Friday, March 14, 2008


Many people have no idea of what pi is or why it is such a cool formula. Much of the coolness of pi comes from it being an irrational number and also a transcendental number; meaning its fractional numbers never repeat in a pattern. To calculate divide 22 by 7 and you will see what I mean.

Pi is a convenient formulaic tool, which simply allows one to measure across a circle and multiply that figure by 3.14… to find out the linear dimension outside the circle. This formula was helpful to me when I built a round pen for my horses. My round pen was 60 feet across which meant that I would need 188.4 feet of fencing to go around it.

It is so easy to get bogged down in math, but if you can remember a few formulas you can move through many projects with confidence.

Every profession has roots in mathematics. It is good to get acquainted with your roots from time to time. Every carpenter and musician should get acquainted with Pythagoras. Every accountant and bookkeeper should acquaint themselves with Pacioli. Warriors and communication specialists should study Archimedes. Also those who study the psychology of obsession should study him as well. Everyone needs to find their mathematical patron and matron saints.


Blogger Chantel said...

My roots are in PI. YOu know the apple and lemon meringue variety. I like everything about pi. I think its a southern thing.


10:15 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

The Pythagorean theorem is the only formula I do remember from school. And I don't think I've ever had to use it.

10:27 AM  
Blogger Mike S said...

Just spent 2 days designing and installing a drainage system UNDER the cellar's concrete floor here. All 'mathed' out. Gonna stick to the strawberry-rhubarb type for a bit:)

12:01 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Chantel, being Southern, if someone ever tells you pi r2, you can tell them, No,Pies are round and corn pone are square.

Beth, so I take it you aren't a carpenter ; )

Mike, sometimes it matches, sometimes it doesn't.

6:32 AM  

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