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`\pi` Day 2021 Art Posters - A forest of Pi (a Lindenmayer system)
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81 digits of `\pi` as a forest of trees: standard, bat cave and underwater editions. ( BUY ARTWORK )
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The 2021 Pi Day art celebrates the digits of `\pi` with a forest! Visit the bat cave and underwater ecosystems for the full experience.

`pi` Day 2013 Art Posters


Pi Art Posters
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2021 `\pi` reminds us that good things grow for those who wait.' edition.

Pi Art Posters
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2019 `\pi` has hundreds of digits, hundreds of languages and a special kids' edition.

Pi Art Posters
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2018 `\pi` day stitches street maps into new destinations.

Pi Art Posters
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2017 `\pi` day imagines the sky in a new way.


Pi Art Posters
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2016 `\pi` approximation day wonders what would happen if about right was right.

Pi Art Posters
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2016 `\pi` day sees digits really fall for each other.

Pi Art Posters
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2015 `\pi` day maps transcendentally.

Pi Art Posters
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2014 `\pi` approx day spirals into roughness.


Pi Art Posters
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2014 `\pi` day hypnotizes you into looking.

Pi Art Posters
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2014 `\pi` day

Pi Art Posters
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2013 `\pi` day is where it started

Pi Art Posters
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Circular `\pi` art and other distractions

On March 14th celebrate `\pi` Day. Hug `\pi`—find a way to do it.

For those who favour `\tau=2\pi` will have to postpone celebrations until July 26th. That's what you get for thinking that `\pi` is wrong. I sympathize with this position and have `\tau` day art too!

If you're not into details, you may opt to party on July 22nd, which is `\pi` approximation day (`\pi` ≈ 22/7). It's 20% more accurate that the official `\pi` day!

Finally, if you believe that `\pi = 3`, you should read why `\pi` is not equal to 3.

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Most of the art is available for purchase as framed prints and, yes, even pillows. Sleep's never been more important — I take custom requests.

2013 was the first year in which I made `\pi` day art. It was a year of dots and love.

René Hansen has created an interactive version of this year's posters! Why not go to the Feynman point directly!

All the posters are also available without the "`\pi` day 3 · 14" inscription.

Pi Day Art Poster / Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca buy artwork
768 digits of `\pi` up to the Feyman point. (PNG, BUY ARTWORK )
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768 digits of `\pi`, up to the Feyman point (left), `e` (middle) and `\phi` (right). (PNG, BUY ARTWORK )
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768 digits of `\pi`, up to the Feyman point (left), `e` (middle) and `\phi` (right). (PNG, BUY ARTWORK )

700 digits (20 x 35)

`\pi_i` / grey 80% opacity

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Pi Day Art | March 14th is Pi Day. Celebrate with this post-modern poster. (PNG, BUY ARTWORK )

`\pi_i`/`\pi_{i+1}` 80% opacity

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Pi Day Art | March 14th is Pi Day. Celebrate with this post-modern poster. (PNG, BUY ARTWORK )

2,800 (40 x 70) digits

`\pi_i` / grey 80% opacity (equal neighbours connected)

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Pi Day Art | March 14th is Pi Day. Celebrate with this post-modern poster. (PNG, BUY ARTWORK )

`\pi_i` / `\pi_{i+1}` 80% opacity (equal neighbours connected)

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Pi Day Art | March 14th is Pi Day. Celebrate with this post-modern poster. (PNG, BUY ARTWORK )

— / `\pi_{i+1}` (equal neighbours connected, unconnected digits not shown)

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Pi Day Art | March 14th is Pi Day. Celebrate with this post-modern poster. (PNG, BUY ARTWORK )

`\pi_i` / `\pi_{i+1}` (equal neighbours connected with line width proportional to difference in neighbour digits `d in \{0,1,2\}`, unconnected digits not shown)

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Pi Day Art | March 14th is Pi Day. Celebrate with this post-modern poster. (PNG, BUY ARTWORK )

`\pi_i` / `\pi_{i+1}` (equal neighbours connected with line width proportional to difference in neighbour digits `d in \{0...5\}`, unconnected digits not shown)

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Pi Day Art | March 14th is Pi Day. Celebrate with this post-modern poster. (PNG, BUY ARTWORK )

`\pi` : — / red (equal neighbours connected, unconnected digits not shown)
`\phi` : — / white (equal neighbours connected, unconnected digits not shown)
`e` : — / grey (equal neighbours connected, unconnected digits not shown)

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Pi Day Art | March 14th is Pi Day. Celebrate with this post-modern poster. (PNG, BUY ARTWORK )

11,400 (80 x 140) digits

`\pi_i` / grey 80% opacity (equal neighbours connected)

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Pi Day Art | March 14th is Pi Day. Celebrate with this post-modern poster. (PNG, BUY ARTWORK )

`\pi_i` / `\pi_{i+1}` 80% opacity (equal neighbours connected)

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Pi Day Art | March 14th is Pi Day. Celebrate with this post-modern poster. (PNG, BUY ARTWORK )

`\pi_i` / grey 80% opacity (equal neighbours connected, unconnected digits not shown)

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Pi Day Art | March 14th is Pi Day. Celebrate with this post-modern poster. (PNG, BUY ARTWORK )

`\pi_i` / `\pi_{i+1}` 80% opacity (equal neighbours connected, unconnected digits not shown)

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Pi Day Art | March 14th is Pi Day. Celebrate with this post-modern poster. (PNG, BUY ARTWORK )

love in `\pi`

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Pi Day Art | March 14th is Pi Day. Celebrate with this post-modern poster. (PNG, BUY ARTWORK )
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Pi Day Art | March 14th is Pi Day. Celebrate with this post-modern poster. (PNG, BUY ARTWORK )
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Music for the Moon: Flunk's 'Down Here / Moon Above'

Sat 29-05-2021

The Sanctuary Project is a Lunar vault of science and art. It includes two fully sequenced human genomes, sequenced and assembled by us at Canada's Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre.

The first disc includes a song composed by Flunk for the (eventual) trip to the Moon.

But how do you send sound to space? I describe the inspiration, process and art behind the work.

Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
The song 'Down Here / Moon Above' from Flunk's new album History of Everything Ever is our song for space. It appears on the Sanctuary genome discs, which aim to send two fully sequenced human genomes to the Moon. (more)

Browse the genome discs.

Happy 2021 `\pi` Day—
A forest of digits

Sun 14-03-2021

Celebrate `\pi` Day (March 14th) and finally see the digits through the forest.

Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
The 26th tree in the digit forest of `\pi`. Why is there a flower on the ground?. (details)

This year is full of botanical whimsy. A Lindenmayer system forest – deterministic but always changing. Feel free to stop and pick the flowers from the ground.

Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
The first 46 digits of `\pi` in 8 trees. There are so many more. (details)

And things can get crazy in the forest.

Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
A forest of the digits of '\pi`, by ecosystem. (details)

Check out art from previous years: 2013 `\pi` Day and 2014 `\pi` Day, 2015 `\pi` Day, 2016 `\pi` Day, 2017 `\pi` Day, 2018 `\pi` Day and 2019 `\pi` Day.

Testing for rare conditions

Sun 30-05-2021

All that glitters is not gold. —W. Shakespeare

The sensitivity and specificity of a test do not necessarily correspond to its error rate. This becomes critically important when testing for a rare condition — a test with 99% sensitivity and specificity has an even chance of being wrong when the condition prevalence is 1%.

We discuss the positive predictive value (PPV) and how practices such as screen can increase it.

Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
Nature Methods Points of Significance column: Testing for rare conditions. (read)

Altman, N. & Krzywinski, M. (2021) Points of significance: Testing for rare conditions. Nature Methods 18:224–225.

Standardization fallacy

Tue 09-02-2021

We demand rigidly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty! —D. Adams

A popular notion about experiments is that it's good to keep variability in subjects low to limit the influence of confounding factors. This is called standardization.

Unfortunately, although standardization increases power, it can induce unrealistically low variability and lead to results that do not generalize to the population of interest. And, in fact, may be irreproducible.

Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
Nature Methods Points of Significance column: Standardization fallacy. (read)

Not paying attention to these details and thinking (or hoping) that standardization is always good is the "standardization fallacy". In this column, we look at how standardization can be balanced with heterogenization to avoid this thorny issue.

Voelkl, B., Würbel, H., Krzywinski, M. & Altman, N. (2021) Points of significance: Standardization fallacy. Nature Methods 18:5–6.

Graphical Abstract Design Guidelines

Fri 13-11-2020

Clear, concise, legible and compelling.

Making a scientific graphical abstract? Refer to my practical design guidelines and redesign examples to improve organization, design and clarity of your graphical abstracts.

Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
Graphical Abstract Design Guidelines — Clear, concise, legible and compelling.

"This data might give you a migrane"

Tue 06-10-2020

An in-depth look at my process of reacting to a bad figure — how I design a poster and tell data stories.

Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
A poster of high BMI and obesity prevalence for 185 countries.