Ábkeiskūkơ̄: the circle constant. On Sun, Mar 14, 2010 at 6:56 PM, Alex Fink <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > On Sun, 14 Mar 2010 16:37:06 -0400, Daniel Demski <[log in to unmask]> > wrote: > > >In honor of pi day I ask, how is pi referred to in your conlang? > > I haven't named pi in any of my conlangs yet; I'm not sure whether any of > their speaker communities have the mathematical abstraction to name the > ratio, even if their surveyors' manuals and the like will contain > approximations. > > The Sabasasaj speakers presumably use base 120 for numbers less than 1 even > if they might use something else beyond 120 (I haven't decided!), and to > them it would come very naturally to use the approximation 377/120: that's > _sinaa im khjubia im lidaia phiansuuias_ three and ten and seven 120ths. > > Anyhow, it's really 2*pi which is the natural quantity mathematically: see > http://www.math.utah.edu/~palais/pi.html . > It's basically a historical accident that half of 2*pi is the quantity that > ended up with a name. I might well choose a different rational multiple of > it to name in a naturalistic conlang, if ever I get there. One that seems > tempting is pi/4, the ratio of both the area and the perimeter of a circle > to its circumscribing square. > > Alex >