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### Course: Math for fun and glory>Unit 1

Lesson 4: About pi and tau

# Are Shakespeare's plays encoded within pi?

Special thanks to Toby (or not Toby) for playing Dog Hamlet. This cool website lets you search the first 200,000,000 digits of Pi. See if your phone number or encoded name is in there! http://www.angio.net/pi/piquery Seven Sonnets: Are Shakespeare's plays encoded within Pi? The truth is: we don't know, but we suspect They're somewhere in those digits.  Created by Vi Hart.

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• at why did the cat have blood on it's paws? wouldn't that would be inappropriate for little kids?
• Just tell the little kids, "oh, don't worry pookums, kitties just like to play in ketchup...."
• Since the value of pi goes to the infinitesimal limit, and theoretically, by definition there can be no last digit, how do we comprehend the number?
• Because like all non-real numbers, we estimate its quantity. However, theoretically and by definition, we know that a circle is 2pi rad, we can derive the value of pi by just looking at the unit circle.
• I'm learning about Shakespear this year, and i like the idea of finding his plays in pi, but how can letters be in a number?
• Well, associate every letter in the english alphabet with a two-digit string of numbers. 01 means A, 02 means B, 03 means C, and so on.

Which means if I say 16 09, I'm actually saying 'pi'.

Apply this to Pi.
• I thought that Vi did not like pi. Why is she saying happy pi day? She wasn't too happy about it in the video about tau. She was trying to overcome pi.
• Vi doesn't like π in mathematics, but there is nothing wrong with celebrating π day.
• What is the sequence you used to figure out the names of hamlet and Shakespeare? I want to try and see if my name is there.
• She just made A=01, B=02, C=03, and so on up to Z=26. So HAMLET would be 080113120520, since H=08, A=01, M=13, L=12, E=05, and T=20.
• If Pi doesn't have a reasonable end, why do scientists and mathematicians exhaust themselves with memorizing 1, 000 plus digits of pi?
• Most don't. As a mathematician, I have managed to get by having memorized only the first six digits: 3.14159. A few do in order to show off, while others find it fun, but that is all.
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• how come in the video "Pi is (still) wrong", she would celebrate Tau Day (June 28) and in "Anti-Pi Rant, 3/14/14", She proves that pi isn't special and that pi day shouldn't be celebrated but now she is wishing us a happy pi day?
• Not only does she rhyme, but did anyone notice that she used 10 syllables for every Closed Captions fragment? Consider and .