"Ode to Pi Day (truncated, with errors)” 20in x 16in Watercolor by Patricia Williams


"Ode to Pi Day (truncated, with errors)” 20in x 16in Watercolor by Patricia Williams


Original art by Patricia Williams

Dimension: 20in x 16in Watercolor  

Framed Dimension: 20¾in. h x 24¾in. w

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"Ode to Pi Day (Truncated with Errors)" -Inspired by π

Pi, represented by the symbol π, is a mathematical constant that equals the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its radius. That is, for any circle, anytime, anywhere,  where C stands for circumference and d stands for diameter, or 3.1415926535…... Pi is an irrational number, which means that however many decimal places you calculate, there is never a repeating pattern or end to the calculation. For the wallpaper, or background, of this painting, I copied π to 343 decimal places, and I never found a pattern, so I’m convinced.

Nerds everywhere celebrate Pi Day on March 14 (3/14). In 2015, the people who decide such things declared March 14, 2015 to be the official pi (π) day. My husband Andy and I had a vigorous discussion of this important issue over breakfast one morning, and we vigorously dissented. In our opinion, the official pi day should have been March 14, 2016. That’s because 2015 is truncated, and we believe it more appropriate to round up to 2016. Either way, Pi Day 2015 inspired this painting and this series.

If you would like to check this out, you can find π to one million digits at http://www.piday.org/million/.

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