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Today is Pi Day. Reason? The date, when shown numerically, is the same as the first three digits of pi (3.14). Pi represents the ratio of a Euclidean circle to its diameter, or how many diameters fit around the circumference of a circle. Pi is a mathematical constant that has no repeating numbers though computers and mathematicians keep on looking. I am far from an expert, so here are some interesting bits from the web to feed your brain and stomach.
Some people who are much smarter than me think that math classes should teach Tau. Check out this video from the musician Vi Hart to see an amusing explanation. The other videos are just as nifty. Also, from New Scientist, a musical interpretation of Pi.
Baking and eating pie is always fun no matter the holiday, but here is another take on baking pi.
Other books we can get from MeLCat are listed below.
- Easy as Pi: The Countless Ways We Use Numbers Every Day by Jamie Buchan
- Euclid’s Elements (aka Thirteen books of Euclid’s Elements) by Euclid
- The Golden Ratio: The Story of Phi, the World’s Most Astonishing Number by Mario Livio
- The Great Equations: Breakthroughs in Science From Pythagoras to Heisenberg by Robert P. Crease
- Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea by Charles Seife