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The Pi Day of the Century
By Susan K. Smith   
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Last edited: Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2015

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Pie? Where was this holiday when I was a kid?

wikipedia.com/Pi pie
March 14, 2015 at the time of 9:26 AM and 53 seconds will be a day and a moment that will not be repeated for another century.

3.14.15  9:26:53 

And March 14, or 3/14, has been known as Pi Day, as the irrational number, Pi, is ... you guessed it:
3.141592653 ... 

Where was this holiday when I was a kid?

Pi Day celebration was founded by Larry Shaw and it was first held in 1988 at the San Francisco Exploratorium.  The staff and the public marched about the circular space, then they ate fruit pies.  It also shares the date of March 14 with Albert Einstein's birthday.  [reference:  timeanddate.com/holidays/world/pi-day]

But for this once in a century event:

*  Venders are ready for it.

Such as:  Pi Day T Shirts, Shirts & Tees | Custom Pi Day Clothing

* Teachers have a teachable moment for their students.

Such as:  How to Celebrate Pi Day in Your Classroom | Edutopia

*  Bakers are in on it, too.

Such as:  Celebrate Pi Day! March 14, 2015 | American Pie Council

And what better tribute to this irrational number than


* Calculating Pi with Pie:



And  may we have our Pi and eat it, too.  So on this delicious note, I introduce another thread -

Numbers  

And may the number of Numbers multiply in this new series.

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For a brief history of Pi: 

Pi . Math.com


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Photo from: wikipedia/Pi pie

Web Site: smithsk: Numbers (part 1) - The Pi Day of the Century


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Reviewed by Ronald Hull 3/11/2015
How could I have missed seeing this somewhere! You certainly come up with some interesting articles. Now that I know, I will watch media activity on the 15th when we are scheduled to see a performance of Cirque du Soleil here in Houston. I will see if they use pi in calculating their complex acts.

In high school, and later, using slide rule engineering in college, 3.1416 seemed fully adequate for most calculations. However, our resident genius mathematics instructor, Warren Z. Watson, the subject of a memoir I wrote about him and posted here in the story section some time ago, felt otherwise. With the help of the university's newly acquired IBM 1120 computer and its printer, as well as some students, Mr. Watson had the computer calculate and print out pi. He then had the students cut out the significant digits and attached the ends of the paper together and then placed them in the hallway on the second floor of Bowman Hall. The resulting string of digits went down one hall to the end and then turned around and came back all the way down the hall over the top of all the doorways. I don't know how many digits there were in all, I'm sure that Watson knew, but it was an impressive display of pi and the power of calculation by the computer that took many hours to calculate and print at that time… 1961.

Ron

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