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'Tau day' marked by opponents of maths constant pi
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"When I say pi is wrong, it doesn't have any flaws in its definition - it is what you think it is, a ratio of circumference to diameter. But circles are not about diameters, they're about radii; circles are the set of all the points a given distance - a radius - from the centre," Dr Hartl explained to BBC News.

"It's surprising people haven't changed before. Almost anything you can do in maths with pi you can do with tau anyway, but when it comes to using pi versus tau, tau wins - it's much more natural."

Dr Hartl is passionate about the effort, but even he is surprised by the fervent nature of some tau adherents.

"What's amazing is the 'conversion experience': people find themselves almost violently angry at pi. They feel like they've been lied to their whole lives, so it's amazing how many people express their displeasure with pi in the strongest possible terms - often involving profanity.

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  -'Tau day' marked by opponents of maths constant pi JI7  Jun-29-11 02:21 AM   #0 
  - Nope, Pi is better - even if only because of Euler's Identity...  PoliticAverse   Jun-29-11 02:29 AM   #1 
  - A circle is the meeting of/transistion/space between the organic to the geometric  Hissyspit   Jun-29-11 03:33 AM   #2 
  - But the tau enthusiasts would say  Lucky Luciano   Jun-29-11 06:18 AM   #8 
  - Damn...  Syntheto   Jun-29-11 04:13 AM   #3 
  - Yes, but have you memorized the name of...  Ferretherder   Jun-29-11 04:24 AM   #4 
  - Yeah, well I memorized all fifty states in alphabetical order, and what did that get me?  truthisfreedom   Jun-29-11 05:02 AM   #5 
     - I toyed with the idea of memorizing all the area codes. That would have been more useful. n/t  Ian David   Jun-29-11 07:38 AM   #10 
  - Then you might want to test yourself by memorizing the full name of  grantcart   Jun-29-11 09:22 AM   #21 
  - Meh, 2 pi is the same thing. nt  Kokonoe   Jun-29-11 05:06 AM   #6 
  - 2 pi or not 2 pi--  Jackpine Radical   Jun-29-11 07:39 AM   #11 
     - Mmmmm two pies...nt  Javaman   Jun-29-11 07:59 AM   #15 
  - "Tau Day" stands no chance of helping their quixotic quest  caraher   Jun-29-11 06:16 AM   #7 
  - These people are in dire need of a Life... n/t  BiggJawn   Jun-29-11 06:48 AM   #9 
  - Darn, I missed it.  surrealAmerican   Jun-29-11 07:40 AM   #12 
  - This is so very liberating! Here are some other math verities what piss me off ...  the_chinuk   Jun-29-11 07:50 AM   #13 
  - I hate prime numbers so much! nt  Javaman   Jun-29-11 08:00 AM   #16 
  - ROFLMAO You made my day.  snagglepuss   Jun-29-11 01:47 PM   #25 
  - Stop being so irrational.  Dr. Strange   Jun-29-11 02:18 PM   #27 
  - wrong place  U4ikLefty   Jun-30-11 12:47 AM   #38 
  - Oddly enough, switching from pi to tau changes vacuum permittivity  Recursion   Jun-29-11 07:50 AM   #14 
  - 2 + 2 = 5  Roland99   Jun-29-11 08:10 AM   #17 
  - It's Adam and Pi, not Adam and Tau.  mahatmakanejeeves   Jun-29-11 08:41 AM   #18 
  - LOL!  yardwork   Jun-29-11 09:30 PM   #34 
  - Hehe, so in an entirely atheist world this is what people would be killing each other over  WatsonT   Jun-29-11 09:07 AM   #19 
  - You are an optimist.  JackRiddler   Jun-29-11 03:38 PM   #32 
  - If the world were really going down the shitter  tularetom   Jun-29-11 09:08 AM   #20 
  - Which meaning of tau are these folks referring to?  Sinistrous   Jun-29-11 10:49 AM   #22 
  - I think we should just define all those things to be equal to 6 by law  struggle4progress   Jun-29-11 10:55 AM   #23 
     - "Pi is exactly three!"  NoGOPZone   Jun-29-11 02:32 PM   #30 
  - June 28th for 6.28, right?  Hosnon   Jun-29-11 11:00 AM   #24 
  - Oh, wow, the tau movement starts to splinter  Jim Lane   Jun-29-11 01:56 PM   #26 
     - July 9th at 6:41:23 p.m.  Hosnon   Jun-29-11 02:29 PM   #29 
        - Oh, cool, it's on a Saturday this year.  Jim Lane   Jun-29-11 05:13 PM   #33 
  - Jeez you guys are such dorks!  redwitch   Jun-29-11 02:25 PM   #28 
  - This is like a passionate debate over whether 4 equals 2x2 or 4x1.  JackRiddler   Jun-29-11 03:34 PM   #31 
  - Hey! noisy outrage is what we do best here in the innertubes!  struggle4progress   Jun-29-11 10:50 PM   #35 
  - Are all mathematicians on crack, or just some of them?  jmowreader   Jun-29-11 10:58 PM   #36 
  - :3 :3 :3 :3 :3 :3 :3 :3:3 :3 :3 :3:3 :3 :3 :3:3 :3 :3 :3:3 :3 :3 :3:3 :3 :3 :3  sudopod   Jun-29-11 11:14 PM   #37 
  - I know some folks that aren't getting laid.  U4ikLefty   Jun-30-11 12:50 AM   #39 

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