I love Pi. What a lovely concept to learn in School. The crazy little Pi with its unique non-recurring never-ending value theme was beautiful. I loved memorizing formulae with Pi in them.
Or maybe, it was my teacher’s enthusiasm that rubbed off on me, as the little Pi was painted to us with all of its wonderful characteristics. The circle and the cylinder suddenly became conquerable with this one stroke of Pi. Using more decimals just for the kick of it. 3.1459…. or simply 22/7
For those interested, I found a wiki article proving that 22/7 actually exceeds the value of Pi.
Guess what is being planned by way of legislation for this wonder then?
The legislation asks for the value of Pi to be simplified to just 3 instead of 3.1459…. so US students fare better in examinations. I quote:
Congresswoman Martha Roby (R-Ala.) is sponsoring HR 205, The Geometric Simplification Act, declaring the Euclidean mathematical constant of pi to be precisely 3. The bill comes in response to data and rankings from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, rating the United States’ 15 year-olds 25th in the world in mathematics.
Can we legislate constants in the first place? The article is filed under Comedy though – probably satire, or an early April fools day joke.