Today is International Pi Day!
As academics across the world prepare for the festivities, here’s everything you need to know about International Pi Day…But we are celebrating it too!
What is Pi Day?
- The maths event celebrates π, the term used to describe the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, commonly shortened to 3.14159.
- It has been traced back to Larry Shaw, a physicist who is believed to have held the first ever Pi Day celebration in 1988.
- There’s no doubt that some will be disappointed that the day has nothing to do with food.
- Despite this, revellers have been known to cook up a pie or two to mark the celebration.
- These are often decorated with the mathematical symbol π.
- A homophone for pi, pie, is often included in celebrations – whether that is eating them or throwing them
When is Pi Day celebrated?
- Every year, Pi Day is observed on March 14.
- The event falls on this specific date because the first three significant digits of π are 3, 1 and 4.
- In 2009, the US House of Representatives officially recognised the date as a national celebration.
- Tech giant Google also created a special Doodle to mark the holiday in 2010.
- As well as honouring pi, the celebration works to inspire further academic research and interest in maths and science.
Why do we celebrate Pi Day?
- As the exact digits of the irrational number remain unknown, the mystery of π has continued to enthral academics.
- The special constant shows up across many disciplines, including chemistry, physics and maths.
- Although the official premise of the day is to honour π, many believe it’s more of a celebration of academia.
- For this reason, schools, universities and museums across the globe encourage festivities.
- Here are 7 fun facts about Pi
- It’s the 16th letter of the Greek alphabet
- It was proved to be an irrational number in the 18th Century
- There are no occurrences of the sequence 123456 in the first million digits of pi
- The World Record for memorising the digits of pi belongs to Lu Chao, from China. The maths whizz was able to recall the first 67,890 numbers
- Using a powerful computer, the Hitachi SR 8000, a Japanese scientist found 1.24 trillion digits of Pi, breaking all the previous records
- Pi Day falls on March 14, which is German genius Albert Einstein’s birthday
- Pi has featured in many a Hollywood blockbuster, as it was used as the secret code in Hitchcock’s Torn Curtain and also in The Net, which stars Sandra Bullock
You are probably wondering why we call ourselves Pi Society, here are the real reasons!
- “I have always been drawn to the word Pi for many reasons. It is simple and it is so many meanings, but this is how we founded the name!”
- Pi means “completeness” of a circle
- The symbol π means to us, that we are the bridge bringing two people together
- We wanted to create a group, and we named it Pi Society as it rhymes with High Society.
- PI also means “Personal Introductions”
What is Pi Society?
Pi Society is a professional Matchmaking Agency in Devon which was established in 2017. It is an ideal way to find your perfect match, offering you personal and friendly service to help you fulfil your social and personal lives, combining a professional and discreet matchmaking service with local social networking events. We have successfully brought together over 30 couples together in long term meaningful relationships.
If you are interested in finding out more about Pi Society and what we do, please visit our website: www.pisociety.co.uk
Happy International Pi Day!