Geek Out: Happy π (Pi) Day 2012!

Happy 3/14, also known as March 14 also known as (π) Pi day.  It’s probably not a day that everyone celebrates but it’s a great day to celebrate our love of math and science.   You won’t find a card in the hallmark store to send to your loved ones but you can definitely celebrate.  I came across this “how to” article over at The Next Web and it gives you many different ways that you can celebrate today.  Which one(s) do you like? What are you going to do?  I’ll tell you my favorites but first some facts courtesy of The Next Web.

π is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter (i.e. π=C/d) and is approximately equal to 3.14159 (though it never ends). The Greek letter π is used because it’s the first letter of the word περίμετρος (perimeter in Greek).  π is fascinating because of its importance in so many scientific calculations and because it’s an irrational number, meaning that its value cannot be expressed exactly as a fraction having integers in both the numerator and denominator. As a result its decimal representation never ends and never repeats. A lot of effort has been put into calculating it and the latest record is at 5 trillion decimal places. Due to the simplicity of its definition, π is the most recognized mathematical concept and has a strong position in popular culture. How many digits of π can you recite? 3.141592654 – those are the only ones I can remember without looking it up.  It may also be found in various Greek fraternity names as well.

Out of all the ways to celebrate here are my favorites:

  • Make Ï€(Pi)ancakes, hopefully in the shape of Ï€ – Waffle bot may be upset but pancakes are tasty
  • Eat Key Lime Pie that my girlfriend made – mmmm yummy

I guess I’m just hungry today.

Also today’s Google doodle is cool and celebrates Akira Yoshizawa’s 101st birthday.  He is considered the grandfather of modern origami.

So Happy π day!! Enjoy!!