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Mar 14

[ARCHIVED] Today is National Pi Day!

The original item was published from March 14, 2016 9:20 AM to March 14, 2016 9:20 AM

March 14th is National Pi Day
Did you know that Pi, π, was founded more than 4,000 years ago by Archimedes of Syracuse (287–212 BC), one of the greatest mathematicians of the ancient world! It was not until the 1700s that mathematicians started using the Greek symbol, π.

The 3rd month and the 14th day of the year is a consistent day to celebrate the mathematical constant π. Also known as pi, the first three and most recognized digits are 3.14, yet the number could go on.

Pi’s numerical value reaches somewhere in the hundreds of thousands digits! If we want to get technical the real number of pi is …3.1415926535897932384626433832795028841971693993751058
Mathematicians around the world are still unsure of pi’s ending!

National Pi Day is celebrated by pi enthusiasts and pie lovers a like! The earliest known official or large-scale celebration of Pi Day was organized by Larry Shaw in 1988 at the San Francisco Exploratorium. On March 12, 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a non-binding resolution recognizing March 14, 2009, as National Pi Day.

There are many different ways that people celebrate National Pi Day, come Pi-ticipate by:
  • Eating a slice of pie
  • Eat foods that start with Pi (i.e. pineapples and pizza)
  • Pie eating and baking contests
  • Discussing the importance of π in our everyday lives
  • More recently watching “Life of Pi” or the 1998 film, “Pi”
  • Dance to the music of Pi Day Rap song by Kate Bush
  • Write a Pi-Ku, that is a Haiku about Pi