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Looking at weird, misleading and just plain stupid reporting of scienceThu, 30 Jun 2011 08:40:33 +0000
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By: Kieran Martin
https://atomicspin.wordpress.com/2011/06/29/defending-tau/#comment-867
Thu, 30 Jun 2011 08:40:33 +0000http://atomicspin.wordpress.com/?p=1062#comment-867To be fair, in practice any physicist or mathematician who does need to make such calculations with multiples of 2pi could just define tau=2pi and continue. I’d argue that at a secondary school level the area of a circle is used just as much as the circumference, and pi r^2 seems slightly more elegant than tau/2 r^2.
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By: atomicspin
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Wed, 29 Jun 2011 12:10:53 +0000http://atomicspin.wordpress.com/?p=1062#comment-864Yeah, that’s true to an extent, which is why I don’t think tau will ever be more than an interesting oddity, but maths notation changes surprisingly regularly. A differential geometry paper from, say, the 1950s can be virtually unreadable to modern eyes, because they just hadn’t worked out the simplest way of doing the maths at the time.
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By: Mark
https://atomicspin.wordpress.com/2011/06/29/defending-tau/#comment-863
Wed, 29 Jun 2011 11:56:06 +0000http://atomicspin.wordpress.com/?p=1062#comment-863Heres my opinion as someone who hopes to start a maths degree next year. By changing the precedent from pi to tau, you make old textbooks and more importantly, old papers harder to understand for the next generation. The relevance of maths from years ago is one of its strengths and you lessen this by changing the precedent at a later date. You would also have the problem where the uptake of the new notation would not be consistent so people would be using tau and pi which could lead to confusion.
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