Pi Day: A day for celebrating contributions to math

By Kerrigan Dodson

Pi Day is a holiday most do not understand. We go to math class and we learn that pi is 3.14 and we celebrate this. But why do we celebrate this, what make 3.14 so special? Doing research and conducting interviews were a start.

Pi was discovered by the Babylonians in the early B.C. It is the ratio between a circles circumference and its diameter. No matter what it will always works out to be 3.14 and the number itself is never ending.

Pi day was discover long ago but was never celebrated until 1988 by Larry Shaw. At the San Francisco Exploratorium the staff did a public march and ate fruit pi. March 14, 2009 the US supported the idea of PI as a holiday.

There have been many great mathmatitons who have contributed to the development of the great decimal but there is not really any hard evidence as to why they decided to celebrate this specific decimal.

There could be many reasons but we have adopted it and we all love to have fun in class on this day. IU East has done events for this day in the past.
After talking to faculty member Julia Kim who stated “The math club used to have an event, but I don’t think IU East Math Club is scheduled for any event this year.”

Although it is sad that they aren’t having an event this year I decided to ask another if they would have an event before or after Spring Break.

Faculty member Neena Willison said, “Due to it happening on Spring Break the mentors do not have anything planned.”

Even if they did celebrate this IU East didn’t really explain the definition behind why we celebrate this. The answer may not be super clear but we should never stop looking. Here are some fun facts about PI Day.

March 14 is PI Day and in 1879 on this day Albert Einstein was born.

Lu Chao holds the record for knowing the most numbers in pi. He knows 67,890 numbers taking 24 hours and 4 minutes to repeat.

Pi cannot be expressed as a fraction.

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