The page for pi-holics !
(to be taken in moderation...)
Hey, I have been itching to do this page for a long time... in a word, the real amateurs of Pi will drop their mask ! Because this page gathers games, quizz and other small delirium around Pi. Pi is not only a mathematical constant, Pi is history, anecdotes, digits... Everything a real amateur has to master to not be Pi-tiful !
Preliminaries... What about... ?
Globally, pals, you're wise and fund of mathematics, let's see that
Pi is for you...
|3 and a bit
|I don't give a damn about your question
|A part of a cow (well, it was a french survey, and in french, pi is a cow teat ! ok bad pun, especially in english...)
|A human madness
|Some thing useless
Well, to my great relief, you're only a minority to see Pi as a useless thing, thank you for my website !
You go to my head ...
Some mean people might have claimed that my website is somewhat messy... I really don't know what they're talking about ;-) Yet, I have to admit that they might be right. A brillant proof by Alexandra Gibert who proposed me a staggering map of my website in flash Notice the clever symbolic role of the circle...
Link to the map (in french, click on the black square on the right)
The Pi-Day is the international day of Pi ! Each year on the 14th march (3-14, hohoho), all the people crazy about Pi meet and celebrate our favorite constant. Finally, there is a webpage about the pi-day on this website, go see it !
Some crazy videos about Pi
The great Pi/e debate... Huge !!
Good Manners !
Impossible to knock it back without a good camembert
! (for french amateurs)
Some anecdotes to follow
A big page of anecdotes about some famous mathematicians
And about our lovely constant.
In the tradition of the quizz introduced by the so cute Eve Andersson (Pi trivia game), here are two quizz to test your culture about Pi (and don't cheat, pi-rates !) :
The short Pizz ("Pi, well, what is it exactly ?")
The big Pizz ("I'm a Pi master ")
There is a hall of fame on both pages.
Do you really know the digits of Pi
Let me introduce yout to this funny applet by Daniel Morin. It tests your knowledge of the digits of Pi. The faster you type them, the higher your score on the "Morin scale" will be. Personnaly, I reached 1913, but it is easy to perform better. Try it ! (The applet might not appear on your browser, I don't know why, I'm sorry...)
Hey, here is the long-awaited memory hall of fame (the so-called Morin scale)
Of course, those who cheated don't have to be proud of themselves... I checked for the best scores. Send me you own score !
What's the point in memorizing a lot of digits of Pi ? The difficulty of the test. Explore Pi is like strolling in a forest where all the trees are the same. The random aspect and the limited number of digits (10) make this test more difficult than memorizing a text. In addition, it is not any sequence of digits, but one of the most famous mathematical constant. These points will give you an idea about why some people want to memorize more than two digits. The fact that a text is easier to memorize because we can use of mnemonics has led astray the spirit of the test. People using mnemonics don't know a lot of digits but know a text allowing us to remember them. The fastness criterion introduced by Daniel Morin thus becomes interesting. By setting up the time required to remember the digits (for instance one minute for 200 or 300 digits), one must be possible to eliminate all people using mneonics without throwing out the others. One flaw of the Morin's game is the sensitivity to mistyping.
||12638 (~350 décimales)
||Very funny ! You just have to learn your lesson and have an illimited internet access.
| Hope I will be published because I' getting out of breath
||(author of this
||I only know 100 for the moment...
| Christophe Corroy
||Finally, statisticians have kind of a memory...
||Hope I'll do better soon...
||I never learnt digits, but after looking at them everyday...
||I make fun to learn them. I only know 40 digits, but I learn 2 new digits per day, I'll increase my score...
||I'm sorry, I only know 40 digits, and I was not able to forget them !
||I onlly know 31 digits: the number of digits stored in the Windows calculator. Because you have to admit that finding digits is the most difficult part of the challenge !
||I did not cheat. Just lucky !!
||I'll be back when I will have a funny comment in mind
|Urbain Leglandu dubbed Zorro
||Classy, isnt'it ?
When I was young, I had a calculator displaying Pi as 3.141592653589793264. I've learnt all these digits which I kept in memory. I've known the last digits are not correct for a while, but I Can't correct or extend my memory !
||I did not cheat. Absolutely !
|Bernardo (ex futur-ensai?en)
||My rationale for my result is that it is 2.15 am. This game is pitiful though...
||Ouah, 14 digits
:-)) Thanks to my calculator. I get bored in class, so I learn Pi !
||I did not cheat... Well, I did two trials though. But I'm new !!!
||It is so difficult ! hurt my fingers !
||I'm not very good...
|The most simple mind
|Not good at maths
||If only my marks were as good as my score
||I think it's enoug for an approximation
So, be brave, send me your score !
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