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Re: Constants you cannot help but remember

by Old_Gray_Bear (Bishop)
on Jun 08, 2004 at 15:43 UTC ( #362399=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Constants you cannot help but remember

Here's what popped out while I was waiting for the tea to brew:

  • 1440 -- number of minutes in 24 hours
  • 65536 -- 2^16
  • 256 -- 2^8
  • 1024 -- 2^10
  • 1.41459(?) It's been a while since I needed to do geometrical transformations.
  • 360 degrees = 2pi rad
  • Not exactly a numberic constant, but the size of the standard 80 column Holerith Card is the same size of a dollar bill at the turn of the 19th century.
If I dredged a bit, I might be able to come up with some of the interest rate conversion factors I was using when I worked for a bank back in the 80's. But I'd rather not. It's amazing the amount of 'trivia' you remember that is actually important in context. Thank you for something to keep me amused during my Staff 'Meeting' (which starts in 10 minutes.

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I Go Back to Sleep, Now.

OGB


Comment on Re: Constants you cannot help but remember
Re^2: Constants you cannot help but remember
by Anonymous Monk on Jun 10, 2004 at 23:19 UTC
    1.41459(?) It's been a while since I needed to do geometrical transformations.

    Are you thinking of 1/Sin(45) = Sqrt(2) = 1.41421?
Re^2: Constants you cannot help but remember
by bunnyman (Hermit) on Jun 11, 2004 at 18:52 UTC
    1.41459(?) It's been a while since I needed to do geometrical transformations.

    It seems you have combined

    • sqrt(2) = 1.41421
    • Pi = 3.14159
    two numbers together, to form a new one!

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