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Civic Literacy and Changing the Meaning of Pi

Mon, 08/26/2013 - 14:55

Civic Literacy and Changing the Meaning of Pi

In late 19th century Indiana, the legislature tried to pass a bill that would change the meaning of Pi to 3.2.

For the sake of our social science audience I won’t get into the math, but basically, a gentleman who “proved” the theory, and copyrighted it, generously offered to allow Indiana to use his method for free if they adopted his mathematical gift as law.