Y’all, I know I can be a tisch over the top at times.
But there are things that are worth getting THAT excited about. And π is one of them.
Several years ago I was looking for an illustration for the the amazingness of God as seen in unexpected places and was reacquainted with π.
It’s been a love fest ever since.
Saturday is going to be π Day of the Century! You know pi, the circumference of a circle divided by the diameter? And the answer is 3.14159, so March 14 is Pi Day. An obvious way to celebrate would be to make and eat pie. Like this:
As you dig around looking for you pie pan (this is hypothetical since I don’t really cook), think about this: circles are everywhere. Glance around you and notice how many you see. Go ahead, I’ll wait.
Every single circle reflects God. How? In that pi it never repeat, never gets old, and never ever stops.
Every single circle.
One of the highlights of this π adventure has been the fun and amazing songs related to π. Here are my top three:
1. Want to hear π set to a catchy tune? This one will get your toes tapping and your heart humming. When I was teaching junior highers in China I played this more than five times one morning and can testify you can listen to it again and again this week to add to your π knowledge. Might I also add, if you’re like me, you think, yeah, yeah, I get it. Pi goes on forever. This song barely begins to scratch the surface on infinity. Listen to it and if it’s not your cup of tea, be grateful and marvel in God’s amazingness to create numerically. If you can see it, click here. And for you hard core math lovers, here is a version that goes on for an hour (for some of you this might be a taste of eternity in a bad way. Step along, we want math love this week!)
2. This is a stunning rendition of what π sounds like. Taking 1= do, 2= re, 3= mi, this is 3.1415926… set to music using the first 31 decimals. I’ll say it again, stunning. Before there was Bach or Beethoven, there was God, the Composer.
If you can’t see it, click here.
3. Name that tune: Pi Pi Mathematical Pi Three Point One Four One Five Nine (Thank you … you’ll be humming it all day!). If you can’t see it, click here.
Which song was your favorite? Did you see the Dance of the Sugar Pi Fairies?
Oh Amy, so glad you are in your math geek glory this week. I still like the Sugar Pi Fairies song the best I think. But Pi does make a pretty sound when put to music, kudos to that guy for all his effort.
And thanks to you and others who humor me :) and those who relish it. You’ll laugh that today Becky was at the junior high picking up her son and Eliz was there for #1. Becky said to E, “Man your sister is going a bit crazy over Pi this week.” Elizabeth got out of her car and walked over to Becky unzipping her jacket showing her Pi Day of the Century T-shirt!!! Becky said, “OK this family is crazy, never mind.” Ha!
Elizabeth Trotter says
I liked the Dance of the Sugar Pi Fairies, but my favorite is Pi, Pi, Mathematical Pi!!!! I love how not just the numbers, but the story gets put into that song.
I love your take on Pi in relation to God. I’ve never thought of it in those terms, being like God, never-ending, always changing, never repeating, forever.
The whole concept of infinity is just so huge! I’ve made a ppt presentation on God and PI (I am a geek) and included the first 10,000 digits. The dang thing goes on for SEVENTEEN long slides. And that is only 10,000. Really, 10,000 is nothing compared to infinity. OK, so maybe I’m no hit at party tricks, but God is pretty amazing!
Lynn Marie Cherry says
Pi Pi Mathematical Pi…..I love it! I agree – Pi is a small reflection of the eternal nature of God. It will never end!
I cannot stop singing it :)
I’m sorry, Amy, but math doesn’t thrill me like it does you. Maybe it has something to do with the left-brain, right-brain thing. I don’t know. But as you know, music is my thing, and “What Pi Sounds Like” was awesome! :-)
Love them all. The music one is best (2nd), the comments though! Just a reminder to me that it is a rare mathematician who can also appreciate art and math at the same time. That’s you! I will celebrate pi day, but not sure how, except for lemon meringue.
I don’t know if I’m a rare anything :) … but I am one who is a FAN of FUN! Love hearing from you Hayden :)
Suzanne O. says
The music recording is the best. I now know infinitely more about pi than I ever knew, and, ahem, beyond infinity more than I ever wanted to know. I would like a large slice of key lime pie (or pi),
ahem, what? :)
You are funny!