Today is Pi Day. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159 (hence March 14, or 3/14 being designated Pi Day).
According to the official Pi Day web site (http://www.piday.org/) "Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal
point. As an irrational and transcendental number, it will continue
infinitely without repetition or pattern."
There is something fascinating about a number (the ratio of a perfectly rational structure -- the simple circle) that goes on forever. I am no mathematician, but maybe one reason I find Pi so fascinating is that Ocracoke is in many ways as unusual and quirky as Pi...islanders are at times "irrational" and "transcendental" and it's sometimes difficult to see a pattern in their unconventional lifestyles and behaviors.
Happy Pi Day!
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the unique "Ocracoke Greeting." You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news022113.htm.