NSA might be listening, but pi had your number before you were born
RENO, Nev., Aug. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Nanojems, a Reno, Nevada company has just engraved the first million digits of pi, 200 times more than other known engravings and a landmark feat for the never-ending constant. "Ok, so this is not just another number," says Jesse Adams, co-founder of the startup that has debuted its new artistic media by engraving the first million digits of pi on sapphire with gold. "The number is amazing, really," says Adams. "When you discover that your phone number, birthday, and full words and documents are already contained somewhere in pi, that's pretty amazing."
Adams says he got the idea for the project from the hit TV show Person of Interest. "There was a scene where character, Harold Finch, inventor of the all-watching 'machine', explains that pi has every number, and then if you translate letters into numbers, every word and every complete written work somewhere in its infinite digits. I thought this was amazing and then to think that you take any line and try to make a circle around it - you need pi times the length of that line to close the circle. You need every digit of pi! You need everything ever created encoded in that number to make one circle. That is beautiful!"
Some share Adams new found respect for pi. One of Nanojems' Kickstarter project (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/nanojems/million-digits-of-pi-pendant) backers, and math teacher, Scott MacDonald, says "I am down in Vegas, and have not been so excited about a Kickstarter before. I'm getting married on pi day 2015: 3/14/15!" Another backer, in New York, Daqwan Koenig, says "..sorry I couldn't give more, I love the idea.." These guys are not alone, pi lovers are already preparing for the once in a lifetime pi day 2015, where at 9:26:53 in the morning the date and time will contain over 10 digits of pi. (https://www.facebook.com/events/328804572620/)
Pi is an irrational number, so its decimal representation never ends and never settles into a repeating pattern. While some computers have gone farther, it is now possible to search the first 2 billion digits of pi digitally online. (http://www.subidiom.com/pi/) Try looking for your birthday or phone number (better odds without area code). Good chance you can find the first location of any day this year in six-digit date format as well.
Nanojems has set out to revolutionize jewelry, fashion and art with a light-scattering marriage of technology and meaning. The "canvas" used for Nanojems patented and patent pending methods of gem and art creation is made in some cases of thin slices of pure sapphire, and in other cases, uniform crystal. The pieces are engraved and can be intricately patterned with gold and platinum as well as other precious metals and films. The final piece is a world within a world and a beautiful marriage of light and technology. The films and materials are chosen such that light used to display the piece can build on or subtract from itself during reflection through the thin surfaces and create beautiful colors plus the visible features are often made of thousands of words or numbers that can be explored with recorded video, live viewing magnifiers and microscopes, or projected with light.