Introduction: Appreciating Pi (not the Edible Variety)

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Those who fear rows and rows of numbers, I recommend you to leave. Those who wonder what pi is so fascinating about, I recommend you to join me on this epic journey through pi.

EDIT: After having left this to rot for a few years, I have decided to correct some glaring typos. :D

Step 1: Grab Your Slice of Pi (and Please Don't Eat It 'till We're Done)

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Now to get some pi to appreciate. There are a lot of websites offering up to 2 million digits of pi. Don't worry, as we are not going that deep. We are stopping at the 100th digit or so.

Here is a website you can go to get pi :

Here is a site to search pi digits :

Here are the 1st hundred decimal digits:


apparently of which (some) I have memorized. In the recent years after not actively revising I have forgotten some off the far end.

Step 2: Getting Started...

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Here are the first 20 digits. Don't they look pretty?


I got a little too carried away and had to remove an extra 8 digits.

Step 3: Warmed Up?

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I actually forgot a little something :

pi digits 15 to 25

32384626433 (look at the 1st picture)

Ok, lets carry on...

pi digits 21 to 30

2643383279 (2nd pic)

Step 4: Getting Hungry for More?

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the next 20:


I decided to show more at one go because there are some patterns spread out here.

Step 5: Feel a Little Twitchy?

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pi digits 51-70


Is your stomach growling for more?

Step 6: You Are Quite Done...

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The last 30 :


Whoa! What a big bite!

Step 7: Reflections

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What were those for? For fun. Don't take them too seriously. Enjoy life. Takeaway a pi-zza (haha). Sit and eat. Forget all these. You will find it difficult at first.

Then come back to this instructable and repeat. Hopefully this has made your day.

Returning a few years later to look at your own Instructable is always fun :D


itsmanofpopsicle (author)2011-12-24

Just saying, pi is kinda incorrect. It's half of the real constant, 2pi, or tau. Look at and see a whole manifesto on it.

Sorry for being such a party pooper. Pi is still cool, but not cool enough.

tdawber-mandeno (author)2011-09-06

The string 12345678 occurs at position 186,557,266 counting from the first digit after the decimal point. The 3. is not counted.

The string and surrounding digits:

72269200957811705289 12345678 05029135885957638876

frodobot (author)2010-01-15

Its a Palindrome not a Pandrilome :)

pudgytaco (author)frodobot2011-03-28

thats wat he said palindrome

pudgytaco (author)2011-03-16

pi tastes good

crocboy (author)2010-03-22

Like my profile picture?   (the rating is 3.14 thats funny!)

kidNeutrino (author)2010-03-14

just wishing you a happy π Day

toothlesskiller (author)2009-05-13

Is it coincidence that the rating is 3.14? LOL!

I'm not going to rate it simply so it can stay that way!


That is hilarious!


rimes (author)2010-03-11

Hey, Pi is Einstein's Birthday too... Spooky huh?
Happens to be mine too... :-)
I know what I wan't my cake to look like now... Thanks!

nutsandbolts_64 (author)rimes2010-03-12

 dude, that's my sister's b-day

Shredder543 (author)2010-03-11

I love pi =D

blahblah86 (author)2010-01-28

memorized pi to 61 decimal plaaces in pre-algebra one day.  i was *really* bored, but i still remember the digits!  the pi song helped.  it's on or something.

Kaiven (author)2007-11-11

this is all i know: 3.14159265358979323846323846264332643383279502884197169399375105820974944592307816406286208998. my momwill give me ten dollars if i remember all one hundred

zascecs (author)Kaiven2009-04-10

I only memorized 3.1415926535897 far

Kaiven (author)zascecs2009-04-13

hehehe... Still have a ways to go xD 3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937510582097494459230781640862089986280348253421170679. The other comment si posted are wrong. Lol.

ditto500 (author)Kaiven2009-11-16

i got

Kaiven (author)Kaiven2009-03-19

Now I know 3.14159265358979323846264338327950 OMG! I CAN'T RECITE WITH 8TH GRADERS SINGING! :O I will do this later....

ironman53 (author)2009-05-01

doh ! i thought it was: 3.14159265441 ! i was wrong so ill start again :) when im on the throne ;)

itsmanofpopsicle (author)2008-06-04


yourcat (author)itsmanofpopsicle2009-03-10


acm321 (author)yourcat2009-03-13


yourcat (author)acm3212009-03-15

WHO CARES?!?!?!?!?!?!?

On the other hand, could this get any more pointless?

zascecs (author)yourcat2009-04-10

I do!!!!

lol, jk

itsmanofpopsicle (author)yourcat2009-03-19



but in all seriousness... this is a pretty pointless conversation...

acm321 (author)red-king2009-03-27


AdrianRobert (author)2009-03-12

Glad to see another pi-head. I memorized PI to 100 decimals in 1976 but never went any further. It's enough to count myself as a pi-head. Adrian

i got it to 37, and i thot *I* knew a lot...

i absolutely commend you dude

Swishercutter (author)2009-03-10

"8164" 8 squared is 64 and 16x4=64

good observation in 6th grade i memorized the most digits of pi in my grade and won a banana cream pie i memorized 75 or something im in 8th grade now and i still remember 45 digits

yourcat (author)2009-03-10

I've memorized the Fibonacci series through 1597: 1 1 2 3 5 8 13 21 34 55 89 144 233 377 610 987 1597 and powers of two through 262,144: 1 2 4 8 16 32 64 128 256 512 1,024 2,048 4,096 8,192 16,384 32,768 65,536 131,072 262,144

trialex (author)2006-12-23

It always amazed me that the theoretical lift that is generated by a flat plate at any angle alpha is

L = 2*pi*alpha

Why 2*pi? where did that come from?

CameronSS (author)trialex2007-10-31

I'm curious--what is the lift measured in? And is there an equally simple formula for the induced drag of said plate?

whatsisface (author)CameronSS2008-07-12

Newtons I think, it's just an upward force.

trialex (author)whatsisface2008-07-13

No, it's a co-efficient, it's non-dimensional

samv (author)trialex2006-12-23

I'm not really sure what formula you refer to, but your calculating the surface between alpha and zero. 2*Pi (in radians) is actually 360°, so one circle. When you take a circle with radius 1, you measure the arc of 180° degrees, which is 3.1415...

trialex (author)samv2006-12-23

Sorry I was being rhetorical... In aeronautics the first thing that you calculate the lift of is a flat plate, and the coefficient of lift genereated by a flat plate at an angle theta in radians is 2*pi*theta I just always found it amazing that pi works in all these different ways

randName (author)2006-12-24

I didn't expect such an overwhelming response.

I may do e or phi soon...I may even try i (haha).

I chose pi because I have memorised 110+ digits of it.

curious question: how old are you? it takes a really good memory to do that

Currently 14. The 100 digits was done at around 12.

ojochris (author)randName2008-04-28

isn't phi like 1.58 or something?

ojochris (author)ojochris2008-04-28

P.S. I won a memory contest with pi... 3.1415926535897932384626433832795028841971693993751058209749445923078164062862089986280348253421170679

zachninme (author)randName2006-12-24

phi = square root of 5 - 0.5 :-)

Do e, its the only one that you can't do on a basic scientific calculator :-)

PurplePeople (author)zachninme2006-12-27

I was under the impression that you press: 1, INV, Ln

Ethelon (author)2008-03-25

o cool, we just had pi day a few days ago, umm i wasnt plannign on entering the contest, but i did a few, just by listening to a bunch of people saying em, so here goes 3.14159265358979323846264338 i think i had a lil more but i guess i forgot pi PIE/PI FTW!

binnie (author)2007-02-04

Are you like one of those freaks that can actually remeber past 3.14159?

Kaiven (author)binnie2007-11-11

i'm not a freak, nut i know this far: 3.14159265358979323846323846264332643383279502884197169399375105820974944592307816406286208998. not sure how many digiits it is though

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