March 14th, 2012
by Jennie Jacobs
Happy Pi Day Wild Web Friends!
Every once in a while we stumble upon a holiday too awesome to ignore, and today, in honor of National Pi Day, we’ve gathered some fun Pi facts to get you celebrating! So get ready to nosh on a slice of nifty Pi trivia and dish it out to all of your friends at your next dinner party!
- The first 9 digits of Pi: 3.14159265
- Pi Day is celebrated on March 14 (which was chosen because it resembles 3.14). The official celebration starts on at 1:59 p.m., to make an appropriate 3.14159 when combined with the date. (source)
- Pi is the most recognized mathematical constant in the world. Scholars often consider Pi the most important and intriguing number in all of mathematics. (source)
- The symbol for pi (π) has been used regularly in its mathematical sense only for the past 250 years. (source)
- In the Greek alphabet, π (piwas) is the sixteenth letter. In the English alphabet, p is also the sixteenth letter. (source)
- In 2002, a Japanese scientist found 1.24 trillion digits of pi using a powerful computer called the Hitachi SR 8000, breaking all previous records. (source)
- Albert Einstein was born on Pi Day (3/14/1879) in Ulm Wurttemberg, Germany. (source)
- Check out 1 million digits of pie here at PieDay.org
Please share your fun Pi facts with me via Twitter @jenniejacobs or in the blog comments below!