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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 prizewinning 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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