I highly recommend Petr Beckmann's book A History of pi, which tells the story with a bit more context.
, obviously, were utterly oblivious
to the mathematics
involved. The preamble
pretty much states why the bill passed the Indiana House (67-0): to have the rights to publish this "truth" in school textbooks without having to pay a royalty.
It's amazing what idiocy people will stoop to if they think they're getting a good deal on it.
, visiting Indianapolis
from Purdue University
to lobby for the University's budget, just happened to walk into the Indiana House
during the debate of this bill, where his objections were pooh-poohed.
However, Professor Waldo was able to get the Senate to remove the bill from its agenda before voting on it, and it has never been put back on.