If you’re not applying for Maths, it may have passed you by that the 14th March was the official Pi day! This year, Google had some incredible news to share letting it be known that one of its employees Emma Haruka Iwao significantly increased the known numbers of Pi.
‘Pi’ is a very famous number and its considered irrational because as a number it doesn’t terminate. With the help of the Google’s global computing cloud service and a huge a processing effort, Emma has now established 31,415,926,535,897 digits of Pi. It’s claimed that it would take someone 332,064 years to make it to the last digit!
The amount of processing power required came to approximately 170 terabytes which is around the same size as the entire internet in back in the early 2000s. Emma had always been interested in ‘π’ since a child, so the achievement is not only an incredible professional achievement but also a personal one.
Applicants going for mathematics or computer science would be wise to look more into the technicality of how Emma was able to so rapidly expand the known number of digits in ‘π’.
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