Difference between men and women is 3.14159 . . .
Pi (Π) is both the sixteenth letter of the Greek alphabet and the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. The calculation of pi begins at 3.14159 and stretches indefinitely. Thus, its exact value cannot be determined.
The first known attempted calculation of pi was recorded in 1650 BC by an Egyptian scribe who estimated the ratio at 3.16. Today, with the help of computers, pi has been calculated to over 1.24 trillion places. Pi even has its "cult" followers: Hundreds of math mavens have joined clubs to investigate and celebrate the ratio.
Pi may provide a link between mathematics and sexuality. Since the straight line (diameter) is symbolic of the male and the circle (circumference) represents the female, one might conclude that pi signifies the unsolvable and infinite differences between men and women. The sexes will never be able to "figure" each other out. Pi is an irrational number because it cannot be expressed as a fraction with integers in both the numerator and denominator. Men and women do irrational things to sustain a relationship.
However, one can also see a positive aspect in the ratio: As the circumference increases, so does the diameter, and vice versa. Thus, whatever expands the horizons of the woman also expands the opportunities for the man.
The circle or wheel can also bring men and women together: Find a wheel and it goes round, round, round, as it skims along with a happy sound. As it goes, along the ground, ground, ground, 'till it leads you to the one you love! — Perry Como
The ancient Egyptians also found sex in numbers and geometry, as noted by Plutarch in Moralia Vol. 5. In a triangle that can be measured as three by four by five units, the erect side (3) was likened to the male, the base line (4) to the female and the hypotenuse (5) to the child of both.
Obsession While a math problem seems an unlikely subject for a film, Pi the movie became the sensation of the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. In the movie, Max Cohen, a New York mathematician, discovers there may be a pattern in the seeming chaos of pi, a pattern that could predict activity in the stock market. His pursuit of pi leads him into conflict with a Wall Street firm and the leader of a Hasidic sect who believes his research must be used to unlock secrets in the Torah. Cohen's obsession with pi sends him down a path filled with hallucinations and paranoia.
Like the mathematician in Pi, I too have become obsessed with searching for the Truth. According to the movie, Max Cohen's problems began at age six, when he was staring at the sun and was temporarily blinded. Ever since, he's had terrible headaches. I remember as a child climbing on a jungle gym on one cold winter day. For some reason, I looked up at the sun. As I held one hand up to shield my eyes, the other hand slipped and I fell to the ground and temporarily lost consciousness. Luckily, I wasn't seriously injured. It is a story as old as Icarus, whose wings melted as he flew toward the sun. But what if you have not the artificial wings of Icarus but the true wings of a falcon?
There is now a breakthrough for all of us seeking the Light and Truth. Affordable solar telescopes employing hydrogen-alpha and blocking filters allow everyone to safely view the sun without “melting” the eyes. You can see the Light without going blind; through this website, you can pursue the Truth without going mad.
Image Pi mosaic outside the Mathematics Building at the Technical University of Berlin, photo by Holger Motzkau, Creative Commons