3.14


Here’s a little geekery for you…

Happy Pi day!  I wish I could say that in honor of Pi day I ran 3.14 miles, but unfortunately, I forgot today was Pi day until after my near four mile run was over.  Oh, well.  Maybe next year?

Bit of history and tidbits about Pi day

Pi, Greek letter (π), is the symbol for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Pi Day is celebrated by math enthusiasts around the world on March 14th (3.14), and while I am by no means a math enthusiast, I am a bit of a geek at heart and love Pi day.

The origin of Pi Day is unknown and it is likely that it was first observed by many people. Possibly the earliest official or large-scale celebration of Pi Day was organized by Larry Shaw in 1988 at the San Francisco Exploratorium, where Shaw worked as a physicist, with staff and public marching around one of its circular spaces, then consuming fruit pies.  The Exploratorium continues to hold Pi Day celebrations.

On Pi Day 2004 Daniel Tammet recited a whooping 2,964 decimal digits of π.  Damn.

On March 12, 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a non-binding resolution recognizing March 14, 2009, as National Pi Day.

For Pi Day 2010, Google presented a Google Doodle celebrating the holiday, with the word Google laid over images of circles and pi symbols.

What some call “Real Pi Day” will be celebrated on March 14th, 2015 at 9:26:53 AM. These numbers (3/14/15, 9:26:53) correspond with the first 10 digits of pi (3.141592653).  Oh, my.

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One thought on “3.14

  1. I remember in Mr. Cheathams’ math class one year we had a party for Pi Day. We memorized as many numbers as we could, and got extra credit.

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