Happy Pi Day!

Today is March 14th, so that makes it my second favourite day after May the 4th.

On May the 4th, I can say to everyone; “May the 4th be with you”.

Today, I can wish everyone a Happy Pi Day!

For those of you who do not know what Pi is, an explanation follows.

Since I suspect most of you already do know about Pi, so you can go back to solving quadratic equations with an abacas.

Pi or π – which looks a lot like a Hebrew letter, a table or Prince’s name when he wanted to be a symbol – is actually the Latin name of this Greek letter and is pronounced “pie”.

Here is a little more information; some of it comes to me via Wikipedia – of course; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pi

So how does that Greek letter become part of modern day mathematics )the keeners always ask me this question), well it might be because “π” is the first letter of the Greek word περίμετρος which translated to English means perimeter. The ratio of the perimeter to the diameter, is constant for all circles, so if it never changes old world scholors thought it must have a Greek or Latin name, hence Pi.

Some fun facts about Pi:

π is an irrational number, its decimal representation does not repeat, and therefore does not terminate. This has fascinated mathematicians and regular people like you and I for year, as we try to recite Pi to as many decimal places that we can remember.

The decimal representation of π = 3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937510…

The Guinness Book of World Records record for remembered digits of π is 67,890 digits, held by Lu Chao, a 24-year-old graduate student from China. It only took him 24 hours and 4 minutes to recite π to the 67,890th decimal place without an error.

Crazy, eh?

Kids these days have too much time on their hands.


Happy Pi Day!!!

Update: Thanks to Mapsgirl, I learned something new about Pi Day. I learned that March 14th is also known as Steak and BJ day as it falls one month after Valentines day, and everyone knows Valentine’s day is all about the ladies, hence, Steak and BJ day is all about the guys.

Unfortunately, I saw this too late to celebrate… We have no steak in the house.


2 thoughts on “Happy Pi Day!

  1. mapsgirl March 16, 2011 / 9:57 am

    How many times have I comment on your blog with a typo in my blog url?? Oh well…it’s fixed now.


  2. mapsgirl March 16, 2011 / 9:56 am

    You should Google to see what else March 14th is. Hint: It’s one month after Valentine’s Day. LOL!


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