Rambutan numbers man Ed delves into national Pi day and ponders how important data really is to us.
Unfortunately, this may not be the kind of Pi that you were hoping for, especially if you’re hungry, but being the numbers man around the Rambu-office, it only felt fitting that I was the one to write about national Pi day, celebrated on 14th March each year. Pi derives from the Greek alphabet and is used in both maths and science, often to find the area of a circle. At the current calculation, the 2,000,000,000,000,000th number has been found, for those wondering, that is two quadrillion digits of Pi, however, as we know that Pi is infinite, this number is likely to increase and will never reflect any sort of pattern. Still awake? If so, I won’t bore you with any more maths-related facts.
Naturally, this made me ponder on the subject of detail. Questions such as: Is there a stage when we have too much detail? Can the amount of detail we have determine how well we complete a task? Today, thanks to the internet, the amount of data and detail we all possess is extortionately large, anything from history details to the sales figures of pens. We can find a huge amount of detail to do with anything in this modern, technological age. The obvious cause of the data boom of recent times is the impressive strides in technology we have made. The detail today’s technology provides us with is phenomenal. However, my question is this: how useful is all this data?
Masses of data can be useful when we are trying to predict where our business will be in five years or where the most cost-effective place to live is. Being a millennial, data is vitally important to everything we do in today’s society and should be collected, analysed and saved to the best of our ability, much like what many researchers into Pi are doing.
There are numerous times when too much data can become confusing, for example, when we are making crucial decisions, can data muddle our thought processes? This is often referred to as ‘information overload’.
The amount of data we seek out is down to personal preference when making decisions in our personal or working lives. However, I think It is safe to say none of us will ever need 2,000,000,000,000,000 digits of Pi!