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"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

"
If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"
Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot,
by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse.
" -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Pi = 3.2 in Indiana (Almost)

Some mathematical nutter in 1897 came very close to persuading the Indiana Legislature to enact into a law a bill which would have, in essence, defined Pi as equaling 3.2.

Fortunately for Indiana's legislature, a genuine professor of mathematics was in the Statehouse on the day that the bill passed the Assembly. He was able to persuade some senators that the state legislature lacked the power to define mathematical truth. The professor was aided in his efforts by the press, which had caught wind of the Pi Bill and were having a lot of fun with the story.

The Pi Bill thus died in a state senate committee.

2 comments:

bmq215 said...

In contrast to an 1818 case where the outcome defined whales as fish despite being presented with a mountain of scientific evidence to the contrary...

http://www.nycourts.gov/history/legal-history-new-york/legal-history-eras-02/history-new-york-legal-eras-maurice-judd.html

Ole Phat Stu said...

Actually, it was House Bill #246, and proposed to define PI=3, afaik :-)

I've linked to a history of approximations to PI today.

Happy Einstein's birthday, too!