Of Pies and Pans

Of Pies and Pans

In days gone by, there was a man
who often wondered why
the volume of a baking dish
relied so much on Pi.

He studied circles big and small
in hopes that he would find
the answer to this question that
so occupied his mind.

He posed his question to a man
who owned a bakery.
The baker said, “I don’t bake pies.
It’s cakes and bread for me.”

But then, one day, upon the street,
a poster caught his eye:
a competition that involved
consuming many pies.

This contest at the village fair
might offer the young man
the chance to learn how much would fit
inside a baking pan.

The day arrived, and Simon’s friends
stood waiting at his door.
They set off for the village fair,
and now the rest is lore.

Of pies and pans they talked that day.
An old man overheard.
“The answer here,” the stranger said,
“is in one simple word.”

A baking pan may hold a pie,
as long as it is round.
Its size, you see, relies on Pi,
the longest number found.”

“Pi, when used with the baking pan’s
circumference at the fair,
will tell you all you need to know,
unless the pies are square.”

And so it was, one sunny day,
when spring was in the air:
Simple Simon met a Pi man
while going to the fair.


Pi ~ 3.14 (ad infinititum) ~ has its very own day, Pi Day, March 14th (3/14).

Image source: bettycrocker.com

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