Pi Mnemonics and the Art of Constrained Writing
Following the success of “Circle Digits”, my prose mnemonic for the first 402 digits of it that was published in The Mathematical Intelligencer in 1986, I began work on several even more ambitions mnemonics. I realized that, in esssence, the construction of a literary π mnemonic is a (rather difficult) form of constrained writing. Constrained writing is the art of constructing a work of prose or poetry that obeys some artificially-imposed constraint. (For example, the French novel La Disparition by George Perec does not contain the letter e.)
KeywordsMathematical Intelligencer Disturbing Sleep Closing Remark Punctuation Mark Single Constraint
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