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Saturday, October 26, 2002
Pi (Π), e and i

I have had an enquiry from Mrs Trellis about the meaning of the titles of my books so irritatingly plagiarised by Jann Martel for his Booker prize-winning entry The Life of Pi. I apologise for not having made things clearer in my post of 23rd October.

Young Jann's book is called 'The Life of Pi'. Pi or Π is the symbol used for the constant mathematical relationship between the circumference of a circle and its diameter.

As I pointed out, this is a clear derivation from one of my works. 'The Life of e' is about e - the basis of natural logarithms. On the other hand, 'The Life of i' deals with i, the square root of minus 1, the basis of all imaginary numbers.

I do hope that that clears things up for you, Mrs Trellis.

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