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3.14 … Pi Day! …

Pi Day.  25th Anniversary:

Pi Day is such a huge holiday that it’s hard to imagine it didn’t exist until 1988.

The first party in honor of the amazing mathematical entity known as “pi” began that year when Larry Shaw, a physicist at the Exploratorium, the San Francisco science museum, looked at the calendar and said, “March 14—it’s the number pi [3.14, for those of you who have forgotten your grade-school math]. It’s Pi Day. Let’s celebrate!”

So he and his colleagues ordered some pie for the staff, and thus was a great tradition born. Today Pi Day is celebrated in schools, universities, and museums around the world.

(Note: You know this story must be true because it is in Wikipedia and nobody has dared to change it.)

via Pi Day Turns 25: Why We Celebrate an Irrational Number.


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