Happy Intl. Pi Approx. Day!
Those who were fortunate enough here in the states, celebrated Pi Day on March 14th. Those who are sticklers for math held a count down to 1:59:26 AM. This is, of course, because Pi, the ratio of a circle’s circumference to it’s diameter (in Euclidean space… to hell with elliptic geometry!). And Pi equals 3.14…
well actually 3.14159265358979323846264338327950288…
or more accurately
So on March 14th, or 3/14, it’s Pi day. Common tradition is to eat pie in it’s various forms; the standard dessert, mince meat pie, pot pie, pizza pie, etc. Listening to American Pie or watching one of the movies is also an option (though if you’re going to watch something, I’d recommend Pi). It’s also Einstein’s Birthday, so it’s a bit of a nexus of geeky celebration.
However, today is July 22, which if you take the date/month format often used in other countries is 22/7 or 3.1428571428571428571428571428571. Since this is closer to Pi than 3.14, and 22/7 is a common used estimate for Pi, today deserves as much celebration as well.
In the spirit, I urge you to take a moment today, reflect on what math and numbers have done for you… and go and enjoy some approximation of pie. Suggestions include: tarts, cornish pastry, cake, quiche, a pile of crust and filling on a plate (also known as “deconstructed” pie at overpriced restaurants), and whatever else you can come up with.