# Is there a code in Pi?

almost everyone has heard of the Bible code. what about the pi code?
[PLAIN said:
http://www.maa.org/mathland/mathtrek_4_1_00.html]Following[/PLAIN] [Broken] the lead of prominent logologician Mike Keith of Salem, Ore., O'Leary converted the higher decimal digits of pi from base 10 to base 26. He then identified the 26 different base-26 digits with letters of the English alphabet: 0 = A, 1 = B, 2 = C,. . ., 25 = Z.

Here are the first 100 digits of pi expressed in this way:

D.DRSQLOLYRTRODNLHNQTGKUDQGTUIRXNEQBCKBSZIVQQVGDMELMUE
XROIQIYALVUZVEBMIJPQQXLKPLRNCFWJPBYMGGOHJMMQISMS. . . .

In effect, "pi in base 26 emulates the mythical army of typing monkeys spewing out random letters," Keith says. "This implies that any text, no matter how long, should eventually appear in the base-26 digits of pi...

O'Leary discovered that the higher digits of pi are a rich repository of vital information. Interpreted in the right way, cryptic sentences, phrases, and words can be strung together and used to predict the future."

predicting the future with the Pi code!

infinite digits means all possible combinations, right?

if you get bored one day, you can predict the future.

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Homework Helper
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great find :grumpy:
How did you find that link?

hypatia
wow I found one..well I should say my typeing monkey did
the first letter D
24th letter U
49th letter M
35th letter B

hypatia
ok I half to say I'm sorry, my young employee is NOT, i repeat NOT a monkey.

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You may be interested in Jorge Luis Borges' Library of Babel. Daniel Dennet takes the idea elsewhere in Darwin's Dangerous Idea. I always found it interesting.

motai
He then identified the 26 different base-26 digits with letters of the English alphabet: 0 = A, 1 = B, 2 = C,. . ., 25 = Z.

Here are the first 100 digits of pi expressed in this way:

D.DRSQLOLYRTRODNLHNQTGKUDQGTUIRXNEQBCKBSZIVQQVGDME LMUE
XROIQIYALVUZVEBMIJPQQXLKPLRNCFWJPBYMGGOHJMMQISMS. . . .

Shouldn't it start out...

D.BEBFBJ...

If D=3, B=1, E=4, F=5, etc? Or did I approach it incorrectly? It obviously isn't 3.3...

Staff Emeritus
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Have you converted the decimal expansion to one in base 26 ?

motai
Gokul43201 said:
Have you converted the decimal expansion to one in base 26 ?

Ah, that's where they got it.. I somehow skipped the "Here are the first 100 digits of pi expressed in this way" when I first read through it *smacks head*

gotcha.

edit: Base 26 or no, still just letters to me.