The Indiana Bill That Almost Changed the Value of pi

Squaring the circle was proven an impossible challenge in 1882 by German mathematician Ferdinand von Lindemann. In 1897, however, Hoosier doctor and amateur mathematician Edward J. Goodwin had the perfect idea to try and do it anyway: he wanted to change the value of π (pi).

It is known that π is an irrational number with an approximate value of 3.14. To solve squaring the circle, Goodwin proposed to change the value of π to 3.2.

The Indiana pi Bill, or bill #246, went to the Committee of Education where it was…