Learning about Pi Day
March is here, bringing with it several holidays. Today, The Gates of Owings Mills Blog takes a look at Pi Day, the most popular March holiday next to St. Patrick’s Day. To start, how about a bit of Pi Day trivia? In an episode of Star Trek, Mr. Spock stopped an evil entity that had taken over the Enterprise’s computer system, ordering it to “compute to the last digit the value of Pi.” Now that’s using some logic! And perhaps Buzz Lightyear was on a quest to find π, based on his catchphrase, “to infinity and beyond.” We may never know, but we can comfort ourselves with a slice of pie, right?
The number π is the mathematical constant, the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, and approximately equal to 3.14159, which goes on to infinity and beyond. We take the first three digits, 3.14, and read them as a date: Pi Day, March 14th. In 2009, the House of Representatives passed House Resolution 224, designating March 14th as National Pi Day in the United States. The resolution “encourages schools and educators to observe the day with appropriate activities that teach students about Pi and engage them about the study of mathematics.”
Pi Day celebrations take many forms, from members of collegiate fraternities making puns about the Greek letter Pi included in their name, to memorization contests, to Pi Day runs, to pie eating contests. One of the earliest, large-scale celebrations took place at the San Francisco Exploratorium. Organized by Larry Shaw, a physicist, the activity combined staff and the public marching around one of the Exploratorium’s circular spaces, followed by eating fruit pies. For some other ideas about how to celebrate Pi Day, check out this Smithsonian.com article: Six Ways to Celebrate Pi Day.
Pi Day also provides us with a reason to eat pie on March 14th! So whether you make your own pie or head to your favorite Owings Mills, MD area restaurant for dinner and a slice of pie, we hope you all appreciate the number π which makes this day possible! Thanks for reading today’s post.
PS: We found this site with fifty! Yes, fifty, types of pies. That’s enough pie recipes for a Pi Party at your apartment!