A rational day to celebrate an irrational number - ABC21: Your Weather Authority

A rational day to celebrate an irrational number

Posted: Updated:
(WPTA21) -

If you didn't know, Wednesday is Pi day. Mathematical Pi day that is.

Put down the forks and pick up a calculator to help celebrate Pi day. March 14 is recognized as Pi day because the first three digits of Pi are 3.14 and today's date is 3-14.

Of course, most of you know Pi is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. What you may not have known is Pi was discovered by ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes. The symbol we use for Pi, however, wasn't used until 1706

It wasn't until 1988 that the first known celebration of the day was organized by American physicist Larry Shaw in San Francisco. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a nonbinding resolution in 2009 that recognized March 14 as national Pi day.

If you were wondering how many digits of Pi we actually know. At last count, we know at little over 22 trillion digits. However, the record for memorizing the most digits is only a measly 111,700 digits set by a Japanese man Akira Haraguchi which took him roughly 16 hours to recite out loud. You only need to know 39 digits past the decimal to accurately calculate the spherical volume of our entire universe.

Get this if you flip 3.14 around, it spells pie. makes you hungry for knowledge right?  If you want to celebrate with some pizza pie Blaze Pizza and Hungry Howies here in fort Wayne are showing their allegiance to arithmetic by offering personal pizzas for just $3.14.

Powered by Frankly