All About Pi day - By Felicia
This has nothing to do with sweet treats!
Since I was 7 years old, I have celebrated a special day on March 14: pi day. But when a normal third grader tells her friends about “pi day”, they tell her “I want to celebrate it too, what do we do, eat lots of pi?” or “is it the day where you eat pi?” Now I’m in sixth grade, and my friends still say the same thing. This article will tell you all about pi and pi day. Let’s go!
First of all, what is pi? Well, let’s just say it’s 3.1415926535897932384626433832795628841971693993251058. Well, actually, I memorized all of it, please correct my numbers if I’m wrong. Well, here’s a simpler explanation. According to piday.org, pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Here’s a handy diagram to help:
Here are some fun facts about this number!
The symbol for pi, π, has been in use for 250 years!
The exact value of pi can never be calculated.
March 14 or 3/14 is celebrated as pi day because 3.14 are the first digits of pi.
The record for reciting the most number of decimal places of pi was 70,000 decimal places. (Note to self: new challenge for me)
Pi is a part of Egyptian mythology. People in Egypt believed that the pyramids of Giza were built on the principles of pi.
The calculation of pi is a stress test for a computer.
People are racing to calculate more digits of pi in a never ending competition
Albert Einstein was born on Pi day
Most people think Euler discovered Pi, but it was actually William Jones who discovered it in 1706
The number 123456 doesn’t appear anywhere in the first million digits of pi.
Basically, March 14 is devoted to this ratio. During this time, we have a few “traditions” that most celebrators like to do. For me, I like to bake pi-themed pies and decorate the house with pi decorations. What about you, what do you do to celebrate pi day? Smash that like button and leave your answer in the comments!