# A motivated and simple proof that pi is irrational

Today is 3/14/15 — Super Pi Day — so was I telling my 7-year-old son all about the number $\pi$ this afternoon.  When I told him that $\pi$ keeps on going forever and ever he asked “How do you know that?”  Although I don’t know a proof that I could explain to a 7-year-old, I wanted to record the following proof which uses only basic calculus.  It is essentially Niven’s famous proof, as generalized by Alan Parks, but I have tried to write it in a way which is more motivated than the usual treatments.  As a bonus, the proof also shows that e is irrational.