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Epic pi quest sets 10 trillion digit record

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 01:31 PM

www.newscientist.com said:

A pair of pi enthusiasts have calculated the largest chunk of the mathematical constant yet, reaching just over 10 trillion digits. Alexander Yee and Shigeru Kondo, respectively a computer scientist in the US and a systems engineer in Japan, fought hard-drive failures and narrowly missed widespread technical disruptions due to the Japan earthquake to break their previous Guinness world record of 5 trillion digits.

As the title of the announcement on their website - "Same program, same computer, just a longer wait..." - suggests, it was only a matter of time before the record was smashed. Indeed, calculating so many digits of pi serves no useful mathematical purposes - pi goes on forever, but just 39 digits are enough to calculate the circumference of a circle the size of the observable universe with an error no larger than the radius of a hydrogen atom.

Yet, as demonstrated by Yee and Kondo's recent epic quest - which was particularly fraught this time around - the feat still sparks intense passion, a testament to the enduring fascination with this curious ratio.

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 10:13 AM

Chuck Norris can calculate it to infinity.

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 01:26 PM

Indeed, Chuck Norris can calculate it to infinity.

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 03:33 PM

nice :S

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 04:20 PM

I believe it's time for a celebration. Science has yet again achieved redundancy.

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 05:55 PM


...pi enthusiasts...

These exist?  :huh:

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 08:29 PM

Is it really necessary to calculate it to ten trillion digits?? Cant they just be happy with 3.14?? Or why not just make it 3.15?

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 01:15 AM

I agree completely with you, Draconis.  :unsure2: Why don't they do something more creative with their time? Or are they too smart?!

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 01:57 AM

I'm not a pi enthusiast, does pi ever start showing a pattern, or is it complete randomness even up to ten trillion digits?

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 02:46 PM


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Posted 29 October 2011 - 03:17 PM

This seems like quite a massive waste of time and effort.

What exactly are we going to really get out of this? if the ten trillionth digit through the ten trillionth and tenth digit end up being 3.14 <ten trillion digits> 12345678910.... Would that change anything?

Focus on something that will make a difference in the world...

Too many people on both sides of the spectrum have fallen into this mentality that a full one half of the country are the enemy for having different beliefs...in a country based on freedom of expression. It is this infighting that allows the focus to be taken away from "we the people" being able to watch, and have control over government corruption and ineptitude that is running rampant in our leadership.

People should be working towards fixing problems, not creating them.

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Posted 30 October 2011 - 12:52 AM

I totally agree with what everyone's been saying, there's really no benefit to the world with this discovery, I'm not going to be using a trillion digits to help me with my division.

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Posted 30 October 2011 - 08:07 AM

this is what nerds do when they're bored.

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Posted 30 October 2011 - 06:57 PM

What's with the negativity?  It's a couple of guys doing something pointless but awesome.

Far more computer power and time is "wasted" on video games or watching cats play the piano on YouTube.

Lighten up.

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Posted 30 October 2011 - 07:04 PM

What about the square root of two and three? They forgot those. Posted Image

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