The official celebration of Pi Day was organized in San Francisco by Larry Shaw in 1988. He was a physicist at the SF Exploratorium and on that day the everyone marched around one of the circular spaces while eating fruit pies. They still celebrate this today at the Exploratorium. Some people celebrate the entire month of March as “Pi Month”.
Today is of special significance … 3/14/15 (especially at 9:26:53 am and pm) with the date and time representing the first ten digits of π. This won’t happen again for the next 100 years.
Interestingly, Albert Einstein was born today in 1879. And also noteworthy, Spock, in a Star Trek episode “Wolf in the Fold.” commands the evil computer to “compute to last digit the value of pi.” Is he, we ask, the only being who can rationally solve a problem using an irrational number?
What is it about this number that so intrigues the geek-ish mind? So much so that it has been calculated out to more than 13 trillion digits. And there is no end in sight. Honestly, can you ever calculate something that is never going to be flat in our curved Universe?
It’s all relative!
About the photo: From the Palindaba Lavender Farm in the San Juan Islands.