Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Pi sans e OR FouCAULK

Yes, I'm actually making both a lame math joke and a reference to my crappy car and a philosopher. Sadly, the only person I am certain who would understand that part is Vince, who does not read this blog. Sigh. I'll Discipline and Punish you later! Oh, I love making smart jokes. I might print this out and bring it to work - I'm sure he'd laugh at my own lameness.

So Pi Day has come and gone, and I'm sure after seeing that NIT link, you all knew it wouldn't be long before I blogged about it. Why does pi get a day and not, say, e?

Euler's number is much more useful in higher-lever mathematics. I've actually heard calculus professors, on more than one occasion, say to solve an integral by taking the natural log and "then you have to e it back," as if it is some kind of verb. E-ing something back may sound foreign, but it makes perfect sense to me. I've actually done it, and it does make for simpler integration. But no one I know who reads this blog will understand any of that paragraph, so moving on.

My dad caulked my sunroof this weekend because it doesn't work anyway, so we thought we'd see if it helped the leaking any. Well, there came yet another monsoon (isn't is supposed to be April showers - did I sleep through March or something?), and my car's interior was still damp, albeit not nearly as drenched as I would have expected, so that's promising.

Yes, I'm aware my lame joke doesn't work with Foucault's correct pronunciation, but I was more hoping to bridge the gaps between contintental philosophy and MacGyvering one's car.

Oh yeah. This one's for Euler, the first 25 digits of e: 2.718281828459045235360287.

And, just because I remember it so fondly from an episode of Third Rock from the Sun, "Sine, cosine, cosine, sine! 3.14159!"

1 comment:

burrito said...

No offense, but Avagadro deserves one way more than Euler. And Faraday ain't far behind. But thanks for teaching me something new!