Until I saw this beautifully crafted Google logo in my browser, I didn’t know it was Pi Day. In fact, I didn’t know there was a Pi Day. An official holiday in the US.
Evidently it is celebrated on March 14th because the first three numbers of Pi are 3 1 and 4. March 14th also happens to be Einstein’s birthday, so the two are sometimes celebrated together.
Pi, known for centuries as Archimedes Constant, is a critical, irrational constant used in mathematical calculations in geometry, trigonometry, physics, chaos theory, and probably many other subjects.
This was a timely bit of serendipity for me. I’ve lately been enjoying a new Teaching Company course called Chaos, and I’ve commenced a review of Elementary Algebra, both of which I may blog about in the near future.
So let us all celebrate these two coinciding things: pi and Einstein’s birthday!