• Question: Are there any patterns in pi?

    Asked by 18dnelson on 29 Jan 2020.
    • Photo: Maja Popovic

      Maja Popovic answered on 29 Jan 2020:

      Not really, unless there have been some recent discoveries which I’ve missed.

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      Daniel Bearup answered on 29 Jan 2020:

      It depends what you mean by patterns. It doesn’t contain a repeating sequence of numbers (as the decimal form of a fraction can). However, if I recall correctly, there are some “statistical patterns”, some numbers occur more frequently than others, in the sections of pi that have been calculated. But it’s not really my area.

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      Lewis Griffin answered on 29 Jan 2020:

      In the novel ‘Contact’ (there’s a film as well, but this bit is not in the film) a message is found in the digits of pi.

    • Photo: Diana Kornbrot

      Diana Kornbrot answered on 30 Jan 2020:

      good question. pi like e is trnascendental and so probably not