Friday, May 09, 2014

The Cosmic Buffon Needle

It's Friday Afternoon, it's Hamming's time.

Recently, I came across a public cloud chamber detector in Paris and that got me thinking (some of these particles include muons [1-5]), what if they were to draw lines on the top glass of the detector, a camera that would do a little bit of what we did with Cable a while ago, and try to approximate Pi ? what about pushing the design further and visually showing people what the Johnson-Lindenstrauss lemma entails [6].
The video is strangely hypnotic.

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