Epic pi quest sets 10 trillion digit record

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… » 10/23/11 10:00am 10/23/11 10:00am

Why we have to get rid of pi for the sake of good math

Pi is perhaps the most beloved number in the world. People devote an entire day to celebrating it; enthusiasts memorize it to hundreds of thousands of places; and it's even pretty useful for calculating the properties of circles and spheres. But pi hides some very important mathematical truths. Put another way, pi is… » 2/02/11 2:20pm 2/02/11 2:20pm

A Happy Ending to the Movie "Pi" in Real Life

If you saw Darren Aronofsky's frenetic, disturbing flick Pi, you know that its hero, a supergenius who invents a super algorithm, meets a rather terrible end. Though he wants to use his algorithm for the forces of good, he's pursued by evil corporate schemers who want to use it to predict the stock market. Eventually… » 7/08/08 2:08pm 7/08/08 2:08pm