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The ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. “3.14159…….”


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4 thoughts on “pi

    • Rhona Fenwick says:

      “Surely” why? The arguments for preferring tau even in Earth mathematics are not compelling, and when working with real-world objects in pre-standardised societies (which is where mathematics has its ultimate origins), measuring the diameter of a circular object is far more straightforward than measuring its radius, so it’s more likely that pi would be developed first. My vote is with pi.

  1. Luciano Montanaro says:

    I also vote for tau. One or the other are needed, but it could have gone either way, and it is arguable 2pi (tau) would have been a better choice.

  2. SItlha says:

    It could also be the reciprocal of pi or tau (why the ratio of circumference to diameter rather than the ratio of diameter to circumference?).

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