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Are “perfect” circles mathematically impossible (and do irrational numbers exist)? [closed]

It occurred to me that while $\pi$ is an irrational number, it is nevertheless the ratio between the circumference and diameter of all circles. This seems like a contradiction. Thinking about it ...
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A rope and Pi's irrationality

Here is a question which has been puzzling me for some time. You have a thin rope of an integer length $L$. You can bend it to create a rectangle of perimeter $L$. Fine so far. Next, through some ...
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Rotation $x \to x+a \pmod 1$ of the circle is Ergodic if and only if $a$ is irrational

I have a book, Ergodic problems of classical mechanics by Arnold/Avez, and in it they prove that rotation $Tx = x+a \pmod 1$ of the circle $M=\{x \pmod 1\}$ is Ergodic if and only if a is irrational. ...