Art of π: Mathematical History and Literary Inspiration

Tatiana Bonch-Osmolovskaya
Proceedings of Bridges 2012: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2012)
Pages 79–84 Regular papers


The symbol π as a denotation for the constant ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter appears in the 17th century. In addition to mathematical applications, this number has been an inspiration to artists and poets for a long time. In this paper I present several texts, including poems by M. Keith, a number of Russian poets and myself, that represent a wide range of poetic possibilities inspired by the number π and its mathematical properties.