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Circles I: π pie

“Well, I had a vision when I was twelve. And I saw a man on a flaming pie, and he said, ‘You are the Beatles with an A.’ And so we are.”
CBS News: Out of a flaming pie comes The Beatles

“We can conclude that although the ancient Egyptians could not precisely define the value of π, in practice they used it”.
– Verner, M. (2003). The Pyramids: Their Archaeology and History, p. 70.

The Sun as flaming π: irrational & transcendental

pi pieIn symbolic code, the Sun is represented by a dot, a hole, a disc, a ring, 360°. The Sun is Ra’s flaming Eye. The Sun is also represented by various types of food, including pizza and pie. “Pie” has multiple meanings, and one of those meanings is a play on π (Pi), the mathematical representation of the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter.
π is an irrational number and cannot be expressed by a common fraction, but a close approximation would be 22/7. π is expressed as a decimal which neither ends nor repeats itself. It is a transcendental number (Wikipedia).
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