Lucy Tuning Pi with Diamonds – 2014 Pi Day Song Lyric Contest

Lucy Tuning Pi with Diamonds

 

Lyrics by Rebecca Mercuri
Music by The Beatles
Sung to the tune of “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”

 

Picture yourself in a world without angles
Where tangent of 90 is not undefined
Circumference of unit diameter circle
Is three point one four one five nine

 

Petals of flowers go spiraling ‘round
With ratios golden and red [1]
Brightness of light of the sun in your eyes
Inverse-square

 

Lucy tuning [2] Pi with diamonds
Lucy tuning Pi with diamonds
Lucy tuning Pi with diamonds
Aaaaahhhhh…

 

Laminar bubbles [3] will animate fountains
With tiny computers called Raspberry Pi’s
Everyone smiles at the Fibonacci flowers
The Level 3 Pi in the sky [4]

 

Newton and Kepler found orbiting Pi
Keeps us from flying away
Pyramid great [5] with its head in the clouds
Polygon [6]

 

Lucy tuning Pi with diamonds
Lucy tuning Pi with diamonds
Lucy tuning Pi with diamonds
Aaaaahhhhh…

 

Picture yourself on a train hearing Doppler
With sinusoid wavefronts phased Pi over 2
Beautifully infinite and trancendental
The proof of irrational Pi [7]

 

Lucy tuning Pi with diamonds
Lucy tuning Pi with diamonds
Lucy tuning Pi with diamonds
Aaaaahhhhh…

 

[repeat Pi times then fade out]

 

Footnotes for uncommon references:

[1] Plant flowering is affected by red:far-red light ratio.
http://aob.oxfordjournals.org/content/96/2/169.full.pdf

[2] Lucy Tuning – a musical scale based on Pi intervals.
http://www.lucytune.com/new_to_lt/pitch_01.html

[3] Calculations for Laminar Flow Water Fountains based on Pi.

http://hackedgadgets.com/2012/04/09/diy-laminar-flow-water-fountains/

[4] Pi Stage 25 password for This is the Only Level 3 game.
https://armorgames.com/community/thread/9033426/this-is-the-only-level-3

[5] Phi, Pi and the Great Pyramid of Egypt at Giza
http://www.goldennumber.net/phi-pi-great-pyramid-egypt/

[6] Pi and Archimedes Polygon Pi Approximation
https://www.math.dartmouth.edu/~m56s13/Han_proj.pdf

[7] Elementary Proof that Pi is Irrational
http://www.coolissues.com/mathematics/Pi/pi.htm