Re: Reduced Paper Ballot -- RPB

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Tue Jun 22 2004 - 11:05:05 CDT

> This definition reminds me of a story I read some time ago about how
> some state legislature, uncomfortable with the irrational value of pi,
> seriously entertained legislation to force math teachers to to adopt a
> rational value.

 From
http://www-gap.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/HistTopics/
Pi_through_the_ages.html
> In the State of Indiana in 1897 the House of Representatives
> unanimously passed a Bill introducing a new mathematical truth.
>
>> Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana: It has
>> been found that a circular area is to the square on a line equal to
>> the quadrant of the circumference, as the area of an equilateral
>> rectangle is to the square of one side. (Section I, House Bill No.
>> 246, 1897)
>
> The Senate of Indiana showed a little more sense and postponed
> indefinitely the adoption of the Act!

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