Ponder this most coveted ratio: The circumference of a circle/Diameter.
Yes, nearly everyone knows about ? and today is Pi day, so it is a good time to wonder…
I wondered how the early mathematicians worked it out so I did a bit of research.
I originally thought they may have first had to accurately measure a circle’s circumference then divide (pretty naive approach). Then thought what if the circle’s circumference was a whole number – still the problem of accurately measuring down to the smallest distinct values would be problematic.
Smarter people have attempted to work out ? for over 4000 years. The short article here was interesting, but doesn’t even come close to the pondering what must have taken place throughout the centuries. Until this morning, I never gave the origin of the Euler number a second thought (most scientific calculators have a key for it – e). Good on you Leonhard Euler for giving us something to help solve complex function problems.
So – today take a moment and wonder. Wonder what might be different about our modern world without an understanding of ?.