It’s National Pi Day!!

March 14…or represented numerically as 3.14…is the day we celebrate the mathematical phenom, Pi. And because I just couldn’t improve on my post from a couple of years ago, I’ve copied and pasted it in today’s sharing. Also, I’m running short on time today so I’m cheating just a bit! đź™‚

Enjoy Pi Day and some pie of the more tangible nature!

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It probÂably should be aÂ national holÂiday. After all, Pi is aÂ pretty importantâ€¦if youâ€™re aÂ mathematician.

The Greek letter Pi is the ratio of the cirÂcumÂferÂence of aÂ circle to its diamÂeter. Pi Day is celÂeÂbrated on March 14th by mathÂ ~~enthuÂsiÂasts~~Â geeks all over the world. Pi = 3.1415926535â€¦the number conÂtinues infiÂnitely without repeating any sequence, and comÂputers have calÂcuÂlated Pi to more than 1Â trilÂlion digits past the decÂimal. Since it goes on for.ev.er, thereâ€™s the posÂsiÂbility that every number you know is hidden someÂwhere in it; phone numÂbers, birthday datesâ€¦even bank account numÂbers. Freakinâ€™ amazing.

The mathÂeÂmatÂical ratio has been around for more than 4,000 years, but the Greek symbol we know as Pi turned 200 years old in 2006. Ancient Babylonians calÂcuÂlated Pi by meaÂsuring 3Â times the square of aÂ circleâ€™s radius. AÂ Babylonian tablet circa 1900â€“1680Â BCÂ shows aÂ value of 3.125. Not to be outÂdone, Rhind Papyrus, an Egyptian in circa 1650Â BC, calÂcuÂlated the area of a circle and indiÂcated the approxÂiÂmate value of pi at 3.1605.

*Pi in the Sky*Â can be used to calÂcuÂlate aÂ planetâ€™s cirÂcular orbit comÂpared to the diamÂeter of the orbit. Iâ€™m sure astronomers are all overÂ this.

A little closer to homeâ€¦literallyâ€¦closer than you thinkâ€¦*pi*Â is present in parts of the double helix of theÂ DNAÂ code.

AndÂ *pi*Â will come in very handy in the future when comÂputers become smarter than us and take over. Just ask Spock. He triÂumphs over an evil comÂputer by comÂmanding it to comÂputeÂ *pi*Â to last digit in the Star Trek episodeÂ *Wolf in the Fold*. Just throwinâ€™ that outÂ there.

AND, did you know the first 144 digits of pi add up to 666? Some believe this is the bibÂlical â€śMark of the Beast,â€ť so Iâ€™m pretty sure math is going to be conÂnected to the Antichrist.

Oddly, Albert Einstein was born on Pi Day (3.14 in 1879) in Ulm Wurttemberg, Germany. Thatâ€™s freaky.

My father, who coinÂciÂdenÂtally was an archiÂtecÂtural and strucÂtural engiÂneer, was born on Pi Day as well. Thatâ€™s just plain freaky asÂ well.

The offiÂcial celÂeÂbraÂtion begins at 1:59 p.m., approÂpriÂately occurÂring at 3.14159.

For those of us who lean aÂ little more to the right side of our brains, itâ€™s an excelÂlent reason to have some pie. In supÂport of our left-brain brothers and sisÂters, of course.

I don’t celebrate math…well, maybe I did celebrate the fact I passed high school algebra, but just barely!

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Fascinating post, Lisa!

“For those of us who lean a little more to the right side of our brains, itâ€™s an excelÂlent reason to have some pie. In supÂport of our left-brain brothers and sisÂters, of course.”

Yes, that’s me. I’m more so right-brained đź™‚

Thanks for sharing, my friend!

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What a great post this is, Lisa, especially to someone who spends her days teaching Math!

Love it!

Have a wonderful weekend, my friend!

xo.

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