Your verification ID is: guDlT7MCuIOFFHSbB3jPFN5QLaQ Big Computing: March 14 is International Pi day

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

March 14 is International Pi day

Yes, it is that time of year when all practicing Geeks gather around the round table to celebrate that most sacred of days to honor the mighty Pi. Not the Apple Pie of All-American fame or the Cherry Pie we all craved in our teenaged yours, but Pi the ratio of a Euclidean circle to its diameter or roughly 3.14.

Although I have always been partial to the worship of Avagodros Number as a better representation of the dimensionless representation of matter, it is the humble Pi the has attracted the most ardent followers in recent years. Just like most religions, numerists have placed their holidays on top or near popular pagan holidays of the past. Passover and Easter come up yearly around the time of the ancient spring festival. So it is that Pi Day comes to us every spring to mark the exit from mathematical ignorance that started with the Greeks. Originally Pi was know as Archimedes Constant, but since you can traditionally only have one thing name after you and there was the Archimedes Screw ( I love that name!) Pi became known as Pi.

Pi day is celebrated just like any other religious holiday. We eat traditional foods ( round).

We watch movies about the thing we worship.

Not exactly Santa Claus is Coming to Town, but not bad. There is also a website for Pi Day and a facebook Page. So kick back eat a pizza at a round table and throw a ball around this Pi Day. Thanks to Jared Lander for introducing me to this most special of days.

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