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No, the silliest way to calculate pi is by dropping matches on a striped floor. If the width of the stripes is that same as the length of the matches then the probalility of a match landing entirely in one stripe (rather than crossing the line between two stripes) is related to pi, but I can't remember the relationship. Come to think of it, it might have been a tiled floor.

... Come to think of it, it might have been a tiled floor.

The easiest way to calculate pi, is to look at the cooking instructions on the back.

Quote from: Bored chemist on 05/07/2009 13:31:34... Come to think of it, it might have been a tiled floor.You were right first time: it's stripes ... ...sorry, you cannot view external links. To see them, please REGISTER or LOGIN

"Mario Lazzarini, an Italian mathematician, performed the Buffon's needle experiment in 1901. Tossing a needle 3408 times, he attained the well-known estimate 355/113 for π".

Quote from: Don_1 on 06/07/2009 10:35:40The easiest way to calculate pi, is to look at the cooking instructions on the back.I think that would be 2pi, if it's a circular pie. Just to add confusion.

You mean Pi^{2}?