# The staircase paradox, or why π≠4\pi\ne4

What is wrong with this proof?

Is $$π=4?\pi=4?$$

This question is usually posed as the length of the diagonal of a unit square. You start going from one corner to the opposite one following the perimeter and observe the length is $2$, then take shorter and shorter stair-steps and the length is $2$ but your path approaches the diagonal. So $\sqrt{2}=2$.
Edit: making the square more explicit. Imagine dividing the diagonal into $n$ segments and a stairstep approximation. Each triangle is $(\frac{1}{n},\frac{1}{n},\frac{\sqrt{2}}{n})$. So the area between the stairsteps and the diagonal is $n \frac{1}{2n^2}$ which converges to $0$. The path length is $n \frac{2}{n}$, which converges even more nicely to $2$.