Happy Pi Day!

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Pi is a mathematical constant that is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, and it is also one of the most revered mathematical constants in the known world.[1] Pi Day was first officially celebrated on a large scale in 1988 at the San Francisco Exploratorium.[2] Since then, Pi Day has been celebrated by millions of students and math-lovers. The holiday is celebrated on 14th March, since 3, 1, and 4 are the three most significant digits in the decimal form of pi. If you’d like to learn how to celebrate pi in due fashion, read on and it will be as easy as pi.

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10 Responses to Happy Pi Day!

  1. Frank Mabalatan March 16, 2018 at 2:54 pm #

    Celebrating Pi Day has thrust interest in mathematics and the sciences into the mainstream. Holidays such as Pi Day have enticed students to learn more about the mathematical constant and how it fits in with other mathematical operations. The greater contribution Pi Day has given to society is the framing of education and scholarly thought as a fun and engaging activity. In the earliest years of an individual’s life, they study the world inquisitively, seeking to understand it more deeply. It is in human nature to desire to learn more and engage in fruitful learning. However, the education of the United States has always been entrenched in the methods of teaching doctrine, instead of allowing students to discover ideas on their own. This has rendered generations of normal Americans incapable of forming their innovative thoughts on the subjects they have learned in school and that is why Pi Day provides a valuable service.

    The age of standardized tests and cookie cutter learning has prepared an American generation to be assembly line workers, restricted to only being knowledgeable of a narrow array of information. However, if American society begins to more fervently advocate for the virtue of scientific investigation and the synthesis of new ideas, all will benefit. Those who have provided academic and scientific breakthroughs did not subscribe to the robotic method of learning. They purposefully rejected all education which seeks to put them into a box and feed them information which does not yield greater thought. Adventure into scholastic material must be advocated for in American society to build a more informed and intelligent population. Pi Day may seem to be a trivial thing which would warrant this result, but all students begin as young children when their years are the most formative. By promoting days such as Pi Day which encourage an interest in mathematics, students will have their curiosity stoked, translating to great minds in the future.

  2. Gabrielle Pietanza March 21, 2018 at 12:15 pm #

    Happy belated pi day! I feel as though pi day should be more celebrated as it sparks the interests of the mathematic and scientific minds across the nation. Pi day is celebrated each year on March 14, 3.14, the first three digits of the infinite decimal. You can take this even further by celebrating at 1:59 on this day as this represents the next three digits of the decimal. Students specifically on this day are encouraged to learn more information in this field. As an individual whose last name is Pietanza, throughout school I was always happy to celebrate this day. This can be done in a variety of ways such as eating pi themed foods such as pizza and pie, and further Pineapple, Pine nuts, and countless more. There are also pi themed games such as piñata, pie in the face, pie eating contests, and, of course, more scientifically, competitions to name the infinite number of digits in pi. These were my personal favorite and in school we would stand in a circle and see who could rattle off the most decimal places of this infinite number.

    As I previously mentioned, I always looked forward to pi day and all that comes with it. I feel as though unlike any other day regular school day, the sciences are celebrated. It helps that this day is made into a celebration and is not learning in the typical classroom lecture note taking sense yet instead encourages students to come together and enjoy the material they are being given. Although this day may seem meaningless I would have to disagree and encourage the tactics pi day has taken to be used over the course of the school year in regard to different subjects or concepts. Days such as these encourage students to take an interest in science and mathematics and can spark an interest that was not present prior. The students today are the great minds and leaders of the future, and so we must be sure to introduce them to as many topics as possible so they are able to find what they are interested in and make a change influencing the world.

  3. Lucas Rodriguez March 23, 2018 at 5:25 pm #

    No matter how competent your math skills may be, or how pernicious you may perceive these seemingly endless courses to be, the numerical figure “Pi” has represented a mathematical landmark from which an almost universal awareness has been generated. If you ask almost anyone along your itinerant daily endeavors, you are certainly going to encounter a large population that knows exactly what Pi is, whether by mere reputation or actual numerical value. Most of us simply know Pi as 3.14, unaware of the infinite possibilities that the symbol actually represents; the 2.7 trillion numerical chain of values. This idea in itself, the simple aspect that this 3 numbered symbol actually transcends what its denotation proffers, shows realistically just how infinite math may be. This symbolic significance has paved the way for mathematics recognition, and offers the idea that something that most kids may not like, such as math, could actually be a positive and influential aspect in our lives, and could be translated into a holiday and celebrated. “Pi” has been implemented in our societies throughout generations, and represents the foundation from which math is built on. Actually representing the ratio of a circle’s radius to its diameter, this figure has been given its own section on the calculator and has created a comfortable atmosphere for students, given that most individuals know the simplicity behind the symbol (3.14) in abbreviated terms. By emphasizing a national holiday, “Pi Day”, where you consume Pi in respect to the tradition, this creates a general awareness for the youth and allows the importance of such a figure to grow noticed. Our education institutions have become a structure of mental imprisonment for students; an academic environment where individuals are pushed against walls of textbooks, desperately seeking some air to breathe. Because of this almost militia based student organization structure, in more recent years education has been thought of as a burden among individuals, and math has seemingly grown as one of the most disliked topics. With an atmosphere of almost infinite equations and numbers to become accustomed with, mathematics has created a whirlpool of constant stress and aggravation. It is taught in most situations directly from the textbook, on grounds of a one dimensional setting; this desk pushed up against your chest making it hard for you to breathe, and the pen and pencil viciously glaring at you, seemingly hating you as much as you hate it. But with such implementation into the community, such as this holiday, this aspect of math, which “Pi” seems to encapsulate and represent one of the most significant symbols in the field, can be shared among all peoples with such as holiday as the one discussed. This serves as a community engaging format, making the subject seem more universal and relatable, while additionally drawing individuals toward the subject more and creating an interest. When pairing things such as mathematics and literal pie, which is something that is rather enjoyable to most, students can begin to appreciate the holiday and become less intimidated by the layers that math represents. Although I am reasonably late, there is still a major reason for exploring just how nationally crucial such a situated holiday may be. As the stigma behind mathematics continues to linger amid our societies, instances such as “national Pi day”, help to create an atmosphere of positivity within the subject. By pairing “Pi” with “Pie”, it is as if individuals are part of a one day conditioning experiment conducted by Pavlov himself, where the next time an individual would be prompted to numerical values such as “3.14”, they will be drooling with excitement.

  4. Katie B March 27, 2018 at 11:10 am #

    I didn’t start celebrating Pi Day until I was in middle school (7th , 8th grade). Usually the time you start learning about pi and using it in class. I remember when I was in 8th grade my math teacher had us make our own shirts to celebrate and we had to wear them around all day to get extra credit. Unrelated to the day, the same teacher had a poster in the classroom that had the number of pi the several decimal points going on for a long time, I tried to memorize a good portion of it. I haven’t celebrated Pi Day as extensive as the article suggests to, mostly due to not liking math in general. However, this would be a great idea of students in younger grades to try to gain an interest. If you make the content fun kids might like to do it more. I know so many people who hate math or is just not good at it. That could be from inability to comprehend, like me, or just having teachers who didn’t make the learning process interesting or fun enough to keep the attention or excitement for the subject. Pi Day would be a great way to try to integrate that! The circular foods is, i think, hilarious that makes sense to have them. Pies and pizza pies are a good idea too! They games is a great way again to make math fun. I wish when my classes did Pi Day we did some of these things, more than just the t-shirts. The only thing that is in the article that I wouldn’t do would be to buy Pi Day stuff. Pi Day is not that important to me enough to buy something for it.
    Kids being interested in math is a big deal. We don’t have to wait for Pi Day to help make math fun though! It’s a little late for me, but the more of the fun games and making up cool ways to get kids interested would be life changing to some kids. For the kids who struggle a little harder than others in particular subjects in math, the games and maybe extra attention would help! Math is scary enough that makes kids hate going to that class. It doesn’t have to be just math too! Anything can be fun if a teacher knows how to engage the students.

  5. NF April 6, 2018 at 10:35 pm #

    Pi day is a unique day celebrated to acknowledge and appreciate the mathematical ratio that is Pi, which is shortened to 3.14. People of all ages combine to celebrate in fun, creative and unique ways.

    One way of celebration is in the classroom setting. This celebration appeals to every type of student. Two types of students, specifically, that this appeals to are intellectual students and creativity students. We can define these students as left oriented, the more intellectual student, and right oriented, the more creative student. As mentioned in the article, left oriented students celebrate by playing numerical games, while left minded would use their more artistic abilities to celebrate this day. It’s very important for schools and institutions to acknowledge the two different types of students and celebrate school base holidays with appeals to both students, even though it’s in remembrance of mathematics.

    Also, there are fun ways of incorporating Pi Day into every day business behaviors which enhance business profits of bakeries and graphic design companies, in particular. Educators specifically are constantly on the search for Pi shaped anything and Pi foods. This is a great day for these two business to Institute this holiday and increase there proceeds.

  6. Coby Dunn April 10, 2018 at 5:18 pm #

    March 14th, Pi day, will always have a special place in my heart.Learning about Pi in highschool was a very difficult time for me. The formulas, the numbers, and the endless number that my teacher attempted to make me memorize all contributed to the difficulty I faced with Pi. However, there is one day of the year, when I can truly respect this famous number. And that is March 14th, Pi day. It is a day completely dedicated to turning something mundane and boring into something that everyone can enjoy and celebrate. Almost everyone can enjoy a nice pie that has that funny symbol on it. Personal I really enjoy pecan pie. If I am really trying to get into the mood of Pi I might make some spherical icecream scoops and put them on top of my Pie for Pi day. One of my favorite Pi day traditions is when people gather from all around to hold up a number, and they try to see how long they can get their line of Pi to be. I really enjoy Pi day because it also ignites interest in the field of math. It lets everyone know that even though math may just be numbers, they can be fun too. Math is a subject that represents a lot of connections between numbers and theory. Math helps us find answers to some of our most difficult questions or quests. Without math we would never have landed a man on the moon, understood gravity, or even been able to build the simplest building. Pi day reminds us that math is everywhere in our lives. Being able to see it, understand it, and even have a little fun with it can be life changing.

  7. marcello bertuzzelli April 12, 2018 at 5:04 pm #

    I for one can say that I have never celebrated pi day. I actually never even knew that it was a thing until reading it here on the blog. However, now that I know, I do plan on celebrating in the future because I think it incorporates a fun aspect to the mathematical field that not only makes it more interesting, but because that’s what America is all about, taking something miniscule and turning it into a day of celebration and partying.
    Pi can be a very hard concept to grasp for some people and I think that this day dedicated to it helps people to better understand it. Pi is a mathematical constant that is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, and it is one of the most revered mathematical constants in the known world. The holiday is celebrate on March 14th (3/14) because of its relevance to the number and the fact that the first three and most commonly known numbers of the constant are 3.14. Particularly, the digit sequence of pi is conjectured to satisfy a specific kind of statistical randomness, but to date, no proof of this has been discovered. In addition, pi is a transcendental number; that is, a number that is not the root of any non-zero polynomial having rational coefficients. This transcendence of ? implies that it is impossible to solve the ancient challenge of squaring the circle with a compass and straightedge.
    See, after reading all of that, who would find that to be an easily understandable concept? That is why pi day is so very intriguing to me. It seems as though all the different ways of celebration can truly impact others in a positive manner, especially the younger generation of children as they reach a point in their life where the mathematical term becomes relevant. Happy belated pi day!

  8. Kayla Clavijo February 15, 2019 at 6:26 pm #

    Math deserves its own day, don’t you think? Well, March 14 is Pi Day! This is the day that brings out the inner math geek in us all. Pi Day is celebrated every March 14 in honor of the mathematical constant pi. The number, which rounds to 3.14. Pi is the circumference of a circle, the distance around the circle in which is divided by its diameter, the distance across. In other words, the circumference of any circle is approximately 3.14 times its diameter. Since 3.14 is an irrational number, it continues on to infinity. However, Pi is so much more than a number. It provides the perfect excuse for incorporating math and geometry into all aspects of a day in school. When I was younger, I always looked for toward to Pi day. In middle school, the promise of free pie attracted students to the lectures about pi and the importance of math in daily life. We didn’t really have Pi related activities. However, in high school the principal would cancel class and have students and staff members go to the school gym. The gym was filled with many activities in honor to celebrate Pi day. The most popular activities included pie-eating contests, recitation competitions and raffles to pie the principal and teachers. Now that I am older, I feel a profound disconnect with this holiday. Eventually, pi inspired activities get boring. Why? Well because I’m sure I can easily find a pie to eat and also partake in a digit reciting contest in or out of school. However, I think a better way to celebrate Pi day is simply by learning something new that pertains to Mathematics. Remember math is a sequential subject that you cannot run away from, it is everywhere!

    In addition, Pi day reminds me of the differences in National Pie day, which is celebrated January 23rd. In honor of this celebration, people celebrate the day with pie only. On this day, it is very common for many restaurants to give out free pie and discounts on pie. I celebrate this day by baking a pie for myself. National Pie day does not include Pie inspired activities. It is simply just a day to sit and enjoy pie. On the other hand, Pi day is a day dessert and activities make math more fun. Overall, Pi itself is very important. The history of Pi has led to the creation of Pi day, in which now, and forever will be publicly recognized.

  9. Deep Patel March 21, 2019 at 10:59 am #

    Pi Day also known as March 14th is when math lovers around the world celebrate pi, which is approximately 3.14. 3.14 is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. This means that for any size circle anyone can divide the circumference by the diameter and will always get exactly the same number. Pi has infinite number of digits with the first ten being 3.14159265358. The circle is one of the first shapes everyone learns as a kid and everywhere you go there are circles all around you. Pi is known to be an irrational number which means that no digits repeat back to back and the number never ends. The history of pi started with the first calculation done by Archimedes of Syracuse who was an ancient Greek mathematician and astronomer. He was the first to calculate the area of a circle by using the Pythagorean Theorem. Pi has been used by many different cultures throughout history. Some people may wonder why pi is so important to mathematicians all around the world. Pi is important because it is being used every day. Pi is associated with waves from the flow of ocean tides to the electromagnetic waves that help us with wireless communication. Pi also measures how fast and how powerful a computer is because mathematicians uses pi to check computers accuracy and to see if there is any issues with the software and hardware. Pi is also used to find values of trigonometry functions such as sine, cosine, tangent and others as well. It measures the circular velocity of objects such as engine parts in cars and wheels. People may not know but eye doctors use pi to study the structure of the eye as it is in a circular shape. Therefore, pi is actually an important finding and has helped many industries with their calculations.
    Pi day is celebrated in a number of different ways. The most common way is by eating pies whether it is an apple pie, pumpkin pie, or any other pie including pizza. At my work for pi day this year they brought the staff pizza to celebrate the important holiday. Another way to celebrate is by holding a competition on who can recall pi to the highest number of decimal places. For me it ends at 3.145 but there is someone at my high school who can recall up to 25 digits. I read an article a couple years ago about pi day and Pizza Hut made a professor at Princeton University conduct math problems that will give lucky winners free pizza for 3.14 years. Additionally, there are many days during the year where the number pi can be honored starting with the obvious March 4th which is the passing of the 14% of the 3rd month of the year or simply the first three digits of pi 3.14. April 5th is also sometimes celebrated as 3.14 months of the year have passed during that date. Lastly, November 10th as it is the 314th day of the year and it would be November 9th if it was a leap year. Therefore, Pi day is a very important calculation in today’s society and it should be celebrated year round.

  10. Samuel Kihuguru November 2, 2019 at 12:55 am #

    Reading this article, it was the word “PIerless” (without the ‘e’ sound) that I used to describe this two-letter numerical mystery. It is a Greek symbol crafted to perfectly illustrate the concept of infinity and irrationality. I was first introduced this term as a middle school student, under the figure “3”. It had no other bearing than the fact that it was the ratio of a circle’s circumference (the distance around the circle, represented by the letter C) to its diameter (the distance across the circle at its widest point, represented by the letter d). Moving into high school, I was removed the blinds of dummy-proofing and exposed to this number as an irrational without pattern – 3.141592652…. I saw it in partial derivative formulas, physics equations on waves and oscillations, and any concept that dealt with the calculation of cyclical motion. But it extends far beyond this!

    So it’s fair to ask: Why do mathematicians care so much about pi? Is it some kind of weird circle fixation? Hardly. The beauty of pi, in part, is that it puts infinity within reach. The digits of pi never end and never show a pattern. They go on forever, seemingly at random—except that they can’t possibly be random, because they embody the order inherent in a perfect circle. This tension between order and randomness is one of the most tantalizing aspects of pi.

    Pi touches infinity in other ways. For example, there are astonishing formulas in which an endless procession of smaller and smaller numbers adds up to pi. One of the earliest such infinite series to be discovered says that pi equals four times the sum 1 – 1?3 + 1?5 – 1?7 + 1?9 – 1?11 + ?. The appearance of this formula alone is cause for celebration. It connects all odd numbers to pi, thereby also linking number theory to circles and geometry. In this way, pi joins two seemingly separate mathematical universes, like a cosmic wormhole. To imagine that every phone number sequence exists in the series of pi digits, and that every birthday (year, month, day, hour, minute..down to the thousandth of a microsecond) is accounted for in pi, and that all numerical derivations will consummate in a “piece of the pi”, gives this symbol transient significance. I had not known that there was a holiday for Pi before coming to the States. It was not something we would publicly celebrate at home, but I believe that the discovery of this mysterious symbol we can find at the press of a button on our phones is man’s best attempt of breaking outside the box of logic and predictability to a space where natural laws of science do not apply. To put it in Greek mythology terms, we have touched the surface of Olympus. However, as powerful as this can be, it is still amusing how we have invented modern ways of celebrating Pi Day with shirts, circular food items and shout-outs for March 14th 1:59AM. I look forward to appreciating my irrationals next year!

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