Happy Pi Day! A dedication and a challenge…

It’s March 14th ~  and if you’re a mathy person, you’re probably already baking various number-shaped treats to celebrate Pi Day! 

For those who aren’t so mathy…all the fuss is about the date, 3-14, and the fact that this date makes up the first three digits of pi, the mathematical relationship between the diameter and circumference of a circle. It goes on after the 3.14, of course…

3.1415926535… and…well…it goes on.  You can click here to see the first million digits. Or visit PiDay.org for more pi-related awesomeness.

I’m dedicating today’s Pi Day post to the following people, some real and one made-up:

Real people first… My son and his school team competed in the State MathCOUNTS competition for New York yesterday and did a fantastic job, both concentrating and having fun in what was a pretty high-pressure environment.  Go, SMS Team!

Now the made-up person…  Claire, the main character in my December figure skating novel, SUGAR AND ICE, isn’t just a skater; she’s also a talented math student who has to juggle her intense new skating schedule with a big "Math out of Bounds" research project on Fibonacci.  (Do you know about the Fibonacci sequence? Personally, I think there ought to be a Fibonacci Day, too, but that’s a subject for another post.)

I’ve been reviewing page proofs for SUGAR AND ICE this weekend and had to stop and smile at the part where a friend teases Claire about her passion for math club, calling her Pi-Face. 

Claire would love this NPR Pi Day feature I found this morning.  It explains a new kind of poetry…pi-ku.  It’s like Haiku, only the syllables correspond to the digits in pi. Like so…

Line 1 = 3 syllables
Line 2 = 1 syllable
Line 3 = 4 syllables

My attempts…

Perfect Sunday.


Makes me crave pie.

So who’s feeling both mathy and poetic enough this morning to give it a try in the comments section?  Come on…I double-pi dare you!

17 Replies on “Happy Pi Day! A dedication and a challenge…

  1. Shoe fly pie
    Day in July

    I’ve never actually had this kind of pie but it seemed to go well with the rest of the pi-ku.

    And pi-kudos to the SMS team!

  2. My mother-in-law made great shoe fly pie. It is made with molasses and can be terrible, but hers was great.
    My pi-ku:

    Walk the woods,
    three cats one dog.

    It is hilarious. The cats run ahead, lie down and look really mad when I walk by. “Doesn’t she know enough to take a break?” Then they run ahead again. Meanwhile the dog leaps small bushes at a single bound and brings me sticks till I find one I want to throw. Then she’s spronking through the woods till she finds it. Runs off with it, till she’s ready for another throw. Then she drops it where I can get it. We go half a mile twice a day in our own woods.
    I am looking forward to Sugar and Ice!

  3. I have two bad pi-ku. 🙂

    Disney makes
    miss my three kids.

    Fireworks light
    night with color.

    You can tell I’ve been in Orlando for work the past few days. Home today (yeah!). Happy Pi Day!