Happy Pi Day!

So, did anyone else spend part of the day reading up on π and how crazy awesome it is?

*Crickets chirp*

…Heh, yeah. When I learned about π in grade school, I never really appreciated it; I used to believe in that strict English VS Math dichotomy, and definitely enjoyed the former more. But now, it’s actually quite fascinating. It’s an endlessly repeating pattern at the crux of so many analyses and scientific endeavors. I wonder where we’d be if the truly dedicated mathematicians of yesteryear hadn’t sat down and figured this stuff out the hard way. I used to think formulas were hard to understand. Just imagine someone having to calculate π without calculus. Archimedes must have been tearing out his hair trying to make it work! Yet here we are thousands of years’ worth of technology and insight later, and we still don’t know everything about this ever-present phenomenon. But we’ve certainly reaped its benefits; our understanding of physics, engineering, and the Universe itself is owed in part to this little symbol.

Thank you, π.

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2 thoughts on “Happy Pi Day!

  1. I wish there were a day for the golden ratio — 1.61803398875. Also for the number “e” which is 2.71828. But neither of these correspond to a date. So, PI Day remains the number-look-alike holiday.

  2. I wish there were a day for the golden ratio — 1.61803398875. Also for the number “e” which is 2.71828. But neither of these correspond to a date. So, PI Day remains the best number-look-alike holiday.

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