For the Love of Pi

Friday, March 14, 2014

Edward Frenkel, Professor of Mathematics at the University of California at Berkeley, and author of Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality (Basic Books, 2013), celebrates Pi Day - it's 3.14 after all. Frenkel explains why the irrational number that goes on and on and on... is beautiful and elegant.


Edward Frenkel

Comments [7]

Amy from Manhattan

An even better Pi Day was March 14, 1592 (3/14/1592)! But I don't think anyone was celebrating Pi Day back then.

Mar. 14 2014 12:29 PM
jessie henshaw from Way Uptown

Pi is very cool, but a projection of our own rules, useful for things for a very particular sort. The simplicity of showing that all events and changes in the natural world start by emergent processes of their own is a more general indication of "reality" though...

and a lot easier to directly observe.

Mar. 14 2014 12:02 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

In the Bible, Solomon builds a Temple and miraculously the pool he has built has a circumference exactly 3 times the length of the diameter, and no pi times the diameter. Which shows that God can even make a circle that violates the mathematical equation which describes it! And so, even pi can be supernaturally violeted, like making the sun stop :)

Mar. 14 2014 12:00 PM
John A

My roomate could recite 125 digits of Pi without notes. He put a giant "I Love Pi" sign in our window but was asked to take it down by the boys in dorm room 314...

Mar. 14 2014 11:48 AM
Ed from Larchmont

One of the numbers built into nature, goes on forever yet never repeats ... amazing.

Mar. 14 2014 11:23 AM

How about trying the opposite of the broken window theory? maybe if we took care of the MAJOR crimes, i.e., systemic financial fraud, 99% of the street crime would go away, people would be too busy working and living meaningful lives to go around breaking windows or jumping around on subways.

Mar. 14 2014 10:17 AM

you don't think he's just trying to keep the quota of blacks and hispanics up to the usual standards without stop and frisk?
s&f lite you could say.

Mar. 14 2014 10:08 AM

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