Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Feynman Point poems

The Feynman Point is a sequence of six 9s that occurs in the decimal expansion of π -- these 9s are found in positions 762 - 767 following the decimal point.  When writing in Pilish (using word-lengths that correspond to digits of π), the Feynman Point offers a particular challenge since 9-letter words are infrequent.  I learned about the Feynman Point here.  AND I found a splendid database that makes the difficult task of choosing 6 9-letter words easily doable.   Here is my first Feynman Point poem:
 
      Scratchers sleepwalk --
      seriously screening sentences,
      slantwise.

Mike Keith's Pilish short story, Cadeic Cadenza, has this Feynman Point: 

     nevermore, nevermore, nevermore, nevermore, nevermore, nevermore

Richard Mankiewicz celebrated the May 11 birthday of  Richard Feynman (1918-88) with a Pilish contest .

And so it goes.

From Wikipedia: the first 1001 digits of π (1000 decimal digits),
           including the Feynman point underlined, are as follows:

3.1415926535 8979323846 2643383279 5028841971 6939937510 5820974944 5923078164 
   0628620899 8628034825 3421170679 8214808651 3282306647 0938446095 5058223172 
   5359408128 4811174502 8410270193 8521105559 6446229489 5493038196 4428810975
   6659334461 2847564823 3786783165 2712019091 4564856692 3460348610 4543266482
   1339360726 0249141273 7245870066 0631558817 4881520920 9628292540 9171536436
   7892590360 0113305305 4882046652 1384146951 9415116094 3305727036 5759591953
   0921861173 8193261179 3105118548 0744623799 6274956735 1885752724 8912279381

   8301194912 9833673362 4406566430 8602139494 6395224737 1907021798 6094370277
   0539217176 2931767523 8467481846 7669405132 0005681271 4526356082 7785771342
   7577896091 7363717872 1468440901 2249534301 4654958537 1050792279 6892589235
   4201995611 2129021960 8640344181 5981362977 4771309960 5187072113 4999999837
   2978049951 0597317328 1609631859 5024459455 3469083026 4252230825 3344685035
   2619311881 7101000313 7838752886 5875332083 8142061717 7669147303 5982534904
   2875546873 1159562863 8823537875 9375195778 1857780532 1712268066 1300192787 
   6611195909 2164201989  . . .

One more thing:  while rereading my Feynman Point poem, this question 
comes to mind:  what is the probability that an arbitrarily chosen 9-letter word 
will have at least two letters the same?


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