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God was delighted. It was during these times of intense creativity that he found himself happiest. The pleasure of creating something from completely nothing was incomparable. It was way more interesting than maintaining and managing a running system.

He had a lot of plans for this cycle of the universe; things he had been planning for eons during the last cycle. In fact, it was with a lot of glee that he had embarked on the last Big Crunch- take it all back to nothing and start building again.

The previous day, he had given shape to the basic structure. He had decided on what percentage of the universe should be matter and what percentage energy. Then with a wicked grin, he had made 78% of it invisible – let them try and figure that out! They might call it dark energy and dark matter for all he knew!

Later on, he put in his latest inventions – protons. He liked their positive nature. But then he also had to add equal number of electrons. He did that reluctantly, frowning at their negativity. Once the basic building blocks were ready, he had wound up for the first day.

It was on the second day that he added shapes- all the potential shapes that could exist in this cycle of the universe. The easiest was the triangle. He liked the three-sides-three-angles shape. Quite simple and basic. Besides, he liked the number three.  The rectangle was a tad more complex but logical after the creation of the triangle. Step by step, he created the pentagon, the hexagon etc. As he created each shape, he fed that into the production server.

It was right at the end that he had the brainwave. He had visualized a completely new shape. It was more symmetrical than any shape before that. It was simple, elegant and curvaceous. It was a masterpiece of creation. Its sheer symmetry and beauty took his breath away. As he created the prototype, he looked at the properties on his computer – it was perfect. The perimeter was always proportional to a straight line drawn between any two points of the shape, passing through the center. He decided to call such a line the diameter. In fact, what delighted him most was that the perimeter to diameter ratio was a perfect number – three – irrespective of the size of the shape. God permitted himself the luxury of rubbing his hands in glee (thereby inadvertently also creating electricity).

He would now upload this perfect shape into the production server. He looked at the console – the magic ratio, 3, was visible on the screen. He hesitated a moment before pressing the button, drinking in the number.

It was at that precise moment that his pesky little brother, Devil barged into the workshop.

‘Dude, what is this amazing shape?’ he asked lunging at the perfect shape. As God’s finger pressed the button, devil touched the shape, which immediately lost its perfection.

God stared at the screen aghast. It said…


Shape – Circle

Perimeter to Diameter ratio – 3.1415926535… Oh damn, it doesn’t stop!!

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Comments ( 8 )

        • Sony says:

          Wonderful twist to creation. :-)

        • ramgopal vallath says:

          hey Sony, sorry, saw the message only now. Thanks!!

        • Alisson says:

          May25Kevin Houston Dear Akram,Thanks for your message! I bvlieee that the limit really is a circle. Of course to see this we really need to know what a limit is and that’s tricky to write in a blog post because we can’t use many maths symbols. First though let us label the jagged curves, call them C_n for the nth curve. As n gets bigger these curves get closer to a circle. The important point is that if you give me some number E then I can find an N such that all C_n, with n bigger than N, lie within the circle of radius 1+E. That’s what I mean mathematically by limit. We can picture this as the circle of radius 1+E squashing the jagged curve onto the circle as E goes to 0.If you are happy with the definition of the limit of a sequence, then compare it to this. Maybe that will make it clearer!

        • ramgopal vallath says:

          Have no idea why such an interesting comment came on my Blog. But thanks for mathematically upgrading our lives :-)

        • WilliamLync says:

          I have read so many articles concerning the blogger lovers however this piece of writing is actually a fastidious post, keep it up.

        • Rahul says:

          Fantastic one RamG

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