So here we have pi squared, which an engineer would call “10.” -Frank King
It’s Pi Day today in the United States: March 14th, or as we write it, 3/14. (Don’t know how you do it in Europe, where there is no 31st of April.) So, let’s start things off with a song for the day: Cab Calloway‘s “Everybody Eats When They Come To My House.”
(Even Google gets in on the Pi Day action.) Most people know Archimedes’ 22/7 as a good approximation (it will get you 3.14); my favorite is 355/113, which gets you the first seven digits, and is the best fractional approximation of pi with a denominator under 10,000!
Over here at scienceblogs, there is a Pie contest for Pi Day!
Unfortunately for us all, despite the fact that I love to cook, pie crusts from scratch are out of my league as a baker. So, at my house today — this Pi Day — we’re having an alternative celebration to pie.
To all my old college roommates who might still be reading this, the answer is yes. I’m still baking cookies, and they’re still delicious. And I hope your Pi day is filled with delicious circles, too!