Credit: 55,293,173 RAC: 49 
ISTR there's a scifi story that is based on finding a long string of repeating 0's (zeroes) in Pi. Are Ya sure Yer not a Voomer? ;) (VOodoo Organic Metal Extension Resource), robots manufactured by the Genom Corporation, Which can become a Boomer(very bad). :D The T1 Trust, PRR T1 Class 4444 #5550, 1 of America's First HST's 
1mp0Â£173 Send message Joined: 3 Apr 99 Posts: 8423 Credit: 356,897 RAC: 0 
ISTR there's a scifi story that is based on finding a long string of repeating 0's (zeroes) in Pi. Absolutely, along with an infinite number of other strings, like 01234567890123.... 
Lint trap Send message Joined: 30 May 03 Posts: 871 Credit: 28,092,319 RAC: 0 
If there are... Exactly. No one knows if pi is or isn't infinite and that's the (fun) and crux of the problem. It's still scifi because, so far, no one has detected any continuously repeating strings. If/when any are found, Pi will cease to be considered an irrational number. Martin 
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