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Is crop circle pi from the sky or just another con? - Scotsman.com News

WHEN it comes to crop circles, a simple pattern is usually enough to grab attention.
But an elaborate design, which appeared in a barley field overnight, has even stunned scientists after it emerged it depicts the mathematical formula pi.

Lucy Pringle, who has spent decades researching crop circles, said that although she thought some were man-made, she found it hard to believe such an intricate crop circle could have been created by humans.

She added: "You can do it on a computer, but you try putting that in a field in the middle of the night and achieving that degree of mathematical accuracy."

Her theory is that the designs are created by a spiralling electromagnetic force that hits the ground for a nanosecond.

Stewart Dobson, a local councillor, said: "It's either a very educated person who has done it or a very educated alien."

"It's hard to believe somebody managed to work (the design] out so it shows pi so accurately."

Cor lummy, scientists baffled! Someone managed to work out pi to ten places, how did they do that by scratching sticks and counting stones? Far too clever for mere humans, next they will be claiming they can fly!


It's either a very educated person who has done it or a very bored alien.


It took me five minutes to write a function in Mathematica that would generate the spiral pattern for any number to any number of places of decimals. You could just set up a series of posts at 36° intervals a few metres out from the centre. Dividing a circle into tenths is fairly easy. You first construct a pentagon and then bisect each angle. All this takes is a centre post and a length of rope. The planning for this stunt would be elaborate, and its execution tricky, but very far from impossible.

So driving a car affects global temperature more than the Sun, but humans are incapable of trodding down some greens?

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