Celebrate National Pi Day with pie

Joyce Lupiani

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Celebrate National Pi Day with pie

CREATED Mar. 14, 2013

(KTNV) -- Today is National Pi Day. Yes, Pi. Not pie. But lots of people celebrate Pi Day by eating pie.

Pi Day is always celebrated on March 14 since 3, 1 and 4 are the most significant digits of Pi in the decimal form.

Pi is the mathematical constant that allows for the calculation of the area inside a circle.

The earliest known large-scale celebration of Pi day was in 1988 at the San Francisco Exploratorium. It was organized by physicist Larry Shaw.

The United States House Representatives designated March 14 as Pi Day in 2009.

There are many ways of celebrating Pi Day but the most popular is eating pie.

This year at the Exploratorium, there will be a Pi shrine installation, a demonstration, and a Pi Parade. They will also sample slices of sweet pie.

In the past, Massachusetts Institute of Technology mailed it application decision letters to prospective students for delivery on March 14. It now posts the names online on Pi Day.

The town of Princeton, New Jersey, hosts numerous events including a pie-eating contest. It also celebrates Albert Einsteins birthday, who was born in Princeton, on March 14.

The mathematical constant has also been featured in television shows such as "The Simpsons" and "Star Trek" and the movies "The Matrix" and "Life of Pi."

Pi also inspired a new way to write poems called "piems." The goal is to write a poem where the length of each word is the same as the number in the pi sequence.

SOURCES

Pi Day in America -- HuffingtonPost.com

Pi Day -- Wikipedia.org

 

 

 

 

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