Happy Pi day, nerds!
There’s a saying, “Save your fork, there’s pie!” It’s supposedly from a Royal Visit where someone said it to the Duke of Edinburgh. It’s also atrributed to other Royal types that would be unaccustomed to the folksy common idea of re-using a piece of silverware. But the point is that no matter how good you think things have been so far, there’s something better just over the horizon. Amen to that.
The numeric constant of Pi contains trillions of decimal spaces. Over a TRILLION. You and me and everyone who’s not a supercomputer can’t even wrap their heads around the whole string of numbers that fully describes Pi. Add to that the fact that the numeric constant of Pi isn’t so constant, since it keeps getting bigger. A few years back, New Scientist magazine said it was over 22 trillion digits in length. If you wanted to read it aloud, at a rate of 3 numbers per second, it would take you 10 years for each billion digits If you wanted to do nothing else for your whole life, you still couldn’t finish it before you shuffled off this mortal coil. You just trust that, yep, Pi is a wicked long number.
This Lent, may I trust in other things beyond my ability to fully comprehend them.