Friday, April 1, 2011

3ish


It's our world and we can do as we please! I found this story on Topix News and several other places, and thought you would enjoy. Consider it a refresher to an earlier post. The tags are theirs.

Part 1 (I love the last paragraph best of all)

"Congresswoman Martha Roby (R-Ala.) is sponsoring HR 205, The Geometric Simplification Act, declaring the Euclidean mathematical constant of pi to be precisely 3. The bill comes in response to data and rankings from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, rating the United States' 15 year-olds 25th in the world in mathematics.

OECD is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2011, and the Paris-based NGO released its international educational rankings, placing the US in a three-way tie for math, equaling Portugal and Ireland, just beneath No. 24 Luxembourg.

"That long-held empirical value of pi, I am not saying it should be necessarily viewed as wrong, but 3 is a lot better," said Roby, the 34-year old legislator representing Alabama's second congressional district, ushered into office in the historic 2010 Republican mid-term bonanza.

Pi has long been defined as the ratio of a circle's area to the square of its radius, with a value of approximately 3.14159. HR 205 does not change the root definition, per se. The bill simply, and legally, declares pi to be exactly 3.

Roby, raised in Montgomery, Ala., is on the House Committee on Education and theWorkforce, and the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education.

"It's no panacea, but this legislation will point us in the right direction. Looking at hard data, we know our children are struggling with a heck of a lot of the math, including thegeometry incorporating pi," Roby said. "I guarantee you American scores will go up once pi is 3. It will be so much easier."

Part 2


As ya'll know, pi's are round.

April Gowk!
Toad

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5 comments:

Suburban Princess said...

I was getting riled and came up with all sorts of things to say - then I realised the date! Haha!

David said...

Got me too. Happy day (and weekend) Toad!

SouthernProletariat said...

Love it!

David said...

Ahh you got me as well, almost posted a response too. What's great (and kind of sad really) is that this sort of thing just seems so plausible.

Toad said...

Backstory:

I first saw this two weeks ago,and had the same reaction as SP and David. Did a bit of digging and found it in another form on a list of 10 best April fools stories from 10 years ago, so I lightened up.

As David 2 said it's just too plausable.