Alas, poor Melanie has been around me for too long. We got a new cat from
the Humane Society shelter on Saturday. I mentioned that a science type name would be cool. After tossing
around a name for her, Melanie came up with Pi (π).
Why Pi? Saturday was March 14, aka Pi Day (3.14).
We had planned to pick her up at 1:59 in the afternoon, but missed it by a few minutes - that would
have made the cat ours at 3.14159. That is fitting, I suppose, since she is not a pure breed feline
- just an approximation, like maybe Ptolemy’s value:
Note the numerator there: 377. That is the number we use often in RF propagation to represent the
impedance of free space, which is created on our electronic calculators by the operation 120 *
π ... So 120π/120 = π
. Sure, it is not a real identity, just an interesting coincidence. (see my
Melanie and Pi (π)
If you will send me an
if you have a pet with a name from science and include a photo, I will post it here.
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