## Vihart – Anti-Pi Rant, 3/14/14

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[Vihart – Anti-Pi Rant, 3/14/14]

**[Vihart]** Source: LYBIO.net

Hello and welcome to that one day the year when well everyone else is building up how great Pi is, I am here to tear it down because you deserve the truth.

Forget about the part where Pi isn’t even the correct circle constant. This Pi Day, I’m mad about how people worship Pi for being infinite for going on forever.

First of all, Pi is not infinite. It is more than three but you know, less than four. There are cultures where three is the biggest number. So I don’t want to be insensitive but trust me on this.

Four is not infinite and neither is Pi.

I know it’s not about its magnitude, it’s about all those digits, infinite digits going on forever. But first of all, it doesn’t go anywhere, it just is. There is no time element. If you had a number line, Pi would be exactly one point on that number line sitting perfectly still right now. It’s not going to start wandering off on an infinite journey that takes forever or even on a finite journey that takes forever or an infinite journey that takes finite time. Pi is a number, not a process.

Secondly, yeah so it’s got infinite digits. So what?

One third has infinite digits, there is exactly as many digits in one-third as in Pi as in 99.999999…repeating, oh and that’s also as many digits as in numbers like say: Five, I know big number, it’s even more than four. So it’s practically like double infinity, which it actually kind of is because in decimal notation, there is secretly infinite zeros in all of these places.

**[Vihart]** Source: LYBIO.net

Zero’s going out to forever, wooo….. so mysteries, and then zeros going the other way too, which is actually not anymore zeros and if they only went one way, no. Pi is not especially infinite in anyway, it’s more or like in between infinite.

There is an infinite number of rational numbers for any two fractions. You can find another fraction that’s between them again and again and again. There is never any fractions that are right next to each other on the number line. But despite that there is an infinite amount of rational numbers, Pi isn’t one of them.

Take any rational number and you can find an infinite number of rational numbers that are closer to Pi on either side. But Pi is between all of them in one of the gaps, it isn’t infinite, it’s in between infinite. But so what, do you think that’s special as of this is one whole in the rational number line exactly where Pi is and once you plug that in with a super special number you are good to go. Maybe a few more for e and [tallying] square root 2. No super nope, the in between infiniteness of Pi, its irrationality is an incredibly unspecial property, turns out most of real numbers are irrational. It’s the nicely packaged rational numbers that are weird.

In fact if you’re threw a dart and picked a random number off the number line, the chance of getting a rational number is exactly zero.

**[Vihart]** Source: LYBIO.net

I’ll get into kinds of infinity some other time, but sufficed to say the number of rational numbers like the number of digits in Pi is the small and unimpressive countable infinity, while the number of irrational numbers is so much bigger than countable infinity that when you compare the two countable infinity looks like zero.

So I don’t know why anyone would make a fuss about the grand infinities and forever of a boring little number like Pi. And of course those are just the first couple of kinds of infinities in an infinite number of infinities and their correspondingly more in between infinitor numbers like the infinite decimals. So don’t let Pi impress you by being a member of an unaccountably infinite set of in between infinite numbers either.

The only thing even a little weird about Pi is that you do get an irrational number by taking such a simple ratio of such a simple geometric object. Surely that never happens with other simple ratios of other simple geometric objects. Oh wait, they are in everything. What are the chances, no.

**[Vihart]** Source: LYBIO.net

Let’s pretend math equals arithmetic and then get all surprised and amazed when the moment you leave arithmetic, you get a non-arithmetic number as if it was some odd unpredictable phenomenon. That way by the time you get a calculus, you won’t have any idea what’s going on and memorize just enough symbol shuffling to pass your class without ever realizing that you were dealing with infinities two levels deeper than the infinity you think is so cool when Pi does it. Pi is not special, yeah Pi can be fun and I never deny your desserts but maybe try some real food once in a while.

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