Today, March 14th, 2020 is Pi Day. It is a day to celebrate the mathematical constant pi (π). Some people feel today is the day to also eat lots of pie, however, I think in light of the recent school closures due to COVID-19, today should celebrate Pi and washing our hands while keeping a social distance from everyone.
Pi day is my second favourite day of the year after May 4th, (Star Wars day – May the Force Be With You). Living with teenagers also means they include April 20th as a day of mention and thankfully there is no 69th day of any month (although the 69th day is this year would have been March the 9th, 2020.
National Pi Day not only commemorates a very special number, but also celebrates the birthday of the great scientist and mathematician Albert Einstein.
Pi was first calculated by Archimedes of Syracuse (287–212 BC), one of the greatest mathematicians of the ancient world.
The National Pi Day Animal? The Pi-Thon
Can you recite pi? Some say, 3.1415… I say, apple, blueberry, boston creme, cherry…
What percentage of sailors are pi-rates? 3.14%
The math teacher announced that “Pi r squared”, and baker replies, “No, pies are round. Cakes are square.”
What do you get when you take the sun and divide its circumference by its diameter? You get Pi in the sky, of course.
Mama said never talk to strangers. Mummy said never talk to pi. He’ll go on forever.
What do teachers from Georgia like to eat for dessert? Peach pi.
Finally, if you ask a scientist what pi is, they will tell you it equals 3.14159.
If you ask a mathematician, they will tell you that pi equals the circumference of a circle divided by its diameter.
If you ask an engineer, they will say “Pi? Well, it’s just barely over 3, but we’ll call it 4 just to be safe.”
If you ask a very young child, they will ask if they can have ice cream with it.
If you ask my children, they will tell you that Pi can be calculated to 31.4 trillion digits as of 2019. They will then see which one can recite the most digits.