Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Take a Break: Celebrate PI Day

March 14, which also happens to be Einstein’s birthday, is Pi Day. This is the day to celebrate the mathematical constant pi (n) and of course what better way to do that than by eating pie. It doesn’t have to apple or cherry as it can be pizza or even a quiche, thought I think the latter is not really correct.

Pi is our most famous irrational number. Not irrational in the sense that it's a foolish argument, a form of wishing for one thing while doing another. No, pi is irrational in a magical, beautiful sense. It can't be cropped off and fit into a box. The closer you look at pi, the more you see, forever. Seth Godin

So why March 14? The digits in the date 3/14 are the first three digits of n (3.14). The Physicist Larry Shaw came up with the day in 1988

Pi has been known for almost 4000 years—but even if we calculated the number of seconds in those 4000 years and calculated pi to that number of places, we would still only be approximating its actual value. Learn more about Pi

Celebrate Pi

• Explore  Fibonacci art: The number sequences is o, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55 … with each subsequent number being the sum of the previous two. The ratio between successive Fibonacci numbers approximates the “golden mean,” also known as the Golden Ratio,  Divine Proportion or Pi. Check out 3D Printed Fibonacci Sculptures. Try making a bracelet using memory wire and different colored seed beads to represent the numbers on the Fibonacci scale.

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