A day when Mathematicians and Bakers unite!
Today is one of those rare days when both Mathematicians and Bakers have something in common to celebrate. What’s that you ask? Well, it is the love for Pi. 14th March marks the celebration of Pi Day.
Today is also celebrated as the birthday of Albert Einstein who was born on the same day in 1879. What? You don’t like maths? Then have some Pi. Today we talk about Pi Day.
What is Pi Day?
Pi Day is celebrated every year on 14 March as this date in the month/day format says 3/14 and 3, 1, and 4 are the first three figures of the numerical value of Pi. Pi Day celebrates the number Pi which is one of the most prominent numbers in mathematics and also represents the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter.
History and Significance
Pi’s value was first calculated by Archimedes and was later accepted in the scientific community when Leonhard Euler used and popularized the symbol of Pi in 1737. In 1988, former physicist Larry Shaw was the first person to connect 14th March with 3.14 and celebrated the first Pi Day with fruit pies and tea the same year.
Now every year Pi Day is celebrated on 14th March where people celebrate it by making, eating, and throwing pies and competitions are held in schools and other groups to recite the value of Pi to the highest number of decimal places.
Fun Facts About Pi Day
Here are some fun facts about Pi Day:
- Pi Day happens to be the birth anniversary of Albert Einstein and the death anniversary of Stephen Hawking.
- Many pizza chains and businesses offer Pi Day deals which mostly consist of buying pi or pizza for $3.14.
- The Pi symbol is the first letter of the Greek word ‘perimetros’ which loosely translates to ‘circumference’.
- Pi has been in existence for around 4000 years.
- Pi is usually rounded down to 3.14 but its value can go on forever.
- From the record in Guinness Book of World Records, the most accurate value of Pi was calculated to more than 62 trillion digits by the University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland last year in August.
- Since the exact value of Pi is not known, we can never find the exact and accurate area or circumference of a circle.
- The calculation of the value of Pi is used as a stress test for a computer processor.
- Every year on Pi Day, a circular parade happens in the Exploratorium science museum where each participating person holds one digit in the number Pi.
Do you know any more fun facts about Pi? Let us know in the comments.