Soon this year's version of the date 3.14 will arrive. Pi-day!
At the 2012 Bridges Conference in Towson MD I had the opportunity to hear "Art of π," a presentation by Tatiana Bonch-Osmolovskaya that told of ways that the special number π has inspired artists and writers. This blog has previously celebrated π -- for example on 6 September 2010 (featuring work by Kate Bush, Robert Morgan and Wislawa Szymborska), 10 September 2010 (mnemonics for π, especially from Mike Keith) , 15 March, 2011,(a poem by Lana Hechtman Ayers) 27 November 2011 (a poem by Brian McCabe).
Bonch-Osmolovska's paper included this link to antipodes.org to papers (mostly in Russian) that feature π; among them are links to additional work by Mike Keith. His 2010 collection Not a Wake (of poetry, short stories, a play, puzzles, and so on) is built using words whose numbers of letters embody the digits of π for 10000 digits. Here, learned from Bonch-Osmolovskaya, is a link to Keith's Cadaeic Cadenza, a "short story" of 4000 words whose lengths follow the digits of π. (Keith calls this language "Pilish" -- learn more about it here.)
Poet Peter Meinke pays tribute to π in his poem, "3.141592 . . . "; I offer the opening stanzas below -- and the complete poem is available in the collection Strange Attractors: Poems of Love and Mathematics (A K Peters, 2008, edited by Sarah Glaz and me). In addition to hardback, this collection is also available (from CRC Press) as an e-book.
3.141592 . . . by Peter Meinke
In school I was attracted
to irrational numbers
stretched out like variable stars
across an expanding void . . .
They're just trouble Miss MacDougall
said trying to lure me back
to a over b something above zero
we could get hold of
solid as carrots and good for our eyes
but I was a born radical
. . .
Here is a link to Bob Grumman's March 9 posting on the Scientific American Guest blogs. Bob included several poems from the above-mentioned anthology, Strange Attractors -- including a poem of mine, "A Taste of Mathematics" (formerly entitled "San Antonio, January, 1993).