9 Numbers That Are Cooler Than Pi


1. We love numbers

It’s March 14, and that means only one thing … it’s Pi Day and time to celebrate the world’s most famous irrational number, pi. The ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, pi is not just irrational, meaning it can’t be written as a simple fraction; it is also transcendental, meaning it’s not the root, or solution, to any polynomial equation, such as x+2X^2+3 = 0.But no so fast … pi may be one of the most well-known numbers, but for people who are paid to think about numbers all day long, the circle constant can be a bit of a bore. In fact, countless numbers are potentially even cooler than pi. We asked several mathematicians what their favorite post-pi numbers are; here are some of their answers.

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