Thursday, July 26, 2007

Calico cat with interesting GPS coordinates

Taliesin Calico Cat
Consider this a belated post for Pi Approximation Day, July 22 (22/7 in the European date convention). It's about one of those factoids that a conscientious photographer and blogger is duty-bound to pass on to his readers when he stumbles upon it. I was mapping some Taliesin photos I was putting in my new Frank Lloyd Wright set on Flickr -- including this calico cat, which posed so fetchingly, with an innate sense of great design, against a matching background at Wright's hillside home and studio last fall.

I happened to notice that the GPS coordinates of where I placed my cursor on the Taliesin grounds include a five-place decimal expansion of pi in the number indicating latitude: 43.14153, -90.07091.

Could this account for the circular figures and design themes in his work, from the Monona Terrace to the Guggenheim, from his furniture to his stained glass windows? Who knows? When it comes to the elusive mathematical entity known as pi, stranger things have been known to happen.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Actually Pi Approximation Day only works in the Europen style of day/month, that would be 22/7, not 7/22.

22 divided by 7 is 3.14

Madison Guy said...

Anonymous -- I know. Thanks for letting me know about the typo, which I've fixed. I mentioned the "European date convention," but screwed it up with a typo that made it look as if I thought the value of pi was 0.03181818. Guess I need to get more sleep.