The Event of the Century
The date March 14 is a constant. We know it will show up on our calendars once every year.
With the exception of Mr. and Mrs. Einstein, who threw a birthday party for their son Albert every March 14th, most people consider the date to be unremarkable.
But math teachers, engineers, statisticians and bakers recognize 3-14 as something else- “Pi Day”.
Pi, also known as 3.14 or π is the name given to the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. A mysterious mathematical constant, Pi is celebrated as Pi(e) Day on March 14 by math teachers, students, and math-letes. On that day, classrooms are filled with a plethora of homemade or store-bought pies of all kinds brought in by parents and students. A fun and delicious event, Pie Day is a good day for teachers to use a baked good as a learning tool. A tool, by the way, that is consumed immediately upon digesting an important math concept.
This year’s Pi Day is especially worth celebrating because 3.14.15 is not just another Pi Day (yawn);
It is The Pi Day of the Century. Twice on March 14, 2015 at 9:26 and 53 seconds, the date, year and time will be in perfect alignment with the first ten places of Pi: 3.141592653.
Since the next Pi Day of the Century will not occur until 2117, this year’s Pi Day is truly a once-in-a-lifetime event.
So why not relax, open your old geometry textbook and enjoy a nice slice of pie? (OK, maybe two).
It is extra-special this year after all.