2012-10-12, 06:49 PM (ISO 8601)
Firbolg in the Playground
Re: Skyscraper Graveyard II: Jealousy and Ambition
But who says it's such an ugly number? We don't know why pi/tau has the value it does, perhaps there is a mindblowingly beautiful reason and you're going to blow that up just to make it look superficially simple
Originally Posted by the_druid_droid
And what would be the wider consequences of your plan? Changing pi to be exactly 3 will affect a LOT of fundamental stuff about the universe. A LOT!
And I am Pinkie'd, of course
Originally Posted by Thanqol
Yes, I really do think it will make a HUGE difference, for the reasons I've tried to express above. Pi is screwing over a lot of students who would benefit from something so very simple as just replacing 2pi with tau, not for the practicality of it in particular but for the conceptual understanding.
Originally Posted by Anarion
Also a matter of truth and correctness, dammit! *angry fist shaking!*
And very little if any rewriting of programs would be needed. The computer doesn't care whether you call it 2pi or tau, it's the same exact number. Also the symbol tau was chosen exactly to avoid many such issues, because it's already an existing symbol.
Pi is screwing over millions of students worldwide, preventing them from grasping concepts that could lead them on to a path of enlightenment and understanding. If that is not a Seer plot, I don't know what is.
Originally Posted by Tiki Snakes