Value of Pi

“The problem is that π is an irrational number. That is a mathematical term which means that it cannot be expressed as a fraction. If God were to give the actual values, the Bible, as a book, would need an infinite number of pages just to write down the diameter or the circumference. Clearly, this is not practical.”

What is pi?

Mathematician: Pi is the number expressing the relationship between the circumference of a circle and its diameter. Physicist: Pi is 3.1415927 plus or minus 0.000000005.

Engineer: Pi is about 3.

1 Kings 7:23 says nothing about the theoretical value of pi. It just states that a line of thirty cubits went around a ten cubit vessel.

“Critics who try to find scientific ‘mistakes’ in Scripture nearly always settle on this verse as one of their prime examples. Solomon’s sea, ten cubits in diameter, had a circumference of 30 cubits, supposedly showing that the writer thought the value of π, or ‘pi’ (the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter) was exactly 3.0, instead of 3.1416. The critics do not understand the principle – always applied in careful

scientific calculations – of ‘significant figures.’ The dimensions as given were not intended as precisely 10 or 30, but were obviously round numbers. To say that the diameter was 10 means only that it was somewhere between 9.5 and 10.5. Similarly, the circumference was somewhere between 29.5 and 30.5. Thus the implied value of π was somewhere between 29.5/10.5 and 30.5/9.5 – that is, between 2.81 and 3.21. The precise value of π is clearly within this range, and it would have been incorrect to try to specify a

more precise value.

Pi (π) is NOT 3.14

only!!! It can also be rounded as 3.0, 3.1, 3.142, 3.1416, 3.14159, 3.141592,

3.14159265358979323, or if you want up to 1,001 decimal digits of pi (π):

3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197169399375105820974944

5923078164062862089986280348253421170679821480865132823066470

9384460955058223172535940812848111745028410270193852110555964

4622948954930381964428810975665933446128475648233786783165271

2019091456485669234603486104543266482133936072602491412737245

8700660631558817488152092096282925409171536436789259036001133

0530548820466521384146951941511609433057270365759591953092186

1173819326117931051185480744623799627495673518857527248912279

3818301194912983367336244065664308602139494639522473719070217

9860943702770539217176293176752384674818467669405132000568127

1452635608277857713427577896091736371787214684409012249534301

4654958537105079227968925892354201995611212902196086403441815

9813629774771309960518707211349999998372978049951059731732816

0963185950244594553469083026425223082533446850352619311881710

1000313783875288658753320838142061717766914730359825349042875

5468731159562863882353787593751957781857780532171226806613001

92787661119590921642019893

pi is already digitally computed in a trillion decimal places, and still computing…

## Monday, January 4, 2010

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