Artist Skywrites the First Thousand Digits of Pi over San Francisco

Any eyes in San Francisco that weren't focused on Apple's announcements yesterday might have noticed something peculiar in the skies over the Bay area. As part of the ZERO1 Biennial—a months long festival celebrating the coming together of art and technology—an artist known only as Ishky used several planes to skywrite … » 9/13/12 11:40am 9/13/12 11:40am

If You Read Pi Long Enough, You'll Find Hamlet

It's Pi Day! Which, okay, whatever, if you were really hardcore about celebrating you'd figure out what nanosecond corresponds to 3.14159 or whatever and pop the Moet then but you didn't and you won't so whatever, right? But! That doesn't mean we can't still have some fun with the nerdiest holiday in the land, thanks… » 3/14/12 10:25am 3/14/12 10:25am

This Computer Just Calculated Pi To a World Record 5 Trillion Digits

Yesterday, Alexander Yee and Shigeru Kondo announced that they had set a new Pi world record, calculating it to five trillion digits—some 6TB of data—using a single custom built computer. The five trillionth digit? It's a 2. » 8/06/10 9:20am 8/06/10 9:20am