I loved Seth Godin’s blog post from 3.14.15, known famously as Pi day. In case you missed it, here is an excerpt from “Magical and Irrational”:
Pi is our most famous irrational number. Not irrational in the sense that it’s a foolish argument, a form of wishing for one thing while doing another. No, pi is irrational in a magical, beautiful sense. It can’t be cropped off and fit into a box. The closer you look at pi, the more you see, forever.
And that sort of irrational magic is at the heart of our best work. Meeting spec works fine as long as you’re the only person who has to meet spec. But in any competitive environment, fitting into a box does us little good.
To be transcendent and irrational is to always have a few more digits to spare, to demand that you not be rounded off and filed away. To be human.
I saw this graphic posted on one of the many posts celebrating the day. This image shows the progression of the first 10,000 digits of Pi. How amazing that we live in such an organized, mathematical, beautifully designed universe.