Pop Culture Pi

  • In the Star Trek episode, “Wolf in the Fold,” the ships computer is taken over by an evil entity named Redjac. Spock thwarts Redjac, by commanding the computer to “compute to last digit the value of pi”.
  • In Carl Sagan’s novel Contact, scientists compute pi to a record number of decimal places and find a pattern in its digits believed to be a message from the creators of the human race.
  • During the O.J. Simpson trial, FBI agent, Robert Martz, misstated the value of pi, undermining his value as a witness.
  • In Darren Aronofsky’s 1998 psychological thriller Pi, the main character is driven mad by his attempt to find a number that will unlock the patterns in nature.
  • In an episode of The Simpsons, Professor Frink gets the attention of a group of scientists by shouting Pi is exactly 3!”.

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