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Tuesday, April 17

Top ten reasons why e is inferior to pi

  • e is less challenging to spell than pi.
  • e ~=2.718281828459045, which can be easily memorised to its billionth place, whereas pi needs "skills" to be memorised.
  • The character for e is so cheap that it can be found on a keyboard. But π is special (it's under "special symbols" in word processor programs.)
  • Pi is the bigger piece of pie.
  • e has an easy limit definition and infinite series. The limit definition of pi and the infinite series are much harder.
  • It is easy to understand what e is, even though you start learning it only in pre-calculus. But pi, even after five or six years it is still hard to know what it really is.
  • People mistakenly confuse Euler's Number (e) with Euler's Constant (gamma). There is no confusion with the one and only π.
  • e is named after a person, but pi stands for itself.
  • Pi is much shorter and easier to say than "Euler's Number".
  • To read pi, you don't have to know that Euler's name is really pronounced Oiler.

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