Slice of the Pi
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“Probably no symbol in mathematics has evoked as much mystery, romanticism, misconception and human interest as the number pi.”
William L. Schaaf, Nature and History of Pi
Pi Day is celebrated across the world on 3.14, which is a Saturday this year. Here are some fun facts:
If you take any circle- of any size- and divide its circumference (distance around it) by its diameter (distance across it) you’ll get Pi- or about 3.14. So, for any circle, the distance around the edge is a little more than three times the distance across. This works for ANY CIRCLE!
Pi is an endless stream of digits. A computer has calculated Pi to 22 TRILLION digits! If you read one digit every second, it would take you just under 700,000 years to recite all those digits!
Mark Umile holds the the U.S. record for memorizing and reciting the digits of Pi -more than 15,000 digits! He practiced by writing them down and then reading them aloud into a voice recorder — and listening to the recording again and again. He credits this accomplishment with helping him change his mindset about his Asperger’s syndrome, a condition he used to think of as a disability. Now he thinks of it as something that “benefited my life and inspired others.”
Albert Einstein, one of the most famous scientists in history, shares a birthday with Pi Day! Do you?
Pi is an irrational number. The digits of pi that are to the right of the decimal go forever without repeating in a pattern, and it is impossible to write the exact value of pi as a number!
Attached are some ideas you can use to celebrate this famous number throughout next week! Feel free to add any others you find:)
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