Monday, March 14, 2016

Pi Day: Celebrating the Mystery

Pi Day, in essence a celebration of math and science, takes place around the globe on March 14th (3/14) every year. Fun side note: Albert Einstein's birthday is also 3/14. 

Pi (represented by the Greek letter , pronounced pie) is the mathematical symbol of a constant (the ratio of the circumference of a circle--any circle--to its diameter, approximately 3.14159). Although it is a transcendental entity, as such unknowable, pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point. It continues infinitely without repetition or pattern--a true mathematical mystery. Due to its infinite nature, memorizing as many digits of pi as possible remains an enticing challenge for some (the most places memorized is currently 70,000, achieved by Rajveer Meena of India in 2015).

Are you researching pi or another topic in Mathematics? The TWU Libraries employ a team of subject specialists available for research consultations (and class instruction sessions) in a variety of subject areas. Woody Evans is the libraries' Mathematics Subject Librarian; reach him at kevans14@twu.edu or 940-898-3710.

~Sandy Cochran   

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