Sequel To Pi

Great news this week for all of those who adored Yann Martel’s Booker winning novel, “The Life Of Pi”.

It appears there is going to be a sequel, as Pi retraces his journey across the oceans with a Bengal tiger.

Pi will now be twice his age as in the original story, and will have assumed the name Tau, whilst Richard Parker, the tiger, will have grown to maturity but mellowd somewhat with the ageing process.

Read all about their fascinating journey from India in a lifeboat, their trials and tribulations as they try to navigate by the stars, find food and water to survive and discover that although working out the circumference of a circle might be easier now that Pi is twice as old so you don’t need to multiply by two, working out the area becomes a tad more difficult as you now have to divide by two.

That doesn’t sound like much of a plot, does it?

Oh hang on, it’s not a new book by Yann Martel, it’s a campaign led by some Mathematics boffin at Leeds University who wants to abolish Pi as the standard ratio of radius to circumference and use Tau, which is double the value of Pi at 6.28, to save mathematicians having to go to all the trouble of multiplying Pi x r by two.

Three points for consideration here, from someone in the real world:

Number 1) If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

Number 2) Have you really got nothing better to do with your time?

Number 3) WTF is wrong with Pi D

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3 thoughts on “Sequel To Pi

  1. Quite agree. I heard about this on the radio the other morning and thought that sometimes academics can seem like their own walking advertisements for cuts in public spending.

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  2. If they are employed as mathematicians then obviously they have nothing better to do.

    On the subject of mathematics and pie (well it’s almost the same I saw one of the SATS tests for 11 year olds asks pupils to divide a half by a quarter. The answer it turns out is not an eighth but two.

    So now we have a generation of kids going through life convinced that if you have half a pie and you divide it by a quarter you end up with two pies.

    No wonder we have to import engineers from India.

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