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The infinite life of pi - Reynaldo Lopes

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The ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter is always the same: 3.14159... and on and on (literally!) forever. This irrational number, pi, has an infinite number of digits, so we'll never figure out its exact value no matter how close we seem to get. Reynaldo Lopes explains pi's vast applications to the study of music, financial models, and even the density of the universe.

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  • Director Igor Coric
  • Educator Reynaldo Lopes
  • Narrator Addison Anderson

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  • Narrator Addison Anderson

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