Nomination thread - Summer 2012 May 17, 2012 18:55:12 GMT -5
Post by What Hat on May 17, 2012 18:55:12 GMT -5
Conversation I would love to have!
The curtain rises on a typical scene. It is an overcast and rainy morning. The stage is lit only by the glow of two computer screens and the only sound is that of tapping on a key board. Yknot sits in his “mancave”, stage right, rational sits in his well appointed office, stage left. The drama is about to begin . . . .
Yknot: I think I will join the fellowship discussing how to “square the circle”.
Rational: Why? It is well known that can’t be done.
Yknot: I know, but good faith efforts go all the way back to the “shores of the Aegean”! Even before, perhaps even to the bondage in Egypt! That’s how long the “Story of Pi” has been with us.
Rational: The “story of pi” is no more than a series of random digits. 3.14159, you can’t square a circle with that.
Yknot: Yes but you can get arbitrarily close to the perfection of a perfect square based on a perfect circle, isn’t that the point of life? And in addition to that, the series is Infinite!
Rational: Yeah, but it is still irrational!
Yknot: There you go again! Just because it is irrational (you always depend on reduction ad absurdum arguments), doesn’t mean it is paranormal. In fact, it is transcendent!
Rational: Do you have proof of that?
Yknot: Why yes, as a matter of fact, Lindemann proved that in 1882.
As the curtain begins to close, a quiet smile creeps across Yknot’s face.
(References: Wikipedia, enter the word Pi)
"Story of Pi" is on order, I'm in. Looking forward to the conversation.
I hope you did order the Life of Pi, yknot. There's not much about the numeric constant, pi, in the book, but I'm quite sure you'll find this an interesting read.