3/14…it’s International Pi Day! As you know, Pi or π is a mathematical constant whose value is the ratio of any circle’s circumference to its diameter in Euclidean space; this is the same value as the ratio of a circle’s area to the square of its radius. Today is the day that we celebrate this most irrational and transcendental number.
Fun Pi facts:
- There is no zero in the first 31 digits of pi.
- The Egyptians and the Babylonians are the first cultures that discovered about 4,000 years ago.
- The pi memory champion is Hiroyoki Gotu, who memorized an amazing 42,000 digits.
- William Jones, a self-taught English mathematician born in Wales, is the one who selected the Greek letter for the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter in 1706.
Also…Happy 130th birthday Albert Einstein!
“A human being is a part of a whole, called by us “universe”, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest… a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” – Albert Einstein