Link of the Day: Calculating Pi With a Shotgun

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How Mathematicians Used A Pump-Action Shotgun to Estimate Pi

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7 Comments

  1. 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!

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  2. @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.

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  3. @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.)

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  4. 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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