Latest Mathematical constants Stories

2010-09-17 06:10:00

A researcher working for technology firm Yahoo has calculated the 2,000,000,000,000,000th digit of pi, more than doubling the previous record. Nicholas Sze used Yahoo's Hadoop cloud computing technology to come up with the unimaginable figure. The computation took 23 days using 1,000 Yahoo computers, racking up the equivalent of more than 500 years of efforts from a single computer. The core of the calculation made use of an approach called MapReduce -- originally developed by Google --...

2010-08-05 11:56:37

Japanese and U.S. computer whizzes say they have calculated pi to five trillion decimal places, which is a number that could beat a previous record set by a French software engineer if verified. "We believe our achievement sets a new record," Japanese system engineer Shigeru Kondo said, The 54-year-old Japanese man teamed up with Alexander Yee, a U.S. computer science student, to set out to try and calculate the constant that has fascinated mathematicians for millennia. Pi is the ratio of...

2009-03-24 16:03:49

A pair of New York state high school teachers said they held their math-infused wedding on the day set aside to commemorate irrational decimal pi. Audra Smith, 25, and Joseph Ahl, 24, math teachers at Fairport High School, said they held their wedding on March 14 -- also known as 3.14, or Pi Day -- because, as their wedding invitations said: Love is like Pi, natural, irrational and very important, the Rochester (N.Y.) News and Democrat reported Tuesday. Smith said holding the wedding on Pi...

2009-03-03 12:07:06

On Tuesday, math lovers across the country are celebrating national Square Root Day, a holiday that comes around only when the day and the month are both the square root of the last two digits of the current year. For example, today's date "“ March 3, 2009, can numerically be expressed as 03/03/09. The last time square root day was celebrated was February 2, 2004 (2/2/04), and the next time won't occur until April 4, 2016 (4/4/16). To celebrate "Squared Day", it is suggested that...

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