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Pi Day Snow Day!

After a winter with no snow (no snow that’s stuck, anyway, there’ve been flakes in the air a few times), it’s a pi day miracle: a snow day!

Last night, when the call was made, we were predicted to get 6-12″, but with more sleet than snow, we’re on the low end of that range or a bit less. Here’s a joke I’m stealing from my friend Matt:

In honor of pi day, and with the extra free time of a snow day, I baked a quiche pi!

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I tried to arrange the broccoli in the shape of the symbol π (pi), which you can see if you look closely 🙂 I’ve outlined it below.

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And, of course, I had to break out my pi cutter to slice it with!

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If you’re more ambitious than I am with your pi day baking needs, you could  try a “celebrity chef” pie, or Vi Hart’s Venn Pi-agram (she has both a dessert pie and a pizza pie version):

In Pi Day news, there have now been over 22 trillion digits of pi calculated! Hooray!

Whether or not you, too, are snowed in, have a wonderful pi day, and check out some of the following links!

Even though there are skeptics out there,

I agree with Cookie Monster:

Me love pi (and pie)!

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Happy (Round-Up) Pi Day!

Greetings once again, one and all!

PiDay

Pi Pies (photo by djwtwo on Flickr)

It is PI DAY, y’all – gather round and roll out the red carpet for that most glorious of numbers,

3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937510…,

a.k.a π,

a.k.a pi.

Irrational

In fact, though we made a big deal of last year’s celebration as the “Ultimate Pi Day”, or the “Pi Day of the Century”, a case can be made that today is even more special! Today’s date, 3/14/16, is a rounded-up version of pi to four decimal places (rather than a truncated version like last year); it also only comes around only once a century; and in fact 3.1416 is about nine times closer to the actual value of pi than 3.1415 is! 😉

If you’re a little bummed out that we won’t have a “pi day of the century” next year (after all, 3.1417 doesn’t seem too special), check out this article (via MAA) which proves that, for some norm other than the Euclidean distance, there is a “pi” for that norm that will match that year–thus every pi day can be the “pi day of the century”!

I wore a shirt with a similar message today! (Image via Cliff Pickover)

I wore a shirt with a similar message today! (Image via Cliff Pickover)

OK, here’s your round-up of cool pi links:

Apple Pi (Image by elips, via Cliff Pickover)

Apple Pi (Image by elips, via Cliff Pickover)

HAPPY PI DAY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!/!!!!!!!

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PI DAY OF THE CENTURY

Happy Pi Day everyone!

This year is extra special, since it’s 3/14/15! Some have called it the “Ultimate Pi Day”, or the “Pi Day of a Lifetime” or the “PiPocalypse” (although I may be mixing that last one up with the snowstorm of a few years ago).

I wish you all an extra-wonderful ten-digits-of-pi-moment at fifty-three and a half seconds past the twenty-sixth minute of the nine o’clock hour this evening, or 3/14/15 9:26:53.5.

On this pi day, I encourage you to celebrate pi, and math, and the amazing things you can do with both! From last year, here are:

MY TOP PI WAYS TO CELEBRATE PI DAY

1. Share pi (and pie) with friends
2. Read and learn more about pi
3. Contemplate the wonder of the universe and mathematics’ role within it
.14159…. Shout “Happy Pi Day!” and/or “Happy Pi Moment” at the top of your lungs when the appropriate time occurs

Some awesome pi-related things to check out this year:

  • A cool pi day sudoku
  • How to estimate pi by weighing a circle [video]
  • “Why Pi Matters” by Stephen Strogatz
  • This argument of pi vs. the Pythagorean Theorem
  • An article on this pi day by Borwein & Bailey, famous pi mathematicians
  • This video making fun of our obsession with pi, tau, e, golden ratio, and other *amazing* numbers – it might take a little math knowledge to get the joke but it’s hilarious once you do

Hope you have a great pi day, and many more!

– Nick the Pi Guy

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Pi and Pancakes

Happy Pi Day – 1 everyone! Only one more day until the pi day of the century!

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In the meantime, check out this awesome pancake 3D printer (article, kickstarter).

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Roots of Unity Final Projects

 

These are the results created last November for the art/math integration project described here.

 

By the way, happy pi week everyone!

Pi Week

Pi Week

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Pi Day 2014

Once again, Pi Day has arrived!

As you probably know, pi (π) is a mathematical constant found in circles and throughout mathematics! Since pi’s decimal expansion starts off 3.14…, and today’s date is 3/14, we celebrate pi and all things mathematical on this day!

3.141592653589793238462643383279..., to be a bit more precise! Image copyright David Reimannn, found here

3.141592653589793238462643383279…, to be a bit more precise! Image copyright David Reimannn, found here

My Top Pi Ways to Celebrate Pi Day

1. Share pi (and pie) with friends
2. Read and learn more about pi
3. Contemplate the wonder of the universe and mathematics’ role within it
.14159…. Shout “Happy Pi Day!” and/or “Happy Pi Moment” at the top of your lungs when the appropriate time occurs

Art from pi's digits, copyright Martin Krzywinski

Art from pi’s digits, copyright Martin Krzywinski

Pieces of Pi

Related to #1 and #2 above, here are a few cool tidbits about pi and pi day:

Pi Past

I cannot believe it’s been 10 years since my first pi day expansive email that set up (or continued) a crazy propaganda war between the mathematical constants pi and e. (Going back even further, by my count I’ve been celebrating pi day in some form or another for almost 18 years now!) Just about each year since 2004 I have sent out my annual missive on Pi Day, by email and/or by blog (a few years when March was especially busy for me, I sent out messages on other pi-related days). A list can be found in yesterday’s pre-pi-day post here.

Have a great Pi Day today, and many more!

Nick

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Almost Pi Day

3.13 – that’s nothing special – but it’s almost Pi Day!

In case you can't read it, it says "Plenty of Pi to go around" and has digits of pi arranged in a circle around the outside! Image and pie (c) Pippi, from this website.

In case you can’t read it, it says “Plenty of Pi to go around” and has digits of pi arranged in a circle around the outside! Image and pie by Pippi, from this website.

Enjoy this picture of a pi pie, and get ready for tomorrow’s celebration!

To tide you over, here are some of my past posts concerning pi:

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