The Pi Trivia Game

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 Finally this is your chance to pay tribute to the magnificent transcendental number that we have all grown to love! Here are 25 questions (given to you 5 at a time), picked randomly from my pi question database. Get ready for the thrill of your lifetime, the ultimate challenge, The Pi Trivia Game! 1. Simon Plouffe has recently derived an algorithm for calculating pi in hexadecimal. Remarkably, this formula allows one to calculate the nth decimal of pi without calculating the previous digits. Incidentally, Plouffe was listed in the 1975 Guinness Book of World Records. For which of the following accomplishments was he listed? calculating 3 trillion digits of pi with a Cray supercomputer walking 1002 miles with a jar of pickles balanced on his head reciting 4096 digits of pi from memory baking the world's largest pie, so perfectly round that its circumference divided by its diameter gave pi to an accuracy of over 300 decimal places world chess champion 2. The following are all mnemonics for remembering the first few digits of pi (the number of letters in each word corresponds to a digit of pi). Which of these was written in 1995 by Michael Keith? Sir, I send a rhyme excellingin sacred truth and rigid spelling.Numerical sprites elucidateFor me the lexicon's dull weight. Now I, even I, would celebrateIn rhymes inapt, the greatImmortal Syracusan, rivaled nevermore,Who in his wondrous lore,Passed on before,Left men his guidanceHow to circles mensurate. But a time I spent wandering in bloomy night; Yon tower, tinkling chimewise, loftily opportune. Out, up, and together came sudden to Sunday rite,The one solemnly off to correct plenilune. How I want a drink, alcoholic of course, after the heavy lectures involving quantum mechanics. All of thy geometry, Herr Planck, is fairly hard. Poe, E. -Near A RavenMidnights so dreary, tired and weary,Silently pondering volumes extolling all by-now obsolete lore.During my rather long nap - the weirdest tap!An ominous vibrating sound disturbing my chamber's antedoor."This", I whispered quietly, "I ignore". 3. What professor was dismissed from his position in 1934 for teaching in an "un-German" style after saying (correctly) that pi/2 is the value of x between 1 and 2 for which cos x vanishes? J. Robert Oppenheimer Kip Thorne Scott Adams Elias Bröms Edmund Landau 4. Which of the following binary numbers is closest in value to pi: 11.0010010000111111 101.110101000111100 10.0001101010110100 1.10111011010010011 111.010111101011111 5. Who, in 1706, first gave the Greek letter "pi" its current mathematical definition? Albert Einstein Olle the Greatest William Jones Archimedes Max Planck