I’m just going to go ahead and say it: I like maths. I don’t know why, and whenever I tell someone, they look at me like I’m insane. You’re probably thinking the same thing yourself. Maybe even staring at your screen, baffled. Stop staring at your screen! But regardless, I like maths. And one thing I feel quite strongly about is Tau. Now, you’re probably wondering, “What is Tau?”. If you don’t already know, here is a link to an excellent video by Brady Haran, featuring Professor Phil Moriarty, explaining what it is, and why to use it. If, however, watching ten-minute videos on maths is not your thing, suffice it to say that Tau is the ratio of a circle’s radius to its circumference, or 2 Pi. Basically, where Pi = c/d, Tau = r/d. Now, you have probably seen those “Million Digits of Pi” posters, but I couldn’t find any equivalents for Tau. So, I did what anyone would have done. I made my own. I started with the first 100,000 digits, pasted them into Pages, and quickly realised that there was no way I could make all 100,000 fit onto a single page. So, after much painful cutting, pasting, selecting, colouring, and so on, I made this.
Yes, that is a “14,631 digits of Tau” image. 14,631 has no particular meaning, except that it was the most numbers I could fit onto my page. I have never been so proud of something in my life!
If you want one of these too, I want to save you the pain and the neck cramps, so here is the document.
And no, in case you were wondering, the 7 “9’s” highlighted in purple are not a mistake, but rather an interesting phenomenon called the “Feynman Point”. More on that here.
Enjoy, and if you actually make one of these, please tell me in the comment section.