So you want to make a pie for Pi Day, but you don’t want to decorate it with the traditional symbol . What other expressions could you use that are equivalent?
You could go with the elegant: a picture of a circle and the ratio of the circumfirence to the diameter
In a similar vein, you could move up a dimension to area
or volume , although in this case you’d have to draw a sphere and I can tell you right now that I’d lose points for clarity.
If geometry isn’t your thing, you could decorate your confection with an infinite sum, perhaps the Madhava-Gregory-Leibniz series (discovered by Madhava of Sangamagram, India about 600 years ago, and then rediscovered by James Gregory of Scotland and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz of Germany 200 years later)
or the slightly more complicated
found by Leonard Euler of Switzerland in 1735. Or even the Bailey-Borwein-Plouffe formula (which is, face it, kind of fun to say) that was discovered only 14 years ago(!) by Simon Plouffe of Quebec, Canada:
But back to . Do you prefer products? Then maybe you’d want to turn to Wallis’s product, discovered by John Wallis of England in 1655:
We’ll end on a more radical note: the Viète formula, which was named after François Viète of France, but actually found by Euler.
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