Happy National Pi Day! Rachel Hintz

March 14th is National Pi Day!

Why Celebrate?

I work for a publishing company, and we specialize in college level mathematics textbooks. I mainly work on graphic design for our small but awesome company, but sometimes I get to do fun things like post facts about pi and other awesome math related trivia to our company’s Facebook page. I love it. If I wasn’t so obsessed with design, typography, and other artsy areas, you can bet I would be doing something involving math. That’s why this job is such a perfect fit for me. It appeals to both sides of my brain. So, when it comes to pi day, you can bet that no pi puns are off limits here at work. Pi day is a pretty big day in the math nerd world. And I am allowed to say that because I am a self-proclaimed math nerd.

Pi Day celebrates π, the Greek letter, which is used as a symbol in mathematics that represents the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Since pi is approximately 3.14, and today is March 14th (3/14), the time is right for celebrating all things pi.

Pi is a constant, which is cool because you know that it will always represent the same value, universally, all around the world. The value of pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point, but because it is an irrational and transcendental number, it will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern. (Is my nerd showing?) Isn’t that super cool? I mean, literally, no one can know the end of it. It goes on FOR-EV-VER. FORRR-EVVV-VERRR. Some savants and crazy geniuses have committed pi to memory out to thousands and thousands of places, but no matter how amazing their memory is, they will never reach the end. It really boggles my mind that this number continues out without any repetitive pattern. Like, how crazy is that?! It is completely unique unto itself. Definitely worth celebrating.

How to Celebrate

Make a pi pie. Naturally. There are helpful instructions and recipes all over the internet. Like I told you, math nerds are pretty into Pi Day. And you can find a lot of math nerds all over the internet. Google “Pi Day” and you may be overwhelmed, and yet inspired in other ways to celebrate this wonderful, nerdy day.

Video of the Day

Daniel Tammet, an amazing math genius and self proclaimed savant, memorized pi to 20,000 places. Boom. Check it!


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