## 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. Who, in 1882, proved the transcendence of pi? Werner Heisenberg Mark Dettinger Richard Feynman Abraham Lincoln Ferdinand Lindemann 2. The new world record for computation of the most digits of pi was achieved in September/October 1995 by Yasumasa Kanada at the University of Tokyo. It took 116 hours for how many digits to be computed? 72,373,112,000 903,728,000 31,415,926,535 6,442,450,000 1,000,000,000 3. What is the volume of a sphere (3-dimensional, not a hypersphere) [r = radius]? 6(pi*r)^3 (4/3)(pi)(r^3) ([2/3]*pi*r)^3 2*pi*r 4*pi*(r^2) 4. If you were writing a computer program with the intention of breaking the world record for calculating the most digits of pi, why would it be foolish for you to use the well-known formula pi/4 = 1 - 1/3 + 1/5 - 1/7 + ...? it gives incorrect digits after the 875th decimal has been reached it converges terribly slowly it is more fun to use the Monte Carlo method computers aren't good at doing such repetitive tasks as calculating series iterations it would be too hard to implement this formula in any programming language 5. 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".