Put on your oven mits and specs… it’s National Pi Day
Geeks unite for a day of baked goods and brain teasers.
Pi (∏) is 3.14. Today is 3-14. Get it? Clever, isn’t it!
At this point, our math illiterate readers are wondering what’s so special about pi. What about 17, 54,980, or 348,973.023? Well, all numbers are special *big hug* but pi is ultra-special because it’s an irrational, transcendental number that can continue infinitely without repeating…as far as we know. (We’ve only calculated to 1 trillion places past the decimal point but so far it hasn’t repeated.)
Pi also represents the relationship between the diameter of a circle and its circumference. In the differential geometry world, curves are intriguing and awesome. I think that makes circles, like, the zenith of awesome.
Pi is also special because it sounds like pie. 17 and 54,980 don’t sound like anything that you want to eat, do they? Didn’t think so. And that is why they don’t get their own day of the year or a blog post dedicated to them.
Now, just how does one celebrate Pi Day? You can:
- Get excellent Pi Swag for you and your friends! T-shirts, hats, clocks, and even songs you can use for your ringtone.
- Check out your local science center and see what events they have planned. Many places throughout the US are hosting special exhibits.
- Take the Pi Challenge, a series of puzzles and tests that will make you demonstrate a bit of mental fortitude.
- Get baking! This method of celebration has the best payoff, in my opinion. According to a survey by Crisco, apple, pumpkin and pecan pie are the most popular pies in the US. Bake whatever you want but do not bake a Boston Cream Pie because it’s not a pie. It’s a cake. That sorta’ defeats the purpose.
- If you must bake a cake, be sentimental and make a birthday cake for Albert Einstein, whose birthday is March 14! You can chow down while watching Einstein and Edison (2008) and Young Einstein (1988).