On Sat, Mar 5, 2022 at 9:48 AM Desmond Gold Bongcawel via Std-Proposals <std-proposals@lists.isocpp.org> wrote:

[resent the mail]I know this is a silly minor addition, but this would help reduce the duplication of writing (std::numbers::pi * 2) wherever they exist in some particular computations such as computing the circumference of the circle.The constant tau already existed in other programming languages such as C#, rust, etc.

I'm familiar with https://tauday.com/tau-manifesto , but still, you're going to have an uphill battle explaining why "tau_v" would be a better name than "twopi_v". The only obvious benefit of naming it "tau" would be that 100 years from now, when everyone's using tau for all their mathematical needs, C++ won't be ridiculed for having outdated nomenclature that feels like it's stuck in the (400s BC through 2000s). ;)

expression equivalent to:2 * std::numbers::pi_v<T>

(For dummies like me who might also be fooled by this at first: No, this is not "shifting in a zero from the right" and thus losing one bit of precision in the mantissa. It's just taking M_PI and increasing the exponent by 1. So this is indeed mathematically correct.)

–Arthur