What Else?

Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world.

I check left, then right; fore, then aft. Yes, it’s March 14 all round me so I’m positioned correctly for any celebrations specified by the Pi Day organization. Who knew there was such an organization? Well, not me but I should have predicted it. I mean, what else? Anyway, as I scroll down their website page, there is now one question uppermost in my mind.

Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant
— the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter —
which is approximately 3.14159.

Um, that wasn’t my question, but thanks for that refresher: I remember some of this from school, although the best I could likely do now is to recite the first two digits after the decimal point. No, I was wondering what sort of celebrations we’re talking about here. They’d better get to that soon or my attention span is going to time out. Ah, here’s something.

Pi Day is an annual opportunity for math enthusiasts to recite the infinite digits of Pi,

Um, to recite “some of” the infinite digits of Pi, no? They’d need more days than they have to recite all Pi’s digits; indeed, they’d never get done.  For sure “never-ending” is not my sort of project; neither does that activity sound like my idea of celebration. What else have they got?

talk to their friends about math,

OK, that’s what I’m doing here. I’d just note that a little math goes a long way with me and with most of my friends. What else have they got?

and to eat pie.

Well, why didn’t they say so earlier? I’m in. This, I can get my head a-round.


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12 Responses to What Else?

  1. Tom Watson says:

    In the Covid-19 time, I understand that “Pi Day” celebrations were much more limited this year.

  2. Alison Uhrbach says:

    My thought is that it’s a great time to stay home and bake a pie! My mom was a great pie maker, although I’ve never really mastered the art? she made it look so easy – and it always tasted great! However, as I’m spending more time at home, and even though I’ve missed the actual day – I think I’ll go make a pie!

    • Tom Watson says:

      Mail some out. I’d be glad to have a sample.

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Alison – Well, if you had a reliable blogger who would post pre-emptively, you could have baked a pie on the very day. But I’m sure a belated pie will be as tasty. And as respectful. And as virus-free.

  3. There is something about the endless pieces of pi that annoys me. Anything logical and reasonable and necessary ought to know when to cease and desist. No? Or is that where our ideas of infinity originate?

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Laurna – LOL – Well, I’ve heard that fear (of the Lord, or even maybe of anything) is the beginning of wisdom. Perhaps knowing when to cease and desist is the next step.

  4. John Whitman says:

    Isabel – I are confused. Was the 14th of March (14/3) selected as an arbitrary date by those mathematicians? 14/3 = 4.666666666 etc. The actual value of Pi is 22/7 = 3.14159 etc., so I are confused.

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