“Honey, I shrunk the Pi”
Nanojems is engraving the first million digits of pi on crystal gems for pendants and lockets
RENO, Nev., Aug. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The number that keeps on giving, called “Pi” and never ends as was depicted in the movie, “Life of Pi” will be digitally shrunk into the size of a dime and worn around your neck as a pendant, if Nanojems, the Reno company that is creating this million-digit invention has its dream come true in the next two weeks.
Nanojems, a Reno, Nevada based company, has set out to engrave the first million digits of pi on collectable and teaching demonstration pieces with the backing of the Kickstarter community. (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/nanojems/million-digits-of-pi-pendant)
“The number is amazing, really,” says co-founder, Jesse Adams. “When you discover that your phone number, birthday, and full words and documents are already displayed right there in this number and have been and will be a part of the circle forever, that’s pretty cool.” Adams says he sees this project boosting awareness of the number pi and providing math and science teachers with a fun diversion and hook for interest, not to mention creating a keepsake for pi aficionados, who are already preparing for pi day 2014 and the once in a life time, pi day 2015, where at 9:26:53 in the morning the date and time will contain over 10 digits of pi. (https://www.facebook.com/events/328804572620/)
The number pi is a mathematical constant that is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, and it is approximately equal to 3.14159. Pi is an irrational number, so its decimal representation never ends and never settles into a repeating pattern. Mathematicians have attempted to extend their understanding of pi for thousands of years, sometimes by calculating its value to many decimal places. While some computer projects have gone farther, it’s now possible to search the first 2 billion digits of pi digitally online. (http://www.subidiom.com/pi/) Try looking for your birthday or phone number (better odds without area code).
The number has gathered so much interest, a day in its honor originated with the exploratorium (http://www.exploratorium.edu/pi/), and in 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives designated March 14 (3/14) as National Pi Day, in a bid to draw attention to improving math and science education. (http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-10194354-38.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-5)
Nanojems is aiming to revolutionize jewelry, fashion and art with a light-scattering marriage of technology and meaning. It see this happening through the design and sale of pendants, rings, lockets, desk pieces and wall pieces and also by keying in on fund raising for causes and campaigns where a portion of the funding generated from meaningful pieces can be donated back to the cause. Using its patented technology, the company can engrave many thousands of words on crystal and sapphire gems and mount these in various fixtures such as it plans to do for the Kickstarter project to honor the number pi. http://www.nanojems.com/