Author: Meghan Wiemer and Jack Waters

Slice of 3.14159265

UVU Review visited the Math Lab, asking a few tutors on the spot to name as many numerals in pi as they could. Here are the results, with a joke and a fact. Luc Earl: 3.14159 Alissa Boyer: 3.14159(1) Joe Pearson: 3.141(7) Pi says, “get real” I say, “be rational.” Lindsey Cracroft: 3.14159[65(2)] “The Egyptians thought pi was 3.16” Have no fear; even the math tutors were stumped when it came to pi. They were very gracious in this, the single most scientific experiment ever conducted. So what exactly is pi? Well, to put it simply, pi is “a transcendental number, approximately 3.14159, represented by the symbol, that expresses the ratio of the circumference to the diameter of a circle and appears as a constant in many mathematical expressions.” Uh… It has been awhile since I have taken math and, frankly, I don’t want to think about pi too much because my limited brain might explode. Instead, here are some interesting facts about pi that you may or may not understand: *The Egyptians and the Babylonians are the first cultures that discovered pi about 4,000 years ago. *Pi is an irrational number. That means that it cannot be written as the ratio of two integer numbers. Pi takes an infinite number of digits to give its exact value, i.e. you can never get to the end of it. *Since...

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A documentary on the dirty works of clean flicks Those who have been in Utah valley for the past decade or so have heard in one way or another about edited movies. Often called “clean” or “moral” movies, they are meant to take the place of the alleged filth distributed by the Hollywood elite. Two local filmmakers decided to start filming the heyday that developed after filmmakers sued the companies that edited their films, and ended up with some impressive footage showcasing the rise and fall of the edited movie empire. A full-length documentary entitled “Cleanflix” was the result. UVU Review interviewed the filmmakers as they prepare to show their film at the acclaimed Toronto Film Festival. How did you get your start in film? Andrew: I have actually been making movies since I was a little kid. When I was thirteen I made a remake of “The Empire Strikes Back” in my basement. We made all of these sets, had miniatures and made costumes like it was a huge production. Throughout high school I made some other stupid little movies. I went to BYU and I was planning on going to law school, but then I realized that wasn’t the right thing to do, so I said “Screw it, I’m making movies.” I made a couple of short films prior to Cleanflix and I shot another film called...

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