Link of the Day: Calculating Pi With a Shotgun

Posted on May 5, 2014 6:00 pm

(Submitted by jw [High Praise!])

How Mathematicians Used A Pump-Action Shotgun to Estimate Pi

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7 Responses to “Link of the Day: Calculating Pi With a Shotgun”

  1. Jimmy says:

    I thought jw was a surgeon – but I suspect he’s also a closet mathematician!


  2. HokieGomer says:


  3. jw says:

    @1 Jimmy

    mathematician? i just bake a lot. using a shotgun makes it shoofly pi.

  4. Jimmy says:

    Pffft, jw. I’ve read your comments. You’re like super, brainy educated in everything!

    BTW, you could do an estimation based on the areas using little tiny square cookies fitted to a sheet with a quarter circle inscribed in a square. That would be a pi bakeoff, and, after you get your answer, you could eat ’em!

  5. jw says:

    @4 Jimmy-

    i think you are making fun of me. :(

    if you be wantin’ a pi bakeoff then i think rather than small cookies we could use apple pi and cornbread, because pi are round, cornbread are square.

  6. Jimmy says:

    @5 jw: I still have frozen apples from last summer. I’ll make the pi and you make a 9″ square cornbread. After we do our measurements, we’ll feast on pi-eces of each!

    (Making fun of you? No way! I was trying to counter your self-demoting (but humorous) comment in #3.)

  7. VelvetElvis says:

    I am a consulting engineer, and I’m thrilled to hear of this innovative mathematical breakthrough.
    I’m going home right now to tell my wife that I have a particularly difficult calculation to make, and will need a new 28 ga Browning Citori O/U order to insure an accurate result.
    I’m sure that she’ll be very supportive.

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