Crawford Texas – Mathematicians and educators across the nation were stunned and infuriated after President signed a bill into law yesterday redefining pi, a mathematical constant used around the world. The bill to change the value of pi to exactly three was introduced without fanfare by Tom Delay (R, Texas), and rapidly gained support after a letter-writing campaign by members of the Solomon Society, a traditional values group.
The law took the mathematical community by surprise. “It would have been nice if they had consulted with someone who actually uses pi,” said Marshall Borgman, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) . According to Bergman, pi is a Greek letter that signifies the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. It is often used by engineers to calculate missile trajectories.
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