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Today Is National Pi Day

March 14 is National Pi Day, for reasons only a math whiz could explain. Pi…

  • March 14, 2020

March 14 is National Pi Day, for reasons only a math whiz could explain.

Pi is a mathematical constant, a special number. It is approximately equal to 3.14159265359. Note the first three numbers, “3.14”. March 14.

(Here’s where non mathematicians slap their foreheads and say, “now I get it”).

In 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.Res.224 – Supporting the designation of Pi Day.

Still, why is Pi so special?

According to the website piday.org, “Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point. As an irrational and transcendental number, it will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern. While only a handful of digits are needed for typical calculations, Pi’s infinite nature makes it a fun challenge to memorize, and to computationally calculate more and more digits.”

OK, but where can you celebrate Pi Day? If you’re in Wichita, you might stop in at Il Vicino Wood Oven Pizza, where you can get a full-sized margherita pizza for just $3.14159265359 each.

Of course, they’ll take $3.14 to keep things simple.

Check around in your neck of the woods for similar specials. If you’ve got a university near-by, chances are decent that someone will be selling something tasty for just $3.14.