Thursday, July 22, 2004

π = 22/7

today is pi approximation day - an approximate value for pi being 22/7 - thats the way the date is written in the british format ... of course the actual pi day is march 14 = 3/14 in the US format = 3.14 (widely used value for pi).

as a fine point of interest, the first 64 digits of pi are 3.14159 26535 89793 23846 26433 83279 50288 41971 69399 37510 58209 74944 592 .. .. ..

[i have tried to use < f o n t face="Symbol"> < / f o n t> - tag for writing p in the symbol font - why doesnt it show up that way? still shows up as p .... any suggestions?]

[the "symbol" font works fine on IE - does not with mozilla, netscape, firefox. i have used prashant's suggestion, although it looks quite ugly (again. only on non-IE browsers!)... ]

2 comments:

Prashant said...

Just write the following characters without spaces:

Small Greek Letter pi
& # 9 6 0 ;

It should look like: π

Capital Greek letter pi:
& # 9 2 8 ;

It Should look like: Π

Alternatively you can write: & Pi ; to look like Π
or write: & pi ; to look like π

:-) Enjoy!

Parag said...

If some lawmakers in Georgia had their way, your post would be non-sense. They tried to change the value of pi to '3', to make it easy for schoolkids. Fortunately, they were not successful in passing that bill.