Re: "goals" for slink: FHS
On Tue, Aug 11, 1998 at 05:07:13PM -0500, Manoj Srivastava wrote:
> >>"Brian" == Brian White <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> Brian> Opinions are never incorrect. That's why they are "opinions".
> On the contrary, opinions are frequently wrong. People in two
> states in the US were convinced in the last cventury that Pi was
> exactly 3.14, and nearly passd laws to the effect. They were wrong.
> However, your opinion is your own, and only you can modify
> it (it makes your opinions no less wrong in the meanwhile).
So if I say the sum of the angles in a triangle is bigger than Pi, I'm
wrong? Maybe you're just using the wrong geometry, try the sphere geometry
And if I say that Pi is half the perimeter of the circle with the radian
one, and I say half the perimeter is 2, am I wrong? Maybe you're just using
the wrong metric. Try the maximum metric instead.
I know the (or a different?) proposal for the law. There are actually
five values for Pi following from that: 10/7, 9.24, 3.236, 3.232, 1.429 and 3.2.
They tried to gave an algorithm to square the circle in the euclidian
metric. Althugh the proof is completely bogus, I could still provide you
with metrics where pi has any of the above values. Just there reasoning was
I think that is so far off topic now, that it doesn't matter at all which
value Pi really has...
(BTW: 40 percent of german people believe that the sun is moving around the
earth. Since Einstein, you can't really say they are wrong: They just
choose different coordinates).
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