Pi Day 2013 is celebrated on March 14 because the date is 3-14, corresponding to the mathematical ratio of circumference to the diameter of a circle.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Pi day is celebrated all over the world in various ways. Some are silly, like pie parties. Some are romantic, and involve diamonds. But some are more science oriented, celebrating the discovery of the pre-existing mathematical object itself.
Over in Los Angeles, Pi Day was celebrated by students at Cal Tech who “dug into 130 pies laid out for them outside student housing. There were 26 each of five different pies. Follow that? So on 3/14 at 1:59 a.m. there were 26 each of five kinds of pie. None is by chance. The first digits of Pi are 3.14159265.”
Christopher Perez, president of Caltech’s math club, explains why they celebrated Pi Day in this manner:
“It’s a celebration of nerdiness. Pi literally shows up everywhere — in science, in math and nature. A circle is such a fundamental concept.”
Japanese jewelry retailer Brilliance + is cashing in on Pi Day because it happens to fall on the same day as White Day, where men give women gifts similar to Valentine’s Day. Retailers are celebrating Pi Day by offering 0.314 carat diamond rings that range in price from $570 to $1,350.
Daniel Tammet celebrated Pi Day by reciting 22,514 digits of pi from memory in 2004, scoring the European record. For an audience at the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford, Tammet said these numbers aloud for 5 hours and 9 minutes, making some in the audience even cry due to his passionate delivery:
“What my brain was doing was inventing a meaning, like a story. What I did was make a poem or a novel out of pi, and took those colors and those emotions and used them to perceive patterns, or at least to perceive patterns in my mind that were memorable, that were meaningful to me.”
How are you celebrating Pi Day for 3-14?