How Much Pi Do You Need?

Both 3.14 and 227 are approximations of pi, so the two days deserve the same title. In fact, 227 is closer to pi than 3.14 is. So if you’re an aspiring pedant, you can choose to celebrate July 22 as Pi Day and March 14 as Not Quite as Close to Pi Day. (Either way, you’ll enjoy more pie.) But what does it mean to be an approximation of pi—and why does it matter?

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/how-much-pi-do-you-need/

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