A pi Poem/poetry, what exactly is this? Well, this involves a composition of words, where each of the words are equivalent to each pi digit lengthwise. For instance, a poem may start with a 3, 1, 4, 1, and 5-letter word; hence, 3.1415, which is typically the beginning of pi.
Steven Bogart, a Georgian Mathematician defined pi as the ratio of circumference to its diameter. No matter the size of the circle; this ratio will remain equivalent to pi. The pi value is roughly 3.14 (decimal form). However, it is good to note that as a rational number, the decimal form of pi neither becomes repetitive (1/3 = 0.333333) nor ends (1/4 = 0.25). Pi is 3.141592653589793238 (18 decimal places). Thus, having shorthand for the circumference to diameter ratio is critical.
Pi (Π) was first applied in 1706 by William Jones, possibly as a periphery abbreviation. And thirty years later, it became standard notation in mathematics. Let’s try a short demo: Use a compass to draw a circle. Place a string around the top of the circle. Straighten the string to its full length; what you have now is the circle’s circumference.
Take a ruler and measure the circumference. Using the same ruler, measure your circle’s diameter (the length from one to another point of the circle through the center). Typically, the radius is half the diameter (length from the center to any point of the circle). The circumference of your circle divided by its diameter should give you roughly 3.14 – regardless of size of the circle.
While a bigger circle may have a bigger circumference, as well as a bigger radius, the ratio remains the same. Measuring and dividing accurately should get you pi or 3.141592653589793238. In other words, it would require you to use slightly more than three pieces of strings to cover the circumference of circle. The strings should be cut equally to the its diameter.
The Pie Poem Contest Rule
14th of March is celebrated as Pi Day. As a way of honoring the occasion, the contest is graced with poems formed based on Pi digits. While most of us may tend to believe that 3.1415 are the only pi digits, these numbers are infinite, and with no specific pattern among them. Although this can be challenging to mathematicians, we are going to apply it positively in our pi poem.
The Cadae is one good example of pi poems, whereby the poet is limited to the initial 5 pi digits while ignoring the rest of the its value aspects. To define this challenge better, here are a few points to note:
- In a pi poem, each line should include the total number of syllables (words – your choice yet consistent) that match the pi digit. Thus, the initial line may contain 3 syllables/words, the 3rd line may contain 1 syllable/word, and then 4, 1, 5, …
- The 2nd line of your pi poem should feature the term point, or anything identical, like spot, dot, or tip. Regardless of your choice, ensure to uphold the essence of the structure of the poem.
- Each subsequent line must include the total number of syllables/words conforming to the pi digits.
- Depending on your choice, you can write a few or more lines.
- The last line must be an infinity, or anything synonymous, like forever, or eternity.
- Thought not necessary, rhyming will make your pi poem very impressive.
The point here is to manage the structure of your poem using numbers. Enjoy your day!
In any case, a pi poem/poetry becomes more exciting when you can easily memorize it. Well, there are various ways to create and memorize the various mathematical constant pi digits. The syllable is a play on the syllable pi itself alongside the linguistic part of philology.
As mentioned above, you can use many ways to remember π, such as piems (a term created by conjoining pi and poem). This type of poems denotes π in such a way that each word length (in syllables) is a representation of a digit. A good example of a piem is: “Now I want a drink, obviously an alcohol, after the hefty lectures including quantum mechanics.” Note that the first word contains three letters, the 2nd word contains one word, the 3rd has four, the 4th contains one, the 5th five, …
In lengthy examples, words with ten letters are utilized to denote the zero digit. And the rule is also used to manage recurring digits in Pilish writing. In “Cadaeic Cadenza”, the short story accounts for the initial 3834 π digits. “Not A Wake”, a 10,000-word long novel, has also been inscribed accordingly.
Though, poems may not be effective for huge π memorizations. Other ways include memorization of patterns within the digits. For example, 1971 appears in the initial fifty pi digits, and the loci mnemonic method of pi to 67,890 digits.
The total number of memorized digits has increased in recent times. Up to the 20th century, mathematicians were only able to remember hundreds of pi digits. These made it possible for them to recall all familiar digits during that time. A much more difficult pi contest came in 1949 whereby up to 2000 places of pi were calculated using a computer.
As time went by, people were able to calculate pi to unusual pi digit numbers (2.7 trillion in 2010) using computers.
Pi Mnemonics Poem Examples
A pi mnemonics poem like the one below, provides the three as well as the initial 20 decimal numbers. You can utilize the poem’s title separation and the main body to denote the point(decimal):
I wish I could determine pi
Eureka, cried the great inventor
Christmas pudding, Christmas pie
Is the problem’s very center?”
Here is yet another poetic version:
“Sir, I have a rhyme excelling,
In mystic power and magic spelling,
Celestial spirits elucidate,
For my own problems can’t relate.
Expansions to either 30 or 31 places of the same continue as below:
Sir, I send a rhyme excelling,
In sacred truth and rigid spelling,
Numerical sprites elucidate,
For me the lexicon’s full weight
If nature gain, who can complain
Tho’ Dr Johnson fulminate?
Sir, I bear a rhyme excelling
In mystic force and magic spelling
Celestial sprites elucidate
All my own striving can’t relate
Or locate they who can cogitate
And so finally terminate.
Looking at the two versions of pi poems that rhyme, you will realize a slight variance. The most important thing is that the variations work out for pi perfectly. Nevertheless, one variant swaps the lesson’s with lexicon’s; hence, wrongly indicating seven as the 18th digit.
David Saul’s 35-word long fantasy book, “Somewhen”, elucidates on both pi, as a constant and the numbers. The message is also spread out in a circular form to give yet another hint to readers regarding the poem’s objective.
In the following example zero has been substituted with “nothing.”
It’s a fact
A ratio immutable
Of circle round and width,
Produces geometry’s deepest conundrum.
For as the numerals stay random,
No repeat lets out its presence,
Yet it forever stretches forth.
Nothing to eternity.
The sonnet below is a good example of a pi mnemonics poem to 75 decimals within iambic pentameter:
Now I defy a tenet gallantly
Of circle canon law: these integers
Importing circles’ quotients are, we see,
Unwieldy long series of cockle burs
Put all together, get no clarity;
Mnemonics shan’t describeth so reformed
Creating, with a grammercy plainly,
A sonnet liberated yet conformed.
Strangely, the queer’st rules I manipulate
Being followéd, do facilitate
Whimsical musings from geometric bard.
This poesy, unabashed as it’s distressed
Evolvéd coherent – a simple test,
Discov’ring poetry no numerals jarred.
What Is a Pi Ku Poem?
Piku or Haiku? Well, Haiku is simply a poetry formation comprising of 3 lines. In this case, the first line contains five words. The second contains seven syllables, and the third and last line contains five syllables. Thus:
Haiku is so old,
But math is even older,
Math needs an art form.
Got it? Simply three lines: 5 -7-5.
Notably, Haiku is virtually beyond a syllable poetic formation. For instance, the standard haiku theme is nature. Ok, now let’s turn to our main concern here – Piku!
In essence, Piku is the new art of poems stemming right from the initial three greatest digits in the month of March – 3.14. Like Haiku, Piku is also a poem with three lines. The first line contains three syllables. The second has one, and the third line comes with four syllables.
Three one four
The best number
What a story.
Although art may seem very subjective, Piku isn’t. Thus, it would be more fascinating to see all piku poems grouped into either of the three categories: 3, 1 and 4.
- Category 3: 1 requirement – All poems created based on the piku structural requirement. Typically, this category is of the lowest piku class, yet valuable.
- Category 1: 2 requirements – This includes poems that are both geeky or nerdy in terms of subject and structure. It is the intermediate piku class.
- Category 4: 3 requirements – This type includes poems created based on the piku formation. They are either geeky or nerdy (subject matter), and is exactly linked to the technology or science fields. It is considered as the highest class within the piku world. Everything concerning piku is found here.
These three Piku categories are essentially important. They allow for creativity and upholding of the scientific categorization imperative. Note that, the categories represent only the complexity, but not superiority. Hence, not a grade but a category. For instance:
Category 3 – Lowest class (entry level) of piku:
That fat guy.
He lives next house.
This poem falls directly into the 3rd category of a piku poem. It upholds the 3-14 formation, yet without any geekiness or nerdiness needed to move to category 1 class.
Category 1 – intermediate level of piku poem:
Or stop chatting.
The above pi poem is typically a category one piku. It upholds the 3-1-4 formation. It is geeky or nerdy, and anyone outside the field may find it hard to grasp anything regarding it. However, it is actually connected to the technology or science fields.
Category 4 – Real Piku:
Lastly, this category of a piku poems follows the 3-1-4 layout, and it is geeky or nerdy (subject matter). It is specifically connected to either the technology or science fields.
Well, it is true that most of us will take time to understand what a pi poem really is, and the role it plays in our day-today lives. However, if you delve deeply into the matter, you will realize that most of the things we engage in revolve around certain constants. And pi happens to be one of them. We all believe in constants, and that is why we pray for a better tomorrow …if only we could live to see it!