Sunday, November 01, 2009

Binary Pie and Binary Debt

In case you were wondering, it is my humble opinion that pi is easier to memorize in binary.  It starts out 11.0010010000111111

Of course you need way more digits to express the same accuracy.  Nevertheless, it's still easier.

I'm working on pi in Roman numerals (which is slightly more difficult to figure out than pi in base 2).

Also, pi in base pi is 10, which is *really* easy to remember, except that it doesn't really do you much good, because then you also have to memorize some other form of pi, or else you can't really tell anybody with much accuracy what base you are working in.

Also, here's the U.S. national debt (as of November 2, 2009 (or in binary November 10, 011111011001))

$10101100111001010110000100111101110111101111 wow looks even bigger in binary.


byron smith said...

Also, pi in base pi is 10
This one made me laugh. :-)

Al said...

Years ago our fine Canadian gov't decided that since much of the world was already metric (base 10) in measurements as well as finance, we should join them. So, we learned kilometers, grams, and other such tools of commerce. Too bad y'all Americans didn't follow suit!
Personally, I'm glad the rest of the world wasn't binary (although we do have two arms, not 10, so there could be a logical reason to change things again...)

Joe said...

It gets a bit trickier to remember after the first few digits though, see here