This story relates to the dilemma our society faces with every new technology. With gene editing, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, science's unending possibilities also carry also carries cautionary tales.
Pi is one of those constants in the mathematical world. And because of that, it often appears in nature, particularly any that involves curves and spirals. But it would be too easy to derive pi from those very things - they are ordered, unchanging, predictable.
But what if pi can be derived from a series of improbable, unpredictable actions?
Nuclear chemistry is a field that straddles both physics and chemistry. This holds no surprise as chemistry is, in a way, a subset of applied physics. Therefore things that are usually linked to physics (radiation, and subatomic particles) can and will affect things we interact with in our lives - thing that are ultimately chemicals.
Just don't press your luck on becoming the Incredible Hulk.
Isn't it strange that there is a group of air-breathing mammals that lives in an environment that may result in them suffocating? Other than humans in space, the only other creatures that chose to leave their comfort zones are cetaceans (whales and porpoises).
The explanation for humans is simple: adventure and/or stupidity. But what about whales?
In our daily lives, there are two things that we can tell: random event, and those due to cause and effect. However some supposedly random things are simply organized in such a way that we can't help by recognising a cause to their non-coincidental effect.
We see it in nature (the Golden Ratio), and constructs by humans (the movement of share prices). But what about in pure numbers? Especially the most mysterious kind: prime numbers.
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