Pi (was: Re: TU-58)
mtapley at swri.edu
Thu Dec 3 09:38:26 CST 2015
On Dec 2, 2015, at 5:22 PM, Fred Cisin <cisin at xenosoft.com> wrote:
> I tried measuring a whole bunch of circles, and I can't find any rational reason why dividing the circumference by the diameter never came out even! :-)
Howzabout: go to Fort Smith, NT, Canada (or thereabouts, 60° N)
Walk or swim as appropriate, measuring distance, due East until you get back to Fort Smith. You got back, so it must have been a circle, yes?
Walk or swim to the N. pole, measuring distance again.
Compute ratio of distances.
I think both Pythagoras and Eratosthenes would be thrilled at the result.
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