Batavia, Illinois: Fermilab Pi Power Poles

At Fermilab, the standard "H" electric power line poles have been tweaked to look like the mathematical symbol for Pi, kind of.

Address:
Road A, Batavia, IL
Directions:
I-88 exit onto Farnsworth Ave. N. Drive north three miles. Turn right onto Pine St. (As you enter Fermilab, you'll have to stop at a checkpoint and show a photo ID.) Drive east about 1.5 miles to Road A. Turn left (northeast) and travel a half-mile. The poles are along Road A.
Hours:
M-F 8:30-4:30, Sa 9-3 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
630-840-3000
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Pi Power Poles

Fermilab Pi Power Poles

Electric power line poles tend to be boring and utilitarian, but not at Fermilab. Robert Wilson, Fermilab's first director, was also an artist, and he tweaked the standard "H" electric power line poles to look like the mathematical symbol for Pi (the ratio of a circle's circumference to it's radius). Oh, those wild and wacky physicists! The Pi Power Poles can be seen along the length of Road A.

[John Takao Collier, 05/09/2018]

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