Google does Business with Pi

Man mag von Google halten, was man will, aber es sind Geeks vor dem Herrn. Auf der Auktion für ein paar Nortal-Patente haben sie mit mathematischen Konstanten, unter anderem mit Pi und der Entfernung der Erde zur Sonne geboten. Von Reuters:

At the auction for Nortel Networks’ wireless patents this week, Google’s bids were mystifying, such as $1,902,160,540 and $2,614,972,128. Math whizzes might recognize these numbers as Brun’s constant and Meissel-Mertens constant, but it puzzled many of the people involved in the auction, according to three people with direct knowledge of the situation on Friday. […]

“It became clear that they were bidding with the distance between the earth and the sun. One was the sum of a famous mathematical constant, and then when it got to $3 billion, they bid pi,” the source said, adding the bid was $3.14159 billion.

“Either they were supremely confident or they were bored.”

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