Monday, December 19, 2016

Numbers for Christmas . . .

o n
t o p
g i v e
l i g h t
f r e e l y
f o r e v e r
a b u n d a n t
b r i l l i a n t
e v e r y w h e r e

Christmas is coming and I have looked back to earlier posts for holiday greetings -- a version of the growing snowball poem above was first posted in 2012 and here, from 2010, is a Christmas verse that celebrates pi:

     Now, I wish I could recollect pi.
     "Eureka," cried the great inventor.
     Christmas Pudding; Christmas Pie
     Is the problem's very center.

In 2015 this posting sang of the twelve days of Christmas and in 2014 (thanks to I offered a link to the poem "Christmas Trees" by Robert Frost (1874-1963); that 1916 poem includes some calculations and reflections based on the line:

       “A thousand trees would come to thirty dollars.

     Found also at, a lovely poem of ice skating and mathematics and Christmas by Cynthia Zarin; the title is "Skating in Harlem, Christmas Day."  

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