Eat humble pi

My friend Jon kindly went down to the Oregon Zoo MAX Light Rail station to take a picture for me of an engraving that he spotted on the wall. An engraving of pi, by all accounts.

Here’s the picture.

Pi engraving

Now, that’d be pi to 106 decimal places, I hear you cry. But let me tell you, and let Rob echo me in telling you, that you’d be wrong.

It looks like pi, and the first row is pretty darned good. Whoopy do. Any eleven-digit calculator will tell you that much. (I only had an eight digit one at school, and could never understand why my dad needed a twelve-digit one in his office. To calculate the national debt? I digress.) But then it goes to cock. The second row should read 897932384626, assuming it’s intended to continue where the first row finished.

The weird thing is that the 897932 bit appears in the bottom right hand corner, from left to right.

Maybe it’s the first 107 digits of pi in a non-specific order. Or maybe it’s like a word search, only with numbers, where the onlooker has to circle certain strings from the first 106 places of pi’s infinite decimal tail.

Or maybe it’s just wrong. Seems like a lot of effort, and a lot of accuracy for something that’s so wrong, though.


4 Responses to “Eat humble pi”

  1. Art Vandelay on May 23rd, 2007 21:25

    Heresy. Let the sculptor eat humble pi.

  2. Nick on May 24th, 2007 00:56

    I personally never did like the 897932384626 bit. It always seemed so out of place there and just plain unbalanced. The designer of this engraving has done quite a bit to improve the aesthetic appeal of pi. Unfortunately (s)he hasn’t gone far enough. For example, am I the only one who feels that 3.1415*9* is a bit clunky? That 9 just appears out of nowhere.

    Coincidentally, this weblog’s “confirmation code” for this comment was 31415*7* – IMHO a much better approach to the series.

  3. Shanahan on May 25th, 2007 15:34

    Look again Dan, methinks it is you that should be eating humble Pi. Remember, sculpture is art and art is not always what it seems.

  4. Dan on May 26th, 2007 07:49

    Updates in the post above…

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