# π – A number like none other

### Well, except for e … and many others…

πtoday is March 14. (Well, at the time of writing this post and assuming you are a person who follows the Gregorian calendar).

In the notorious US date format, that looks like 3-14, which is why today is called π (Pi) Day. Because π is 3.14159…. (for a slightly longer of π, visit this).

I recently learned something spectacular about the number π and that is that π is a “transcendental number” from this amazing description.

That just blew me away. The idea that of all the infinite infinites, the infinites we can mathematically calculate or draw are the smallest subset of infinites. And that the other kind … the transcendental kind, of which π and e are, are a lot more. A lot lot more. Infinitely more!

Which means, that there are numbers out there, for which we can only understand how they occur through observing the universe. But, we cannot on our own calculate, draw (construct) or create a ‘series’ that would give us that number.

That is spectacular. That is beautiful. And that is why, in honor of Pi Day, I write this little bit of post.

Omar Ali (https://omarali.me)

As a fun exercise, represent your name as numbers (for example, my name “Omar” can be represented as 14120017 (Assuming A = 00 and using 2 characters per letter). Taking the positions of the alphabets. There is HUGE chance that I would be able to find this particular sequence somewhere in the expansion of π. Let’s see… (and after 45 seconds on DuckDuckGo, I got the result)

Try your names, phrases etc and see what you get. Feel free to comment. I will obviously be eating an apple pie today to commemorate this event (and because I’m gluttonous and love sweets)

Featured image used from Wikipedia’s Pi Day page uploaded by English Wikipedia user: Ronhip

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