The number Pi, celebrated on March 14th annually inspired its own language known as “Pilish”. Pilish is a form of writing that is both challenging and fun. Learn about pilish and write a piem today!
What is Pi?
Pi, or π, is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to the diameter. In case you need a refresher, the circumference of a circle is the distance all the way around and the diameter of a circle is the distance across the middle.
Pi begins 3.1415 and mathematicians have spent thousands of years studying this irrational number. Trillions of digits of Pi have been identified so far!
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What is Pilish?
Pilish is an entire language based on Pi. We decided to give it a try and write our own Piems, or poems based on Pi!
In Pilish, the length of the words match the numbers as written in the sequence of digits in Pi. For example, the first word has three letters, the second has one letter, the third has four letters, and so on.
What are the Rules of Pilish?
According to Software Engineer, Michael Keith, the author of several short stories as well as an entire novel written in Pilish, the rules to writing in this style are as follows.
In Basic Pilish, each word of n letters represents:
- The digit of n if n<10
- The digit 0 if n=10.
For the purpose of this activity, we will stick to Basic rules noted above.
A Piem about Pie
We love to eat pie for Pi Day, so it’s only fair to write a piem about pie!
Pie (3), a (1) dish (4)
I (1) adore (5) immensely (9)
Is (2) mainly (6) eaten (5)
for (3) treat (5) intently (8)
Write a Piem
Print the piem worksheet. Use the first 48 digits of Pi to write a Piem. Each word must have the same amount of letters as the digit of Pi in the box shown above.
The challenge is to try to write a coherent piem using as many digits of Pi as possible. We’ve included 47 digits on our worksheet!
Frequently Asked Questions about Pi
3.1415926535 8979323846 2643383279 5028841971 6939937510 5820974944 5923078164 0628620899 8628034825 3421170679
Pi is the ratio of the circumference of any circle to the diameter of that circle. The approximate value of Pi is 3.14.
Archimedes of Syracuse was the first person to calculate Pi.
Pi is an irrational number and has no final digit.
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