Happy Pi Day!

The symbol for pi
The symbol for pi.

Happy Pi Day, everyone! What is Pi Day, you ask? It’s a celebration of March 14 (3.14) which is equal to pi as we learned it in basic math class. In reality, pi is an irrational number with an infinite number of digits after the decimal point. The most common length to see pi, past the most basic 3.14, is 3.14159265.

What is pi? Well, for those of us who have been out of school longer than we want to think about and those who may not have learned about pi yet, here is a simple explanation from WordNet: (n) pi (the ratio of the circumference to the diameter of a circle; approximately equal to 3.14159265358979323846…). Of course, pi is also the sixteenth letter of the Greek alphabet, but the mathematical meaning of pi is where Pi Day gets its name.

“]Pie decorated with the symbol pi
By Mike R Soldwisch (originally posted to Flickr as Pie for Pi day) (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)

So, how does one celebrate Pi Day? With pie, of course. At the time of writing this post, I haven’t yet decided which kind of pie I’ll be celebrating Pi Day with, but I’ve narrowed the choices down to pumpkin pie or chocolate pie. Believe me, it’s a tough decision.

To help you out with your Pi Day celebration, here are a few links you might find interesting or useful:

The official website for Pi Day — http://www.piday.org/

More info than you ever wanted on pi — http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pi

Recipes for pie — AllRecipes.com and PieRecipes.org

Whether you’re a mathematician or a non-mathematician (like me), enjoy a piece of pie in honor of Pi Day.


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