Although an unofficial holiday, multiple local restaurants celebrated Pi Day yesterday. Last year's Pi Day was extra special, because the year and day and month (3/14/15) all configured to constitute the first four places after the decimal point in the beloved mathematical constant, according to NBC News. This year was only slightly less special: It was "Rounded Pi Day," since the number in fifth place after the decimal is 9 – hence, 3.1416.
The unofficial holiday is celebrated because the date (3/14) corresponds with pi, a mathematical constant. Pi has been calculated to more than 1 trillion digits after the decimal point in the number 3.14, according to the Red and Black.
A few of the local restaurants that celebrated Pi Day according to the Red and Black included: Pouch, located within walking distance of the University of Georgia, offered Pouch Pies for just $3.14 all day; Your Pie also offered various combos, pizzas and beer for $3.14; and DePalmas offered various discounts for Pi Day as well.
According to NBC, National Pi Day isn’t just a geeky celebration for mathematicians, but an event officially recognized by the House of Representatives. And, along with the word "hypotenuse," "pi" is one part of math class that people actually remember past the age of 10.
Pi is an infinite number (usually represented as 3.14) with no repeating pattern, and is most commonly used to calculate the circumference of a circle.
By measuring circular objects, it has always turned out that a circle is a little more than 3 times its width around. In the Old Testament of the Bible (1 Kings 7:23), a circular pool is referred to as being 30 cubits around, and 10 cubits across, according to piday.org. The mathematician Archimedes used polygons with many sides to approximate circles and determined that Pi was approximately 22/7. The symbol (Greek letter “π”) was first used in 1706 by William Jones. A ‘p’ was chosen for ‘perimeter’ of circles, and the use of π became popular after it was adopted by the Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler in 1737.
Officially, National Pi Day is meant to "recognize the continuing importance of National Science Foundation's math and science education programs." So, basically it's a chance for discounted food and goods.
And if you need any more reason to geek out about March 14, according to ABC News, it was Albert Einstein's 137th birthday.
If you missed National Pi Day, don’t fret. It comes around every March 14. And while Pi Day often offers consumers pizza and pie for discounted prices, there’s always St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, where green beer will likely be flowing.
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