Pi Day - 3.14.08
Pi Day and Pi Approximation Day are two unofficial holidays held to celebrate the mathematical constant π (Pi). Pi Day is observed on March 14 (3/14 in American date format), due to π being equal to roughly 3.14. Sometimes it is celebrated on March 14 at 1:59 p.m. (commonly known as "Pi Minute"). If π is truncated to seven decimal places, it becomes 3.1415926, making March 14 at 1:59:26 p.m., "Pi Second". Pi Approximation Day may be observed on any of several dates, most often July 22 (22/7—in European date format—is a popular approximation of π). March 14 also happens to be Albert Einstein's birthday.
The first Pi Day celebration was held at the San Francisco Exploratorium in 1988, with staff and public marching around one of its circular spaces, and then consuming fruit pies; the museum has since added pizza pies to its Pi Day menu. The founder of Pi Day, the "Prince of Pi", is Larry Shaw, now retired from the Exploratorium, but still helping out with the celebrations. They have also recently added the first Pi Day celebrations in Second Life.
Best Pie in town is at the Sink. Let's order up some pitchers of beer, a couple of pies, and contemplate why MIT often mails out its acceptance letters to be delivered to prospective students on Pi Day.
- 6:00 pm - The Sink
- 1165 13th St. map
- Boulder CO 80304
See ya there,
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