Happy Pi Day. Beware tomorrow's Ides of March. Enjoy the St. Patrick's Day celebrations. Get ready for this week's Vernal Equinox. Note Canada geese back from southern climes. Flocks of them, together with three swans, were clustered yesterday along the edge of the roadside pond at Eichten's bison pastures.
FindMake some time to go fly a kite. Celebrate Spring in Minnesota. By my estimates, it only happens like this once every decade or so.
kite flying near the St. Croix in Stillwater
Photo by J. Harrington
Today's shades of green are brought to you by Pi and St. Patrick.
Squaring the Circle
It’s a little-known fact that God’s headgear —A magician’s collapsible silk top hat,When viewed from Earth, from the bottom up —Is, sub specie aeternitatis,
A pluperfect halo, both circle and square,And a premonition of this truthSpurred on an ancient philosopher,Anaxagoras, to make numerous vain
Attempts to approximate the circleOf his concerns with the square of the cellHe was jailed in for impiety.Doomed calculations which God acknowledged
By doffing then pancaking his topper.He was still bareheaded millennia later,When he learned of von Lindemann’s proof that piIs not the root of a polynomial
With rational coefficients, henceSquaring the circle’s impossible.God un-collapsed, re-donned his hat!But — it was 1882,
Progress was a juggernautAnd the public had no patience for “proof.”From below, God’s gesture looked like a signalFor all hat- and cap-wearing men,
Proper in their headgear, for nations,Well-stocked with helmets for delicate brainwork,To take up “the compass and straightedge”And prepare for a singular all-out attack
On this seductive conundrum, so menEnlisted en masse in Geometry’s army,Tossing up and away all hatsOf cloth, opaque haloes, hurray!
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