If you are cringing right now, you’ll know how I felt my entire year of high school geometry.
But, hey, it’s National Pi Day, the nerdiest of days. It’s the one day a year when we take time to
eat pie reflect on the mysterious and endlessly cool constant that circles around us.
It’s a day for fun and frolic. Yes, math phobics, even for us. And, clearly, there’s pie.
At first, Pi Day was gimmicky, but now it’s a gone-rampant big deal. Have you signed up for a Pi mile race yet?
Pi is everywhere ~ The Simpsons and Star Trek, The Matrix, and, of course, the novel Life of Pi by Yann Martel. Math games, anyone?
There’s even a new literary form called a ‘piem.’ It’s a poem where the length of each word is the same as the number in the pi sequence. For example, here’s a baudy little ditty, written by British mathematician Sir James Jeans in the early twentieth century, to remember the first fifteen digits.
How I want a drink,
Alcoholic of course,
After the heavy lectures
Involving quantum mechanics.
There’s plenty of pi-tunes out there but have a listen to this English singer and songwriter. Kate Bush is known for her expressive four-octave soprano voice…and idiosyncratic lyrics.