Happy Pi Day

Yes I am this much of a nerd…here’s the info for those of you that are not so mathmatically inclined. Thanks to Wiki for the quick low down.

Pi Day and Pi Approximation Day are two holidays held to celebrate the mathematical constant π (pi). Pi Day is observed on March 14 (3/14 in American date format), due to π being equal to roughly 3.14. Sometimes it is celebrated on March 14 at 1:59 p.m. (commonly known as Pi Minute). If π is truncated to seven decimal places, it becomes 3.1415926, making March 14 at 1:59:26 p.m., Pi Second (or sometimes March 14, 1592 at 6:53:58 a.m.). Pi Approximation Day may be observed on any of several dates, most often July 22 (22/7 (European date format) is a popular approximation of π). March 14 also happens to be Albert Einstein‘s birthday.
The first Pi Day celebration was held at the San Francisco Exploratorium in 1988, with staff and public marching around one of its circular spaces, and then consuming fruit pies; the museum has since added pizza pies to its Pi Day menu.[1] The founder of Pi Day, the “Prince of Pi”, is Larry Shaw,[2] now retired from the Exploratorium, but still helping out with the celebrations. They have also recently added the first Pi Day celebrations in Second Life.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology often mails out its acceptance letters to be delivered to prospective students on Pi Day

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3 responses to “Happy Pi Day

  1. Heather

    Tyler came home with a Pi necklace. Each color bead corresponded to a color, and they strung the beads in the order of Pi. It was a fairly full string. I’ll have to ask him how many numbers past the decimal they went. Power to the geeks!!

  2. rachel carlson

    OY, my head hurts now….maybe that’s the fumes though – ugh! this is a GREAT post c – hee,hee!

  3. Houston

    Thanks for all the info:) But really we should have had a pie to celebrate!

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