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  • Writer's pictureChristopher McHale

Pi Day: A Slice of Infinity Served with a Topping of Einstein


Pi Pun


March 14 rolls around and the world tilts a little closer to mathematics, as Pi Day bakes its way into our calendars, inviting enthusiasts and the numerically curious alike to celebrate an irrational constant that has tantalized scholars for millennia. With a crust that dates back to infinty (that's a long way back), this day is not just any ordinary slice of the mathematical pie—it's a tribute to the endless, patternless, and fascinatingly infinite sequence of pi, a number that refuses to be squared away.


Einstein is Pi Relative


But wait, there's a dollup of Devonshire cream on top of this numerical feast—Albert Einstein, the maestro of relativity, was born on this very day! While Einstein himself never mused about this coincidence (perhaps due to the date formatting in Europe that would write the day as 14/3), one can't help but wonder if the universe wasn’t making a cosmic joke, aligning the birth of one of the greatest minds with a day that celebrates the universal language of mathematics. (If the universe has a sense of humor, which I sometimes doubt).


If nothing else, Americans now have justification for writing dates their way. Einstein's birthday expressed as pi is too perfect.


Politics is Pi


American politics is not perfect. (Have you noticed)? Everybody is aware of that, but are you aware of this?


American legislators once flirted with the idea of rounding pi to a neat 3.2. The mathematical community did not let that piece of legislation pass. Pi's precision is paramount, stretching into infinity (in both directions) without ever repeating. Hands off, Congress. In our slightly concerning obsessive quest for knowledge, some answers must remain deliciously elusive.


Please stay so, pi. Here's a glass of milk.


Memorizing Pi to the 70,000th Decimal Place


So, whether you're memorizing pi to the 70,000th decimal place, simply enjoying a slice of pie, or marveling at the wonders of the cosmos that Einstein helped us understand, Pi Day serves as a reminder of the beauty and complexity of the universe. It's a day to appreciate that mathematics is not just about numbers and formulas; it's about the questions that push humanity forward, one decimal place at a time. (And Sister Basil, who terrified me in math class).


Live Pi or Die


Happy Pi Day! May your day be irrationally joyous and infinitely curious, served with a side of Einstein's wisdom. After all, in the grand scheme of things, we're all just trying to find our slice of the pi. (Sorry).

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