A week ago, it was 22 July: Pi Approximation Day. 22/7 (22 July in DD/M format) is very close to pi, closer in fact than 14 March's approximation of 3.14 (M.DD).
During this year's Pi Approximation Day, I was wondering if there are other days that give good approximations of interesting numbers. In particular, I wondered if there is a good 2π (or τ) approximation day.
π is close to 22/7, so 2π is close to 44/7—but sadly there is no 44th July. The best approximation day for 2π is 25th April, but 25/4 (6.25) isn't really close to 2π (6.283185...) at all. The day after Pi Approximation Day, however, is a good approximation of 2π-3 (as π-3 is approximately 1/7). After noticing this, I realised that the next day would be a good approximation of 3π-6, giving a nice run of days in July that closely approximate expressions involving pi.
After I tweeted about these three, Peter Rowlett suggested that I could get a Twitter bot to do the work for me. So I made one: @HappyApproxDay.
@HappyApproxDay is currently looking for days that approximate expressions involving π, τ, e, √2 and √3, and approximate the chosen expression better than any other day of the year. There are an awful lot of ways to combine these numbers, so @HappyApproxDay looks like it might be tweeting quite a lot...
A surprising fact about quadrilaterals
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