What is Pi?
Pi Day is an annual celebration of the mathematical constant pi (π), observed on March 14 (3/14) because the first three digits of pi are 3.14. Pi Day has been celebrated in various forms since the late 1980s, but it became an official national holiday in the United States in 2009 when the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution recognizing it as such.
Pi is an important mathematical constant used in many fields, including physics, engineering, and mathematics. It is an irrational number, which means that its decimal representation goes on infinitely without repeating. Pi has been calculated to over 31 trillion digits using supercomputers, but only a few dozen decimal places are needed for most practical applications.
Pi Day celebrations often involve eating pie, particularly fruit pies, custard pies, and savory pies. In some places, pizza pie is also considered appropriate for Pi Day. Schools, universities, and scientific organizations often hold Pi Day events, including math competitions, trivia contests, and pie-eating contests. Some museums and planetariums also offer Pi Day-themed exhibits and shows.
Pi Day is not only a fun and festive celebration, but it also promotes the importance of mathematics and science education. It encourages people to explore the fascinating world of math and appreciate its practical applications in our daily lives.