Pi Day

It’s Pi Day tomorrow! March the 14th, or 3/14 as written in the American MM/DD date format. This is of course a worldwide celebration of the mathematical constant which is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to the radius.

Ideas to celebrate Pi day:

  • Pi recitation contest. I reached 55 digits once but I’m currently down to 40: 3.1415926535897932384626433832795028841971
  • Pie eating contest (first you have to measure the circumference and radius of the pie to ensure that it is a perfect circle).
  • Hypnotise yourself on YTMND.
  • Allow your computer to celebrate pi day by making it calculate 256 million digits of pi!
  • Watch the film Pi.

A few facts:

  • In the movie The Matrix Reloaded, 314 seconds is "the length and breadth of the window" which Neo has to reach the "source" of the matrix.
  • In the Star Trek episode "Wolf in the Fold", when the computer of the Enterprise is taken over by an evil consciousness, Spock tells the computer to figure π to the last digit, which incapacitates the entity as all computer resources are devoted to this impossible task. (obviously the USS Enterprise doesn’t have dual-core technology. Could a forkbomb take down the USS Enterprise?)
  • In Time Warp Trio, Sam shuts down a threatening robot by telling it that his number was π.

Have a good Pi Day!

2 thoughts on “Pi Day

  1. Our school is holding an event for piday.. about 35 different games/stations that we are running for the elementry school children.. we are getting into groups and planning an event that has something to do with math/pi.

    The only thing is, we are not holding the event till 4/13 (pi backwards..).

    I’m pretty excited for it.. get’s my out of school and let’s us be creative.

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