Pi Day has math world buzzing

Welcome to Pi Day, which sadly does not include anything baked by my granny. pi-day

Rather, Pi Day is about math, which journalists are generally not as good at as dessert consumption, and celebrates a never-ending number usually abbreviated to 3.14 (or 3.14159 by those toting big calculators).

Pi is useful for figuring out stuff about circles (and wheels, which are useful on things like cars).

The U.S. government, which can’t balance a budget using addition and its tricky pal, subtraction, saw fit to recognize 3/14 as Pi Day in 2009.

Ever since, the buzz has been growing.

Today, there’s even a website about Pi Day that offers to sell you stuff.

The history of pi is almost as long as an irrational number.

“The only constant is change,” said Heraclitus circa 500 B.C.

A nice quote, but a couple hundred years later fellow ancient Greek Archimedes stewed up the formula that nerds celebrate even today.

So here’s to pi! Let’s hope Pi Day founder Larry Shaw is out there right now celebrating by figuring out the diameter of a manhole in busy traffic.

23 comments Add your comment

JF McNamara

March 14th, 2012
12:47 pm

What’s up with the hate?

Dana P.

March 14th, 2012
1:08 pm

Pi Day was always so much fun when my kids were in primary and middle school and everyone brought various pies to school. Yummy!

CB

March 14th, 2012
1:22 pm

Pi r (not) squared, Pi r ’round!

David Granger

March 14th, 2012
1:44 pm

Boy, those math geeks are really going to wet their pants in three years, when Pi Day will be 3/14/15.

teacher

March 14th, 2012
2:02 pm

Why do people who embrace academics get deemed with terms that are derogatory?
I am sorry, but I am tired of dealing with stupid people and their disdane for school and academics.
Nice headline from a paper of idiots.

Archimedes

March 14th, 2012
2:07 pm

Actually, David, I think you meant to say four years from now on 3/14/16 since 3.14159 would round up to 3.1416.

cewbee

March 14th, 2012
2:10 pm

I guess you naysayers have never watched The Big Bang Theory either! Embrace your inner geek!

Pat

March 14th, 2012
2:14 pm

@teacher, I completely agree. Maybe that is why the education is this country is falling so low and even lower in this state.

You're Right

March 14th, 2012
2:23 pm

Yeap: When Pie day is 3.14.15 along with the 9th hour which would read 3.14.15.9hr. That should do the trick!

1faknd

March 14th, 2012
2:24 pm

@ cewbee——–TBBT is the best show on TV. Just saying!!!!!

Devil's Advocate

March 14th, 2012
2:27 pm

If you can’t be good at it, discredit it!

DB

March 14th, 2012
3:17 pm

CB… Here’s the corollary to your “Pi r (not) squared, Pi r ’round!”

Pi R Round; Cornbread R Square(d).

The MAN

March 14th, 2012
3:28 pm

Pi Cologne by Givenchy is awesome…females cannot resist!!

LydiasDad

March 14th, 2012
3:39 pm

I agree Teacher. It’s sad that in this country, Pi is considered advanced math understood only by mathematicians. Pathetic. This should be used as a day to educate some of the idiots.

Child of English majors

March 14th, 2012
3:50 pm

@Teacher-It’s disdain.

A real American

March 14th, 2012
4:02 pm

Give a scientist an inch and he’ll take 2.54 centimeters……..

crackbaby

March 14th, 2012
4:19 pm

C’mon, Man. George was just being funny. Get a life, people. The article was reasonably humorous – as are some of the comments.

1 out of 10 people understand binary. The other doesn’t…. ;-)

TeachMath

March 14th, 2012
4:42 pm

@ David Granger – I find the use of the word “geek” to be extremely insulting. As a math teacher, I try everyday to share my love of the subject with my students, and I try my best to relate it to real life so they see the importance of the subject. Although all subjects are extremely important, math is the basis for practicly everything around us. I am not a geek for getting excited about my subject, just as you are not a geek for getting excited about whatever it is you do.

@Archimedes – No, it is 3 years, as we do not round pi unless we estimate or are told to round, which in your case would be to the nearest ten thousandths. Then you would be correct.

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J.B. Stoner-(the white one)

March 18th, 2012
11:41 am

mathT

March 19th, 2012
6:37 pm

Can I round pi to 4 digits without significant loss of precision? My math professor said no and took off 2 points on an exam for this.

RAMZAD

March 23rd, 2012
10:58 am

Mathematics is not the opiate of the people. It is my opiate, and I love it. “They try to let me go to rehab..no no no….”