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Your phone number inside PI *December 13, 2006*

*Posted by dorigo in Blogroll, computers, games, humor, internet, mathematics, science.*

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From http://backreaction.blogspot.com I got a link to a nice web site today. It allows you to search the millions of known digits of pi (the ratio between circumference and diameter of a circle) for any given string of numbers.

Your success to find any finite-length string of numbers would be certain if we knew all digits (or equivalently, if we possessed an infinitely fast pi-digits-computing algorithm), because pi is a transcendental number, as Sabine well explains in her site (link above). But our stone age of computing limits us to the first few hundreds of millions of digits, so you have better try your luck with -say- less than 12-digit strings. For 100 million digit searches, your chances of finding your 10-digit phone number is 0.995%. Worth giving a try at http://www.angio.net/pi/piquery !

Especially recommended to hot babes with a penchant for mathematics (there are some after all): imagine how cool if upon being asked for your number you could reply “ok, it’s the ten digits after the 635,444th of pi, dude!”.

… Sure, you would get laid quite less often though. But the happy ones you got would be smarter than the average John.