Monday, 14 March 2016

Hap.pi Pi Day!

Our American friends will be writing the date today as 3.14.16

That's pretty close to the value of p.

The magical value that you get when you divide the circumference of a circle by its diameter.

Yes, 22 divided by 7 gets you close to p,  but 3.14285714286 etc. is not

3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937510582097494459230781640628620899862803482534211706798214808651328230664709384460955058223172535940812848111745028410270193852110555964462294895493038196442881097566593344612847564823378678316527120190914564856692346034861045432664821339360726024914127372458700660631558817488152092096282925409171536436789259036001133053054882046652138414695194151160943305727036575959195309218611738193261179310511854807446237996274956735188575272489122793818301194912983367336244065664308602139494639522473719070217986094370277053921717629317675238467481846766940513200056812714526356082778577134275778960917  and so on and so forth ad infinitum   (you can get a million digits of by clicking: here).

BBC (yes that trusted muse) has a lovely little take on Pi-day, complete with what are called "Piems" - poems written in "Pilish" - an attempt to write using words which have the same number of letters as the digits in the numerical sequence that p starts with...  Glory be, there is even a 10,000 word novel called Not a Wake written in chaste Pilish!

But here on the humble Chai Chats with the Eichers blogge, we present for our dear readers the following attempt at a piem:
Aha, a door!
A swift twinkling  
of digits dance 
See codes swirling 
Designer's delight 
Happy Pi-day to one and all (or to 3 and 14159 etc.)!


Punny Post-script:  How do our friends in Chennai celebrate Pi-day?  No, not by eating apple-pi... rather they are trully mathematical in their celebratory dessert: p-sum!

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