# On a Piece of Pi

Pi – Known as the symbol π

Pi – a mathematical constant of 3.14 and to infinity (Here’s a link of Pi with a million decimals)

Pi – a ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter

Pi – a ratio used in many formulas in mathematics, science, and engineering

Pi – an irrational number than cannot be expressed exactly as a fraction

Pi – the 16th letter of the Greek alphabet

Pi – also known as Archimedes’ Constant

Pi – whose first calculation dates to about 1900 BC

Pi – its date to celebrate is March 14th

Pi – the number Lu Chao holds the Guiness World Record for spending 24 hours and 4 minutes to recite Pi to the 67,890 decimal space

Pi – the basis of cheers at Georgia Tech and MIT

Pi – Nobel Prize winning poet Wislawa Szymborska wrote this poem of the same title

Pi – The name of a Darren Aronofsky film (see trailer)

Pi – a pizzeria in St. Louis, Missouri; Pi-zzeria in Virginia Beach, VA; and District of Pi Pizzeria in DC

Pi – the subject of this comedy routine about different perspectives of Pi

Pilish is a writing style with lengths of consecutive words match the digits in Pi

Professor Frink proclaims (for a reason), Pi is exactly three in “Bye Bye Nerdie” episode in The Simpsons (season 12)

For the record, Magnum PI was not about Pi

Alternative musician Kate Bush has a song Pi, whose lyrics mainly consist of Bush singing the digits of Pi to music

The Carl Sagan novel Contact suggested that the creator of the universe placed a message within the value of Pi

In the “Wolf in the Fold” episode of the original Star Trek, Kirk and Spock developed to an alien attack by forcing the computer to compute pi to the last digit, thus the alien eventually abandoning the computer

In the movie, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Pi is the answer to the combination that will allow the Tablet of Akh-man-Ra to open the gates to the underworld.

Pi plus Pi = 2 Pi = Tau (and if you like this post, see The Hot Tau, which remains one of my favorite posts)

The Great Pyramid of Giza has a perimeter-to-height ratio of 2 Pi

What would Pi sound like if the values were put to music?

## 53 thoughts on “On a Piece of Pi”

1. John Erickson |

We all remember that old algebraic equation, “Pi R squared”, right?
Wrong!
Pi R round. Cake R squared.
Now where’s that instant rimshot site again? 😉

Edited for John: http://instantrimshot.com/

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• Oh no … Danger danger Will Robinson. John is feeding Larry one-liners.

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• John,

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2. Hi,
As I was reading your post, the first thing I thought of was the Great Pyramid of Egypt, and all of a sudden there it was. 🙂
I would of been a bit disappointed had it of have been left out, surly the most famous of the “Pi” messages. 😀
Great find in the video as well.
A very interesting post.

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• Mags,
Woohoo … I came through! It was a fun post to put together, but the video is what sparked it. Thanks for commenting.

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3. I love Don MacMillan and have always thought this was one of his funnier bits:

And no, even though I’m an engineer I don’t round pi down to 3. 😉

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• D-Fae,
That is a good comedy bit. Thanks … and not rounding pi down to three is a milestone. 😉 … thanks for stopping by.

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4. Oh! I’m not a mathematical person. I really struggled with it. I’ll have to take your word for it that all that is stated is true!

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5. I will always prefer apple pi.

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6. Wonderful book “the life of pi.”

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7. When it comes to Pi, I like pizza the best.

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• Hansi,
And isn’t it great that a pizzeria in St. Louis is using Pi in their name! (Linked in the post). Thanks for stopping by.

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8. Really wonderful, I like the music of pi 😀
Peace
xandi

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• Xandi,
Absolutely … and thanks for visiting and thinking of this.

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9. mobius faith |

One of the most amazing things I’ve seen and heard. Great stuff.

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• Mobius,
Welcome first-time commenter. I appreciate that you have taken the time to visit and comment, and hope you return.

Although this video is a good one, personally I like the one on Tau better (linked in this post). Nonetheless, the video sparked the factoid search about Pi. Thanks again.

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10. A great post about π. I tried to find alternatives you hadn’t already figured out, but had to give up. But then I thought about the book: Life of Pi. Which unfortunately isn’t about π. So no I couldn’t add anything really. I watched Darren Aronofsky’s film some time ago. Quite a weird one, but interesting. You keep surprising me!

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• Otto,
This one was fun, especially once I figured out not to get carried away with formulas. Personally, I liked the music of Tau better than Pi. (Link on this post). Nonetheless, thanks for the kind words and for visiting.

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11. My best friend lives in St Louis.. so I will ask her about this restaurant called Pi :). Loved this Frank. I absolutely enjoy coming here as much as I can 🙂

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• Kay,
Oh yes … and let me know! I forgot to look at the address to see if it was in the Italian section (and St Louis has a good one!) Thanks for being a regular here – and have a great rest of the day.

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12. Love this post, Frank! I agree about preferring the Tau music to the Pi music. There is a pizza parlor in Virginia Beach that is also called Pizzeria Pi, and they use the Pi symbol in their sign.

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• Lynn,
I was hoping you would see this post. BTW – I added your pizza suggestion to the post … and also found a different place in DC … with links to both. Thanks for the addition and for visiting.

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13. Great post, great facts about Pi.
For some reason, it started me thinking about mobius strips and infinity.
Go figure…

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• Guapo,
This was a fun post to do. Let’s face it, everyone is familiar with pi in someway! I tagged the video many months ago, so it was a matter of getting the factoids together. Thanks for visiting.

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14. cherrie ‘pi’s are delicious…aplles pi’s are 2 !!!!

great post frank!

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• Eva,
That line came to me just before posting … thus sliding a little humor within the post. Thanks for visiting.

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• Eva,
In the spirit of John’s early comment – should you have written “apple πr2? 😉

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• Cuttlefish,
Well said! and thanks for stopping by.

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• Randel,
I thought you might appreciate this post. Thanks for visiting.

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15. this is a fabulous, fascinating post!!! May I reblog it please?

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• Absolutely … and I appreciate you asking …. and thanks for visiting.

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16. WordsFallFromMyEyes |

I’m listening to the Pi video as I write this. ..

Loved this, just like the other one. How interesting! “the number Lu Chao holds the Guiness World Record for spending 24 hours and 4 minutes to recite Pi to the 67,890 decimal space” totally blew me away though – I mean, there are some craaaazy people out there…!

Magnum PI wasn’t about pi – oh Frank, love your humour & your intelligence. I truly don’t believe there’s another blog out there quite like yours.

Love this stuff!

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• Eyes,
Glad you enjoyed this one and thanks for the kind words. Actually, the idea for this one came after the link below. The Magnum PI is aspect is my style of humor … so is discovering some goofy record as the one by Lu Chao. It takes all kinds of people to make the world go around.

Meanwhile, you will like this one!
https://afrankangle.wordpress.com/2011/10/04/on-a-hot-tau/

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17. Love this post, Frank. I’m glad it was on your list of flashbacks. 🙂

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18. Interesting…
But – I prefer pi with an e 🙂

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20. So… would it be the P-Ides of March?

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21. Thanks for sending me back in time Frank – this piece of music was made easy to understand – loved everything 🙂 Now on to Tau………….

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• Pauline,
Thanks for following the links … and I knew you would enjoy it.

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