Happy Pi Day of the Century!

Pi Day of the Century happens today. π is fun! You can experience ten digits of Pi at exactly 3/14/15 at 9:26 and 53 seconds.

To celebrate the beauty of math, and the perfection of circles, below is a classic poem. Onthewilderside dedicates this poem to anyone who has ever used Pi as a calculation…

Euclid

Old Euclid drew a circle
On a sand-beach long ago.
He bounded and enclosed it
With angles thus and so.
His set of solemn greybeards
Nodded and argued much
Of arc and circumference,
Diameter and such.
A silent child stood by them
From morning until noon
Because they drew such charming
Round pictures of the moon.

 

by Vachel Lindsay

Thoughts on the poem, “Euclid”: When I read this poem in college, I thought it was saying that math was stodgy, boring, and not magical. Now that I am older, I see the poem as celebrating math, the purposefulness of the academics, and the way their studies are connected to the moon and to the wonder of childhood. -KW

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