Uncategorized Wednesday, April 25th 2012 at 9:30 am

## 4,000,000 Digits of Pi Represented in a Single Image, Here’s 500,000 of Them

If you’re on this site, you already know that Pi is an irrational number that goes on and on forever without repetition. This fascinating property has led many to present the numbers of Pi in different ways, blurring the lines between mathematics and art. The New York design firm TWO-N has presented their own twist on the irrational number, presenting 4,000,000 digits of the number as a single image. What you see above is just a tiny piece of this impressive project.

To create the piece, the folks at TWO-N assigned a color to the digits one through nine. However, they took it one step further by presenting their massive mural online as a searchable image. Type in any string of numbers you can think of, and there’s a pretty good chance it appears in the first 4,000,000 digits of Pi.

The full image, in its scrollable and searchable glory, can be seen here. But be wary: You’d be surprised how easy it is to get mesmerized by it.

(TWO-N via io9)

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• Anonymous

The Bible says pi is exactly 3.0.   The Devil must have come up with this.

• Enthusiast

Or maybe you don’t know what you’re talking about. I wonder which is more likely….

Most people use one of two passages to argue this point. They both contain the same measurements. 10 cubits from rim to rim and 30 cubits around… That’s where most people stop.  They (and you) neglect the thickness of the vessel, which is a hands’ breadth.

The formula circumference is C = 2(pi)r and a cubit is 18 inches. A hand’s breadth is 4 inches.

C = 540 inches
r = 90 inches – 4 inches (inner radius)
2(pi) = 540 / (90 – 4)
2(pi) = 6.279…
pi = 3.1395…

Seems pretty accurate for measuring with body parts!

More importantly, this is a religious text, not an engineering journal. Why are you expecting exact measurements anyway?

• Donnie Duncanson

…satire, perhaps?

• Anonymous

I dated a contortionist once;  it didn’t work out…she was too wrapped up in herself.   But to get back to the subject at hand:  when you have to go through contortions such as the example above,  then you might just not have a case.