# Steven H. Strogatz

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York

Articles: *Why Pi Matters*

Books: *The Joy of x *(Mariner, 2013), *Infinite Powers* (Houghton-Mifflin, 2019)

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**References within pages on this website:**

List of scholars

Strogatz on the Fourier Transform

Nexus of Transformation (August 2, 2019)

Pi is fundamental to everything

Cubic Close Packing (ccp)

Pi Day is 3.14… March 14

Most recent email: Friday, 5 April 2019

Of three related articles, today’s has a reference to your work and a link

to our page with references to your work:

https://81018.com/2015/12/19/strogatz/ (this page)

These are the three related articles:

https://81018.com/e8/ (Today, April 5. https://81018.com/e8/#SHS )

https://81018.com/maybe/ (Wednesday, April 3)

https://81018.com/standard_model/ (Tuesday, April 2)

At some point in time, the evidence will become

compelling enough, our scholarly community will have to address it;

and at that time, perhaps Wheeler’s comments will become true:

“Behind it all is surely an idea so simple, so beautiful, that

when we grasp it — in a decade, a century, or a millennium —

we will all say to each other, how could it have been otherwise?”

Thanks.

Third email: Friday, March 1, 2019

**RE**: *Why Pi Matters*, The New Yorker, March 13, 2015

Dear Prof. Dr. Steven Strogatz:

Out of your article, seemingly written with just a little impatience for the contrivance or forced-fit, Pi-to-Pi Day, you so brilliantly empowered learning about the Fourier series and for that I am most grateful.

On our bulletin board is a clip out of that article (attached). Beside it are three related dynamic images from our researching the generation of the sine and cosine waves.

Thanks again for all your work and inspiration.

PS. **Posted on the bulletin board**: Excerpt from *Why Pi Matters*, and three dynamic images. We have to go full circle, inside and out, to begin to understand the dynamics of strings.

Second email: Friday, December 18, 2015

Dear Prof. Dr. Steven Strogatz:

Congratulations on all you do.* Just wonderful.

My late-in-life exploratory was a result of helping a nephew with his high school geometry classes. We were charting the Planck base units to their natural

limits using base-2. It’s been fascinating. http://81018.com

https://81018.com/chart

Thanks again for your scholarship. Most helpful.

Most sincerely,

Bruce

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Bruce Camber

http://81018.com

*Of course, your book, *The Joy of x* (linked above), is everybody’s favorite.

First email: December 1, 2014

Dear Prof. Dr. Steven Strogatz-

I had been reading about you and I just tweeted:

“@stevenstrogatz Why not start with the most simple? …Planck Length?

Though an infinitesimal length, just double it and each result 202.34 times and we are out to the approximate size of the universe.”

I like your spirit and the way you write about math and life.

Now, it seems impossible, but using base-2 exponential notation, there are 101 notations

to the width of a typical hair (103 to the human egg), and then another 101 or so

to the approximate size of the Observable Universe. Kees Boeke did something like it in 1957 using base-10 in what he thought was 40 jumps (his book, *Cosmic View)*.

There’s something going on here. And, given you are an open person with all the cards on the table, face up, it would be great to hear your thoughts: https://81018.com/order/

If there is any merit here, might we talk a little about it? Thanks.

Most sincerely,

Bruce