Pi is one of the most recognizable mathematical symbols in the world: the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter, commonly approximated as:
Why even talk about Pi?
It’s a symbol with no barriers across race, ethnicity,
gender, languages, country, time.
Pi is an irrational number as the digits extend to infinity. As of 2014 the record for
calculating Pi is beyond 12.1 trillion digits.
So here’s a symbol that:
has been studied for almost 4,000 yrs by cultures all over the globe
everyone can recognize
is extraordinarily simple and elegant
brings order to complex mathematical concepts that influence our world
π emerged in the above painting, using the practice of immediacy in the arts (see http://practiceofimmediacy.com/pia-videos). I call the painting Pi.
For me the symbol π represents infinity and infinitesimal moments constantly unfolding -- beginningless and endless.
In these chaotic times π can remind us about:
the timeless in the midst of our everyday lives
Pi Day is celebrated on March 14, at 1:59am. Why that date? Two reasons:
3/14 1:59 = 3.14159
Albert Einstein was born on March 14, 1879
So have a piece of pie — the current way to celebrate Pi!