In the early hours of Wednesday morning, March 14th, 2018, people all over the world were heartbroken to hear that Stephen Hawking died after a decades-long battle with ALS. But now that fans have had time to absorb the news, they’ve realized something important: He actually died on a pretty significant day for science. Twitter is freaking out that Hawking died on Pi Day, and we have to admit it’s a pretty cool coincidence.
If you’ve ever gone to elementary school, you know about Pi Day — March 14th, the day your math teacher probably went crazy about the number 3.14 and might have actually brought in some real pie for snack time. It’s normally a huge opportunity for lots of science learning experiences, and it’s probably a day that Hawking loved, too.
And people can’t stop freaking out about this coincidence.
Some people think it’s super typical that Hawking died on Pi Day — almost as if he planned his death for this day — and others just think it’s a beautiful way to honor the life he lived and all of the contributions he made to physics during his time on earth.
And this person pointed out that Hawking died on the same day as Albert Einstein’s birthday — an even cooler coincidence.
It seems fitting that Hawking died on Pi Day, which is such a huge day for science, and it seems to be giving a lot of people comfort as they mourn this legendary man. Something tells us he would definitely be happy to see all of these tweets — and maybe his death has inspired even more people to learn about science and what’s really behind Pi Day.
Hawking will never be forgotten, and now, the anniversary of his death will actually be surprisingly easy to remember, too. The world won’t be the same without him, but it will definitely be a better place because of him.