Our Story of Press Coverage
At the beginning of June 2012 we submitted our paper to The Mathematical Intelligencer
. We also sent our preprint version to several colleagues, and some of them started tweeting it. A few days later,
Christian Perfect told us that he was going to write a post in The Aperiodical
, a mathematical blog that he
started in 2008. David Bailey and Jon Borwein also wrote a post in their blog Math Drudge.
Some days later a colleague told
us that our project was featured on Wired!
This article by Samuel Arbesman was tweeted by many people. Three days later we noticed that a
good number of tweets were written in Japanese. It turns out that our work was also featured on Wired Japan!
The post reached the first position both in the
ranking of news and in the hottest topic list during several days.
We decided to submit our picture of the walk on 100 billion digits of π to the National Science Foundation
International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge 2012. Our picture was one of the ten
finalists in the Illustration category.
In January 2013 the picture of π appeared on Gizmodo
, in the section “What Is This?” where the readers must
guess what the image is. Several readers guessed it right, probably after seeing the picture before. This made the GigaPan picture
more popular, reaching more than 20,000 views (at the moment, it has been seen more than 50,000 times). The GigaPan administrators decided to write an article about our Success Story
In April 2013 David Bailey and Jon Borwein wrote an article for the Huffington Post
regarding the randomness of the digits of π, and they featured our project. Another colleague informed us
that our work was also featured in the Spiegel Online
An article about the 100-billion-step
walk appeared in both the print and online versions of Wired UK's August 2013 issue
Further coverage was received in The Guardian, on Pi Day, 2014
- The Guardian — Pi Day: pi transformed into incredible art — in pictures (March 14th, 2014)
- Wired UK — Spot a shape and reinvent maths (August, 2013)
- Spiegel — Rätselhafte Kreiszahl: In Pi könnte Goethes "Faust" stecken (April 29th, 2013)
- Huffingtonpost — Are the Digits of Pi Random? (April 6th, 2013)
- GigaPan Success Story (February 14th, 2013)
- Gizmodo — What is this? (January 10th, 2013)
- NSF Visualization Challenge (November, 2013; finalist in the Illustration category)
- Wired Japan — A random walk with pi (June 15th, 2012)
- Math Drudge — New paper on visualizing digits of pi (June 13th, 2012)
- Wired — A random walk with pi (June 12th, 2012)
- The Aperiodical — WLTM real number. Must be normal and enjoy long walks on the plane (June 7th, 2012)