Friday, October 24, 2008
Geek of the Week-Charles Hartman
Pi mnemonics have been around forever to help people remember the irrational number pi to a desired number of places. Here's an example:
"How I wish I could calculate pi."
The first word has three letters, the second, one, the third, four...giving us the digits of pi 3.141592 to 6 decimal places. The idea has been appropriated as a poetic form by Conn College professor/poet Charles Hartman, who starts his collection Island off with a pi mnemonic, possibly the longest in the world. Island is available from Ahsahta Press for the curious.