Sunday, May 3, 2009

Baffling Crop Circle Equal Pi

Is crop circle pi from the sky or just another con? This crop circle, reported June 1, 2008, may cause more controversy in the debate whether crop circles are a result of extraterrestrial activity.

An aerial view of the pi crop circle near Wroughton, Wiltshire, England

When it comes to crop circles, a simple pattern is usually enough to grab attention. But this one has had crop circle enthusiasts and experts stumped.

Carved out in a barley paddock, this 50 metre-wide pattern is said to be a pictorial representation of the first 10 digits of pi, one of the most fundamental symbols in mathematics.

Believers in extra-terrestrials could argue it was made by mathematically minded aliens on a field trip to Earth. Sceptics will think it the work of humans with a fondness for figures and a penchant for puzzles.

But whatever its origins, the experts say it is the most complex crop circle ever seen in Britain.


"The fact that the Pi decimal point is included (in the 2008 Barbury Castle barley pattern) and there is rounding up to 10 decimal places is to me a little mind boggling!" – Michael Reed, Astrophysicist.


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Is crop circle pi from the sky or just another con? by The Scotsman.
Mr Reed said: "The fact the pi decimal point is included and there is rounding up to ten decimal places is mind-boggling". Lucy Pringle, who has spent decades researching crop circles, said that although she thought some were man-made, she found it hard to believe such an intricate crop circle could have been created by humans. She added: "You can do it on a computer, but you try putting that in a field in the middle of the night and achieving that degree of mathematical accuracy."

Crop circle easy as pi by Daily Mail.
Although it appears complicated at first glance, the puzzle does make perfect sense if approached logically and taken step by step.
The coded image depicts 3.141592654, the first ten digits of Pi. How is it done?

Some dedicated Google Maps revealed the grid coordinates to be 51.488258 degrees north, 1.771964 west, but unfortunately the crop circle doesn't show up online yet.


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