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11:50 AM on 04/15/2013

Even if it were provably TRUE that for any sequence of decimals, you could find the corresponding sequence in the decimal expansion of pi (which would be an awesome proof), this meme is still just an extension of the monkeys at typewriters concept. You could do the same thing with an infinite number of coin flips transposed into binary. The professors interviewed for this article are right on the money.
12:28 PM on 04/17/2013

There are an infinite number of irrational numbers all of which have different sequences. They don't each exist simultaneously in each other.
02:11 PM on 04/18/2013

Huh? Actually, the number of irrational numbers is an uncountable infinity (a countable infinity is one in which each of its elements can be put into a one-to-one correspondence with the positive integers 1, 2, 3 . . . ), but what in the world does it mean they can't each exist simultaneously in each other?
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09:13 AM on 04/15/2013

Looks as long as i get to eat one, then nobody gets hurt ok....
06:02 PM on 04/14/2013

A little off topic.One of my college math professors gave this definition of a mathematician. A mathematician is an individual who stands at the blackboard and says "Take any point A.....call it B."

08:47 AM on 04/15/2013

A mathematician is a machine that turns coffee into theorems.
04:38 PM on 04/14/2013

If they can show me that it can achieve inifinite and non-repeating status without including every possible combination imaginable...
11:47 AM on 04/15/2013

Well, its very easy to construct an irrational number that does not have the property of having every combination imaginable in its decimal expansion. For example, 0.101101110111101111101111110... is such a number. It doesn't even have every possible combination of 1's and 0's. So it is far from self-evident that pi should have such a property. The relevant question is if such constructed examples are the exception or the rule?
12:01 PM on 04/15/2013

It's certainly possible to have such a number. Since there are an infinite number of combinations, Pi can skip a combination and still be infinite. A simple example of such a number would be an infinite, non repeating decimal consisting of only even digits. 3 would never appear, so it would be infinite, non repeating, but not include "3". Pi is more complicated, of course. Since there are an infinite number of combinations of digits, there's no way to go through them all and see if they are included or not.

02:40 PM on 04/14/2013

Pi, the father of identity theft.
03:11 PM on 04/14/2013

Infinite means there is no final digit, and there won't ever be one. But hey, maybe infinite doesn't exist and we just haven't been able to get to an end yet. Who know.
11:03 PM on 04/14/2013

The last 2 digits are 42My reference: Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

01:32 PM on 04/14/2013

one needs to have the flaming lips' 'do you realize' playing in the background to be in the mental space to appreciate ALL of this....
07:11 AM on 04/14/2013

Itâ€™s all just Pi in The Sky some mathematicians say, and yet this ratio does express a very important central symmetry, which captures much to inform us about the limits and potentials of our universe as it relates to its form, substance and actions.
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11:58 PM on 04/13/2013

Someone's fanciful-but-true concept (sorry, can't remember where I read it) is that everything could be coded by using a single point on a unit line. Each position could correspond to a ratio to give decimal fractions of any desired number of digits. I find this concept to be a good reminder of one's importance in the universe, just a little point on a line.......
11:39 PM on 04/13/2013

I am deeply disturbed by the fact that the number pi contains both my bank account number and my pin as a consecutive string of decimal digits.On a more serious note, it is time for a remake of "Life of Pi" which will toss a poor Tamil boy into a life boat together with a wild and untamed ... drumroll please ... pocket calculator.

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