Pi In The Sky


Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Nina: Nana something exciting is going on.

Nana: Isn’t it always? I wonder how you ever get any sleep with so much excitement always coursing through your system?

Nina: But Nana, you know how much I love the number pi.

Nana: Yes I heard the poem you wrote about it.

Nina: Oh yeah. Nina starts singing

The number pi,

makes me high.

Not simply irrational,

pi is transcendental

Pi transcends thinking,

simple, straight and linear,

curving around corners,

it is the essence of circular.

Ratio of the circumference to the diameter,

pi is an intriguing and fascinating number.

Generations tried squaring the circle,

only to learn that it is impossible

Pi won’t be contained,

in finite representations.

It lives free of straight laced,

rules and conventions.

Nana: Oh enough already. You sing it even more than the small world song. I can’t bear it anymore.

Nina: But it’s the perfect song for the occasion.

Nana: What occasion? It’s not international pi day, today.

Nina: But Nana, scientists have just discovered the Pi Earth Planet.

Nana: A Pi Earth Planet? Whatever is that?

Nina: It’s approximately an earth sized planet, that takes 3.14 earth days to revolve around its star. Its year is pi days long. Isn’t that cool?

Nana: That’s crazy. That would mean the planet is very close to its star, and insanely hot.

Nina: Its star is a lot colder than our sun, but it is very hot indeed on the planet. Scientists believe the temperatures are between 350 and 400 Fahrenheit.

Nana: I see. Perfect for baking a pie!

Nina: Right, Nana. Glad to see you’re getting in to the spirit of the transcendental pi, especially now that we actually have a pi in the sky. Hehehehe.

This post is a part of the #NinaAndNana series I co-host with Lavanya Srinivasan. Her posts can be found here.

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