Sunday, June 8, 2008

Circles cont..,which they do

I watched a program about savants several nights ago. One savant featured was Daniel Tammet. He is a high functioning autistic savant, and he can calculate a large array of numbers in his head at the speed of a computer. He calculated many lines of numbers correctly of the never ending Pi (TT) directly from his head. Truly Awesome!
It's also awesome what the definition of Pi is. Pi is the mathematical term for the circumference divided by its diameter. What's so amazing about that is is it doesn't have an exact number only an approximate number, and the reason for that is it doesn't matter how many digits is calculated it never ends. Click here if you want to see a calculation of 200 million digits. It's also the same number for any circle. Pi is infinite and there's never been any repeating numbers. In 1768 Johann Lambert proved that there cannot be any repeating patterns.
How did I become obsessed with circles? At the park one day with my new camera in tow to play around with some shadows of circles interested me, and I began to look around and I realized there are more circle shapes in our environments than any other shape-they are everywhere! 2nd place would go to the square I think.
A short time later circles became personally significant, and I share a few with you here. The circle of life, which never ends. It's eternal.


Michelle said...

what a neat perspective on "circles" - and how you found them everywhere you looked, I might have to try this one day.

I'm glad you could identify with so much of not only what I wrote, but the comments too, in my post about the SAHM book! It sure does help to realize we are not alone in many of our feelings that staying home is tough!

meghan leigh said...

Wow, that's so cool! I wish I could do that, it'd certainly help me in Algebra. I've really been enjoying your blog, it puts a spin on the way I see things.

Oh and before I forget, Green Eggs and Spam finally has a new post, I know that I've been lacking in that department. Now it's up and running again!


Hilary said...

Wow ever since I saw the post on circles I have been noticing them everywhere! Crazy!! I saw a show on savants too and they are simply amazing...have a super week
:) Hilary