# The Adventures of $\pi$-Man: Measuring the Universe

by Lawrence Brenton (Wayne State University)

Award: Trevor Evans Award

Year of Award: 2011

Summary

In this article, the reader travels with the remarkable $\pi$ -Man as he measures his way from the Earth to the Universe. He measures the circumference of the Earth with just a pocket watch; he measures time and the weight of the Earth with a yardstick; and he measures the universe with no tools at all.

As he progresses, we move from the realm of Euclidean Geometry to Einstein‟s Special and General Theories of Relativity and to cutting edge work using the Hubble Telescope. And so with π-Man, we too understand “that geometry ($\gamma\epsilon\omicron\mu\epsilon\tau\rho\psi$) really means 'measuring the Earth'."