Normally consigned to the exercise books and calculators of math geeks, scientists and high school students, on March 14th the incredible, irrational and infinite number Pi hits the big time!
If you can remember it from school, Pi (also known as π) then you’ll know it’s the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. So for any circle you can imagine, of any size you can imagine, if you divide the length around it by the length across it, the answer will always be π.
It starts of like this: 3.1415926535897932384626433832795028841971693993751058209749
445923078164062862089986280348253421170679821480865132823066……and it goes on and on and on…
It’s “irrational” because it never ends and it never repeats – it is one of life’s genuine mysteries, but also one of its basic, most essential principles. Because when you begin to get up close and personal with life, you realize it exists in everything – everything which contains circles and rhythms which here on Earth, is, pretty much all of it!
Pi contains everything.
Here at Numerologist.com we know that letters and numbers are intimately connected and share the same values. So if we assign the letters of the alphabet to the digits contained in π, at some point along its infinite string, everything in existence would be described. Every action, dream, thought, whisper – past present and future – would be written down in plain sight.
Pi truly is the number of the Universe.
March 14th (3.14) is probably the nerdiest of all holidays but it has a growing number of followers. People all over the world will be marking the day in a host of weird and wonderful ways, from running races of 3.14 miles, to baking and enjoying pies of infinite (and irrational!) fillings!
One of our favourite pi-enthusiasts is the computer scientist and bioinformatics specialist Martin Krzywinski who makes data accessible (and even beautiful!) by re-imagining it as incredible and purposeful visual art.
He began making art from the digits of pi in 2013 and has since gone on to create numerous pieces of increasing complexity and visual splendor. In celebration of Pi-day 2018, we’re showcasing some of our favourites, hope you enjoy!
Krzywinski’s first depiction of pi using coloured dots in a grid formation.
Assigning each digit a coloured dot, Krzywinski arranged these in an Archimedes spiral, moving from the centre out. He made different versions of these, according to the number of decimal points reached.
Below shows the first 3,422 digits, and below right the first 123,201 of π
Krzywinski worked together with Christian Ilies Vasile to generate another series where the digits 1-9 were arranged around the circumference of a circle. These were then connected to each other whenever they occurred, with a thread of colour. Dots were also placed outside the circle according to how frequently each number repeated in the chain.
This is part of a series created in 2016. Digits of pi were each assigned a mass and made to collide into and orbit around each other. Aren’t they cute?!
Krzywinski’s work is extensive! And he goes into great detail about the methods he uses to generate these incredible art pieces (and why he wants to) on this site.
Hope you have a numerically-numinous and fantastically-fun Pi Day folks!
Let us know what you’re planning to celebrate below!