FUN WITH MAPS ISSUE 2024-049

By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (March 14, 2024) – In this edition of Fun with we get into some serious math calculations – just for fun.

MATH NERDS UNITE!

Happy Pi Day! (or Pie if you prefer the dessert version)

Although Pi is the most studied number in the world, its exact value cannot be calculated.  Pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to the diameter.

The letter from the Greek alphabet was introduced as the ratio symbol by a Welsh mathematician, William Jones, in 1706, then popularized by Leonhard Euler.

It took 10 hours but the blindfolded Rajveer Meena holds the record for reciting the most digits of Pi, going to 70,000 decimal places, but alas, not on Pi Day, but March 21, 2015.

However, scientist Albert Einstein was born on Pi Day in 1879.  Coincidence – or just an irrational event?

In honor of Mr. Jones, here is a map of Wales, plus England by Teesdale from 1831.

England & Wales -1831 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Fun with Maps here on Loveland Beacon.