Math enthusiasts and assorted geeks around the world are celebrating today as International Pi Day. Not your mom’s apple pie, but the famous constant, Π, equal to the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.
The reason Pi Day is celebrated on March 14 is because its first 3 digits are 3.14 (Pi = 3.1415926535...) March 14 also happens to be Albert Einstein's birthday. Pi is an irrational number, meaning that the sequence of its decimal digits continues to infinity without repeating itself. The favorite way of celebrating Pi Day among geeks are eating a pie while reciting the first hundred digits of Pi.
Pi Day was first celebrated by the American physicist Larry Shaw in 1988, but the designation of Pi Day was not supported by the United States government until 2009, when the U.S. House of Representatives passed House Resolution 224, designating March 14 “National Pi Day.” (Fun fact: The bill number for the recognition of Pi Day is the square-rootable 224 (2*2=4)) Among the numerous “whereas” clauses in HR 224 are the following:
Whereas the Greek letter (Pi) is the symbol for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter;
Whereas the ratio Pi is an irrational number, which will continue infinitely without repeating, and has been calculated to over one trillion digits;
Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the House of Representatives--
(1) supports the designation of a 'Pi Day' and its celebration around the world;
(2) recognizes the continuing importance of National Science Foundation's math and science education programs; and
(3) encourages schools and educators to observe the day with appropriate activities that teach students about Pi and engage them about the study of mathematics.
Happy birthday, Al!
One Million Digits of Pi
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The Sound Of Pi
There have been many attempts to make a conversion of the digits of Pi to musical notes, but the methods used were pretty unrealistic. What they were doing was to convert the 10 digits of the decimal system in 10 notes, and then play them. Of course that doesn't make any sense because our musical notation has 12 notes! So we are presenting you with a conversion of the digits of Pi to the duodecimal system (Base 12):
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