Happy 3/14, also known as March 14 also known as (Ï€)Â Pi day. Â Itâ€™s probably not a day that everyone celebrates but itâ€™s a great day to celebrate our love of math and science. Â You wonâ€™t find a card in the hallmark store to send to your loved ones but you can definitely celebrate. Â I came across this â€œhow toâ€ article over at The Next Web and it gives you many different ways that you can celebrate today. Â Which one(s) do you like? What are you going to do? Â Iâ€™ll tell you my favorites but first some facts courtesy of The Next Web.
Ï€ is the ratio of a circleâ€™s circumference to its diameter (i.e. Ï€=C/d) and is approximately equal to 3.14159 (though it never ends). The Greek letter Ï€ is used because itâ€™s the first letter of the word Ï€ÎµÏÎ¯Î¼ÎµÏ„ÏÎ¿Ï‚ (perimeter in Greek). Â Ï€ is fascinating because of its importance in so many scientific calculations and because itâ€™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, Ï€ is the most recognized mathematical concept and has a strong position in popular culture. How many digits ofÂ Ï€ can you recite? 3.141592654 â€“ those are the only ones I can remember without looking it up. Â 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€ â€“ Waffle bot may be upset but pancakes are tasty
- Eat Key Lime Pie that my girlfriend made â€“ mmmm yummy
I guess Iâ€™m just hungry today.
Also todayâ€™s Google doodle is cool and celebrates Akira Yoshizawaâ€™s 101st birthday. Â He is considered the grandfather of modern origami.
So HappyÂ Ï€ day!! Enjoy!!