Irrational and transcendental

boguestreetThat would be pi. You know that number don’tcha? Rikki?

I used to be good at math. Good enough that Mr. Kiczynski, my math teacher as a senior in high school always encouraged me to study math in college. I did music instead but I did take a semester of calculus. I aced calc but the amount of work that it required didn’t mesh with the number of hours required to practice the flute and puano, so I didn’t pursue it further. By the way, without dredging up an old high school yearbook, the way I figured out Mr. Kiczynski’s name was to google the Unibomber, whose name differs from my old math teacher’s only by the first vowel. Not the same people at all although once Stuart smart-mouthed Mr. K and Mr. K threw Stuart across the room. Stuart later apologized and is now the dean of some esteemed medical school somewhere. Those facts are not necessarily connected in any way and other than that event, Mr. K was pretty mild-mannered.

Nowadays I apply my math-type skills to spreadsheets and programming logic, etc. When talk of transcendental numbers came up at dinner tonight I wasn’t totally at sea although I htg to refresh my memory. If I get it right, pi is an irrational number and also transcendental. If I get it right (and you are welcome to correct me), all transcendental numbers are irrational but not all irrational numbers are transcendental. Kind of like all squares are rectangles but not all rectangles are squares. I may be talking crack about all these fancy numbers and you can google to your heart’s content if you want to learn more.

So, Rikki don’t lose that number. I think someone I follow on Twitter alluded to this old song a day or so ago but not totally sure. I love cryptic tweets, don’t you? [big frickin’ grin]

One Response to “Irrational and transcendental”

  1. Margaret Says:

    I loved that Rikki song! I was decent at math, but got killed by geometry so I quit taking it. I wish I’d taken more(as well as physics). College astronomy was tough without advanced math.