3/14 – Happy Pi Day!

14 Mar 3/14 – Happy Pi Day!

Happy Pi Day - Apple Pi

Geeks and Greeks rejoice – March 14th is Pi Day (3.14) – a day to celebrate the mathematical constant that seems to find it’s way into all things geometric.  Pi is the relationship of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, and mathematicians the world over have spent careers studying its value.  Pi is both irrational and transcendental; meaning that no fraction, series, or other finite mathematical expression can express its value exactly.  Here are some interesting facts about Pi’s mathematical history:

  • Modern supercomputers have been able to calculate the quadrillionth bit of Pi, which happens to be 0. (Quadrillion is 1,000,000,000,000,000)
  • Pi has been studied so much in mathematics that it has three distinct ages of history, briefly summarized as Geometric, Calculus, and Modern Computers.
  • The world record for reciting digits of Pi is 100,000 digits.

If you’re so inclined, you can learn a bit more about Pi (the constant), rent a copy of Pi (the movie), read Life of Pi (the book), or even eat an Apple Pie (the food).


Thanks to Wikipedia.org for facts on Pi. Apple pie photo credit: Linda DuBose

Josh Mull

Josh Mull

Jenny is a co-founder of Key Tech. Over her career, she has consulted to clients in the medical, industrial, and energy industries. Her work has contributed to the advancement of precision diagnostic instruments, fluid flow measurement, and control systems. Jenny holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Catholic University and a BS in Physics from Georgetown University. She is also a registered professional engineer and is currently a member of the UMD Clark School Board of Visitors.
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