10 Amazing Facts about Pi

It has both intrigued and baffled the greatest minds in history. Trace how this almost poetic number weaves its way through the world of mathematics, pop culture, and history with these interesting pi facts. 1. Pi is the most recognized mathematical constant in the world. Scholars often consider pi the most important and intriguing number in all of mathematics. 2. In the Star Trek episode “Wolf in the Fold,” Spock foils an evil computer by commanding it to “compute to last digit the value of pi.” 3. Comedian John Evans once quipped: “What do you get if you divide the circumference of a jack-o’-lantern by its diameter? Pumpkin π.” 4. As of 2014, the record for calculating pi is to 12.1 trillion digits. 5. Pi embodies the school spirit at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), as reflected in their school cheer: “Cosine, secant, tangent, sine 3.14159.” 6. Egyptologists and followers of mysticism have been fascinated for centuries by the fact that the Great Pyramid at Giza seems to approximate pi. 7. The first 144 digits of pi add up to 666. Some scholars note that this is “the mark of the Beast,” and and that 144 = (6+6) x (6+6). 8. Computing pi is a stress test for a computer—a kind of “digital cardiogram.” 9. “Pi Day” is celebrated on March 14 (which was chosen because it resembles 3.14). Albert Einstein was also born on Pi Day (3/14/1879). 10. The number 3.14 written backwards looks like the word PIE.
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