Google Employee Smashes World Record for Calculating Pi

Google Employee Smashes World Record for Calculating Pi

A Google employee has broken the world record for calculating pi just in time for the mind-bogglingly long number's special day.

March 14 is celebrated as Pi day or 3.14 which are the first three digits of Pi.

If any of your seventh-grade math has flashed back by now, pi is an irrational number that continues infinitely without repetition, which has made it a fascinating subject for math lovers pretty much since the day of its discovery.

With the help of Google Compute Engine, she calculated pi up to a whopping 31,415,926,535,897 digits.

"It was my childhood dream, a longtime dream, to break the world record for pi", Iwao told CNN Business.

Cloud computing services store and manage customers' software and data online. The interesting thing about Pi is that it's value is infinite in length.

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In the end, Emma's calculation took the virtual machines about 121 days to complete. "If you were paying attention in grade school, you'll remember pi is the number that describes how the circumference of a circle relates to its diameter (how wide a circle is if you draw a line straight across the middle)", writes Brian Resnick.

But, she says, it'll come in handy for anyone studying the features of pi to better understand the number through statistical analysis.

Her milestone was certified by Guinness World Records on Wednesday, making her the third woman to set a world record for calculating the number.

'When I was a kid, I didn't have access to supercomputers But even if you don't work for Google, you can apply for various scholarships and programs to access computing resources.

Pi is regularly used by physicists, engineers and space explorers.

"Pi is useful not only for measuring circles but it also appears in calculations for everything from the period of a pendulum to the buckling force of a beam", said mathematician Matt Parker. Earlier, Pi was calculated to 22 trillion points.

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