Indiana Pi Bill
Thwarting circle-squaring legislation
A bill initiated by a Hoosier circle squarer that implied various incorrect values for π was proposed in the 1897 sitting of the Indiana General Assembly. Thanks to the intervention of a Purdue University mathematics professor, it never passed into law.
Bill #246 of the 1897 sitting of the Indiana General Assembly was initiated by physician and amateur mathematician Edward J. Goodwin and proposed a method to square the circle. Since it implied various incorrect values of π, such as 3.2, the bill has come to be known as the "Indiana Pi Bill." While it passed five readings, the bill never became law thanks to the intervention of Professor C. A. Waldo of Purdue University.