Happy Pi Day

Welcome math geeks! Today is March 14th, otherwise known as Pi Day.  The rest of you can follow along or look up the answers in the back of the book.

This year Pi Day is exceptionally special because not only is it March 14th but this is also 2014.  Which is also known as 3/14. 

All around the world math geeks or celebrate all things pi.  The traditional pie baking is cranking up this morning.  Which will be followed by the traditional Pi Day breakfast of pie.  If you get a chance swing by the Exploratorium Museum in San Francisco.  They are holding an all-day celebration of all things Pi and admission is free. Come early, the building has limited capacity and admission is not guaranteed.  No food or drink is allowed so sadly, you have to leave your pies at home.

Schedule of Events

1:00–3:30 p.m. Pi Activities with Explorables and the Explainers

1:00–3:30 p.m. Pizza Pie Dough Tossing with Pasquale’s Pizzeria

1:00–3:30 p.m. NanoJems: Million Digits of Pi

1:15 p.m. Why Pi? With Ron Hipschman and Lori Lambertson

1:30 p.m. Pi Procession Gathers

1:45 p.m. Pi Procession Begins

1:59 p.m. Pi Procession Arrives at Pi Shrine

2:15 p.m.Pie Serving!

2:30 p.m. Cinema Arts: Seeing Circles

The Pi Shrine.

As you can tell the Pi Procession arrives at the Pi Shrine precisely at 1:59.  In traditional families, the Pi Pie is served precisely at 1:59.  Family and guests slowly recite pi as Dad or Mom begins to carve the Pi Pie by bisecting its diameter.

Other Pi Day celebrations include group formations of pi, geometry parties, running of the 3.14 mile Pi marathon and the traditional hotdog toss. During which hot dogs are throw on to a floor marked with evenly spaced parallel lines.

Why? Because the proportion of hot dogs that cross the lines when they fall works out to be approximately 1 over Pi!

Traditionally pi Day celebrations end at 3:14 PM when celebrants form the Pi formation and recite pi from memory. One by one, people will drop out of the formation until person who has memorized the most digits is declared the winner.

Don’t forget to watch The Life of Pi.

Other Pi Day Links

Happy Pi Day 2012

Happy Pi Day 2010

Happy Pi Day 2007


Why are those three links special?

BTW: Today is Albert Einstein’s birthday.

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