RICHARD X – LIFE IS FRACTAL (OUTSIDE THE BOX) : ENHANCED VIEW OF A CROSS SECTION OF A PINE TREE

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TODAY IS PI DAY

HOUSE OF PI

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This enhanced image of a cross section of pine stem shows the growth of the plant’s inner and outer tissues.

It also demonstrates how frequently circles appear in the natural world as the growth of the pine pushes out nearly equally from the centre point.

It’s not a perfect circle, but you could calculate the circumference of this stem by using the mathematical constant we call ‘pi’.

Why call out pi?

Because today is Pi Day

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This transcendence of π implies that it is impossible to solve the ancient challenge of squaring the circle with a compass and straightedge.

The number π is a mathematical constant, the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, commonly approximated as 3.14159.

It has been represented by the Greek letter “π” since the mid-18th century, though it is also sometimes spelled out as “pi”.

π can be computed from the Mandelbrot set

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