Thursday, July 22, 2010

Today is π Day

Found this and got this from Wikipedia:
Pi Approximation Day is observed on March 14, because of the Ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes' first rough approximation of π as being 3.14. (A few years later, Archimedes was able to calculate a much better approximation of π.) However, this date may be considered misleading, because 22/7 is actually a closer approximation of π than 3.14 is. Thus, a "correct" Pi Day could be found in the European calendar, 22/7, or July 22.

And it is Pearlie's Day as well - no approximation about that :)



  1. HEY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! not sure if this is relevant to your post today:

    Thought this was pretty amazing and interesting!

    For all the scientists out there, and for all the students who have a hard time convincing these people regarding the truth of the Bible, here's something that shows God's awesome creation, and that He is still in control.

    Did you know that the space program is busy proving that what has been called 'myth' in the Bible is true?

    Mr. Harold Hill, President of the Curtis Engine Company in Baltimore, Maryland, and a consultant in the space program, relates the following development.

    'I think one of the most amazing things that God has done for us today happened recently to our astronauts and space scientists at Green Belt, Maryland .

    They were checking out where the positions of the sun, moon, and planets would be 100 years and 1,000 years from now. We have to know this so we won't send up a satellite and have it bump into something later on in its orbits.

    We have to lay out the orbits in terms of the life of the satellite and where the planets will be so the whole thing will not bog down.

    They ran the computer measurement back and forth over the centuries, and it came to a halt. The computer stopped and put up a red signal, which meant that there was something wrong with either the information fed into it or with the results as compared to the standards. They called in the service department to check it out, and they said, 'What's wrong?' Well, they found there is a day missing in space in elapsed time. There was no answer.

    Finally a Christian man on the team said, 'You know, one time I was in Sunday School, and they talked about the sun standing still.' While they didn't believe him, they didn't have an answer either, so they said, 'Show us, '

    He got a Bible and went to the book of Joshua where they found a pretty ridiculous statement for any one with 'common sense.'

    There they found the Lord saying to Joshua,

    Fear them not, I have delivered them into thy hand; there shall not a man of them stand before Thee.'

    Joshua was concerned because he was surrounded by the enemy! And if darkness fell, they would overpower them. So Joshua asked the Lord to make the sun stand still! That's right... 'The sun stood still and the moon stayed and lasted not to go down about a whole day!'
    (Joshua 10:12-13)

    The astronauts and scientists said, There is the missing day! They checked the computers going back into the time it was written and found it was close but not close enough. The elapsed time that was missing back in Joshua's day was 23 hours and 20 minutes. not a whole day.

    They read the Bible, and there it was about [approximately] a day. These little words in the Bible are important, but they were still in trouble because if you cannot account for 40 minutes, you'll still be in trouble 1000 years from now...

    Forty minutes had to be found because it can be multiplied many times over in orbits. As the Christian employee thought about it, he remembered somewhere in the Bible where it said the sun went BACKWARDS.

    The scientists told him he was out of his mind, but they got out the Book and read these words in 2 Kings that told of the following story: Hezekiah, on his death bed, was visited by the prophet Isaiah who told him that he was not going to die. Hezekiah asked for a sign as proof. Isaiah said 'Do you want the sun to go ahead 10 degrees?'

    Hezekiah said, 'It is nothing for the sun to go ahead 10 degrees, but let the shadow return backward 10 degrees.' Isaiah spoke to the Lord, and the Lord brought the shadow ten degrees BACKWARD! Ten degrees is exactly 40 minutes!'

    Twenty-three hours and 20 minutes in Joshua, plus 40 minutes in Second Kings make the missing day in the universe! Isn't it amazing?

    References: Joshua 10:8 and 12,13 and 2 Kings 20:9-11.

  2. Happy, happy Birthday dear Pearlie!!! Love & blessings to you!

  3. Happy Birthday from me as well ...

  4. Happy Birthday dear friend. The information was very interesting. It amazes me what you find out and share :o)

  5. Thanks all for your wishes! Thanks so much!!!

  6. Sue,
    I have read about the "Nasa & the Bible" text you accompanied here. But if you refer to it is an urban legend though. I have not read the entire writeup in but it did state that the "missing day" legend has originated from a book by Harry Rimmer. There is a statement from Nasa in too.

  7. Julia,
    Referring to your comment in my FB, isn't it cool :) :) I just got to know it yesterday when I thought, let's check wikipedia out what's special today :)

  8. Susan,
    I was amazed with what I found out, that I have to blog it :D If not, I would have just let the day pass without any blogging - which seem to be the case for me lately, sadly :)