Japanese mathematician breaks pi world record. By turning her piece of paper on its side.

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Japanese mathematician breaks pi world record. By turning her piece of paper on its side

The value of the number pi has been calculated to a new world record length of 31 trillion digits, far past the previous record of 22 trillion.

Thanks to a mathematician with the clever idea of turning her sheet of paper from portrait to landscape.

Emma Haruka Iwao from Japan has been a Google employee for three years.

But she took time out of monitoring ordinary people’s use of the internet, to write loads and loads of extra digits, which we all just have to assume are right because nobody else has time in their life to check it.

The first digits of pi, 3.14, are well known, but the number is infinitely long, and extending the known sequence is very difficult

because you invariably run out of paper.

Ms Iwao, who has been fascinated by maths since she was a child said that she is ‘very surprised’

that anybody cares. She said the idea came to her by chance. ‘Maths is all about rules. And we all know you can’t break rules.’ She told reporters. ‘But, and I can’t believe I’m confessing this, I’d had half a bag of Haribo that day and I just thought sod it, let’s try the paper the other way round.’

The pursuit of longer versions of pi has been a pastime among mathematicians for years.

So far the only known cure is to be introduced to sex, drugs, or rock ‘n’ roll. Although beer, football, and Nandos have shown evidence of recovery in a small number of cases.

Google announced the news in a blog on Pi Day (14th March).

Dave from Bridgend, who spent 2 days, and a whole months wages, travelling to California, said that he was ‘pissed off’ as he’d at least expected a Fray Bentos for his troubles.

He now plans to sue the Dyslexia Association of Wales for the cost of his trip.

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