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Not A Wake: A Dream Embodying π's Digits Fully for 10000 Decimals
A collection of short stories, poetry, plays, puzzles, and other surprises, all constructed according to the rigid rules of "Pilish", that peculiar variant of English in which the number of letters in successive words is required to follow the digits of the number π = 3.141592653..., in this case for a truly grand total of 10,000 decimals. The perfect book for fans of the number π, constrained writing, wordplay, puzzles, or experimental prose and poetry.
Go here to read more about it or order a copy.From Polychords to Polya: Adventures in Musical Combinatorics
How many different musical chords, or scales, or rhythms, are there? This book addresses questions such as these using the tools of mathematical combinatorics. Mathematical concepts which appear include binomial coefficients, necklace counting, Pascal's triangle, the Fibonacci sequence, and Polya counting theory. The book is accessible to the highschool or undergraduate student of mathematics or the musician with some math background.
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Constrained WritingLiquid Metaphor  A short story using the "heteroliteral" constraint.
Nine Views of Mt. Fuji  A set of poems using several complex constraints.
A Scrabble Tile Poem  using one complete set of tiles per stanza.
Yes & No  A poem constrained by an item you use 'most every day.
The Hydra  William Blake's The Tyger + the Periodic Table = this.
The Wiser Writer and The Inane Reader  A poem written entirely in alphametics.
Knotted Word Worms  A fiendishly difficult constraint.Texts Based On The Digits Of π
Writing in Pilish  An introduction to our favorite writing constraint.
Bemused  a 218digit poem in Basic Pilish.
Poe, E.: Near A Raven  Poe's "The Raven" in Standard Pilish (740 digits).
The π Play  A oneact play about Pilish written in Pilish (770 digits).
Cadaeic Cadenza  The world's secondlongest English π mnemonic (3835 digits).
Not A Wake  The current world record holder, at 10,000 digits.
Cruel Unending Drama  Based on an acrostic constraint.
Pieces of Centaurs  A 768digit mnemonic for the number 2π = τ (tau).
Accidental Pilish  Several nice examples, including the current world record.
Pilish World Classics  Cover pictures from some books in this imaginary series.Anagrams
Anagrams Long and Short  An introduction to the form, with examples.
RavenTwo  Poe's "The Raven" rearranged, in 1999, into a Y2Kscare satire.
Anagram with an embedded portrait of Edgar Allan Poe.
Autumn Aubades  Five anagram poems with embedded cartoons.
Stars of the Seasons  Four anagrams with hidden images of the night sky.
1,143,839,622,748,050,000,000,000,000 Sonnet Anagrams
Pictographie  A triple anagram and wordlength mnemonic for π, e, and φ.
ThreeWay Anagram Crossword  in which Across clues = Down clues = solution grid.Palindromes
A page of Original Palindromes  Poems, sentences, and more.
Edicide in Silopolis  A story about palindromy. Bonus: my favorite palindromes.Other Literary Topics
James Branch Cabell  All about an awesome American author.
The Number π
Lady Pi  Take a look at the picture of a person hidden in the digits of π!
The π code  Read the digits of π as English text, and see the hidden messages.
Geometric Patterns of π's Digits  in which the 'Feynman point' plays a key role.Special Numbers
Keith Numbers  They're all known up to 10^{29}. Can you find the next one?
Mari Numbers  A generalization of the above.
MarisMcGwireSosa Numbers  Learn what's special about the pair (61, 62).
666, the Number of the Beast  An large collection of mathematical facts about 666.
Repdigit Polygonal Numbers  My paper from the Journal of Integer Sequences.
All Numbers Are Interesting  A constructive demonstration.
Dottable Fractions  Expressions like 666/64676 = 6·6·6/6·46·76.
Wild Narcissistic Numbers  Numbers equal to strange functions of their digits.
Some Integer Conjectures  Become famous! Prove one of these!Prime Numbers
Primeval Numbers  Integers containing many embedded primes.
Bowling for Primes  Yes, there is a connection!
Queens attacking primes on Knight's Tours  a math puzzle on the chessboard.Math and Music
The Combinatorics of Musical Rhythm  See where Fibonacci comes into play.
Hear music composed by Conway's famous "Game of Life".
Hailstone music  Generated by sequences related to the Collatz Conjecture.Miscellanea Mathematical
Alphametics  An extensive collection of original cryptarithms.
All Small Connected Graphs  in pictures.
Calendar Curiosities  including the world's shortest dayofweek routine.
My ErdösBacon Number is 7.
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