Math enthusiasts have always had something to celebrate every year on March 14. It is the day for the celebration of the mathematical constant known as Pi, mostly written as 3.14. Today, though, is a Super Pi Day because of the rare combination of the Pi digits. The other amazing thing about Pi Day is that it is also matches the birthday of Albert Einstein.
Pi is a mathematical constant that is obtained by dividing the circumference of a circle by its diameter, which leads up to an infinite string of digits. Computer calculations have been able to give up to 10 trillion Pi digits. However, the first 10 numbers of the constant are 3.141592653. There is a special coincidence in this year’s Pi Day, which in some ways makes it the Pi Day of the century.
Today’s numerical date of 3-14-15 matches the exact first five numbers of Pi. The next three digits of Pi – 926, may also mean that some people may choose to celebrate today’s marvelous Pi Day at 9.26 a.m. or at 9.26 p.m. Perhaps for some this day will not only be a day to celebrate math, but one in which couples who love numbers may be happy to walk down the aisle.
As far back as 4,000 years, people have been thinking about the mathematical constant Pi. In the Ancient Greek, for instance, mathematician known as Archimedes figured out that the math constant Pi was slightly larger than 22/7. The ancient Babylonians on their part determined that the value of PI was about 3. That was far back in about 1900 BC.
Celebrating Pi Day
There are a number of events planned to celebrate this Super Pi Day. While some organizations will be throwing out a contest for math enthusiasts, others have demonstrations of different kinds. Still, there are those who are making it possible for people to determine where they birth date lies in the string of Pi digits. Pi Day was formally declined by the Congress in 2009, a step that was aimed at encouraging students to study mathematics.
The celebration of Pi Day on March 4 coincides with the birth date of Albert Einstein, who was born in 1879 and died in 1955.