Happy Pi Day!

Symbol for pi

Does the term “pi” ring any bells from high school geometry? Let us review: Pi represents the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter.

Each year, Pi Day is celebrated on March 14 (3/14) by science and math lovers everywhere. This year’s Pi Day is a super-extra-special big deal, and here’s why: Not only is it 3/14, but it’s 3/14/15, which perfectly continues the decimals of that beloved irrational number. To boot, if you take a moment to revel at 9:26:53 AM, you’ll be celebrating the first 10 digits!

We’re all for lifelong learning, so get ready to dig into a few facts about pi to broaden your horizons (read: impress your friends). Then, continue on to find three unique pie recipes to satisfy your hankerings.

5 Interesting Tidbits about Pi:

1. Mike Keith’s book “Not a Wake” (Vinculum Press, 2010), is written entirely in ‘pi language’, known as Pilish. Check out this excerpt:

Now I fall, a tired suburbian in liquid under the trees, Drifting alongside forests simmering red in the twilight over Europe.

(“Now” has three letters, “I” has one letter, “fall” has four letters, etc…)

2. Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point.

3. Many believe that the pyramid builders of Egypt’s Great Pyramid at Giza had knowledge of pi and designed its proportions around it.

4. If you hold a mirror up to the number 3.14, it spells PIE.

5. Albert Einstein shares his birthday with Pi Day.