# Space-Pi!

Pi is for planets, and spacecraft, for orbital dynamics and craters. It's 3.14, and it's all about circles.

Pi is for planets, and spacecraft, for orbital dynamics and craters. It's 3.14, and it's all about circles.

The latest episode of Numberphile delves into a particularly interesting reference to pi from the *Simpsons* episode "Marge in Chains," while raising the very valid question as to why the Simpsons – who have eight fingers apiece – don't live in a base eight world.

Unless, that is, you're a synesthete. (You're about to experience a number through music!)

Do you feel like having a once-every-thousand-year party? You only have a couple of years to set it up. Some of us will be planning 2015 Pi Parties — in some cases because we like math, and in other cases because we want an excuse to eat pie for breakfast. Let us know if you're going to be involved.

Pro-tip on pi-tips: this will come off as even more clever if you actually ordered pie. Or a pi pie.

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…

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…*

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…

A new Spanish film features four rival scientists struggling to solve logic puzzles before the walls of the room they're trapped in squish them into jelly. *Fermat's Room* combines elements of *Pi* (brilliant new untried math theorems) with *Cube* (deadly rooms that'll kill you unless you figure out the puzzle) in this…

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Title: *Pi*

Date: 1998

Vitals: A mathematician is obsessed with finding a pattern of numbers which…