Finding Gems & Sharing Them – Happy Pi Day
This year I asked the question online who discovered pi and found there was no easy answer. It has been an unfolding revelation through the ages as people have taken it to more and more places usually when they had nothing better to do and later letting computers do it for them. If you want to read more about all that here is a wikipedia link to get started, but Archimedes is mentioned early on and Sir Isaac Newton also. However, no one person seems to get the credit for the ‘discovery’.
The first recorded algorithm for rigorously calculating the value of π was a geometrical approach using polygons, devised around 250 BC by the Greek mathematician Archimedes.^{[30]}
Isaac Newton used infinite series to compute π to 15 digits, later writing “I am ashamed to tell you to how many figures I carried these computations”.^{[52]}
On Facebook, my friend Joseph Hebert pointed out that this is a very special year for pi day as you look at the opening digits you will see that we have a special instant. Wonder if that is AM or PM?
“…But this time there will be a pi instant.
3.14.15 9:26:53.5897…
There will be an instant between 09:26:53 and 09:26:54 that will be the perfect pi moment.”
My First Pi day post from 2011 here >>>
Have a pi moment today. Have a piece of pie to celebrate.
Happy Pi Day!
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Happy Pi Day Everyone (3.14) Get it?
Pi Pics and Links from 2008
Here is how some math classes celebrate and don’t miss the pi song — it will hang in your brain for sure! Students participated in special PI Day activities, celebrated the day by singing PI Day songs, and (of course) the traditional eating of the pies.
Pi Day: The Other Math Holiday (pdf)
Uploaded on Mar 27, 2010 This is a music video of the song “Mathematical Pi” by Ken Ferrier and Antoni Chan.
My First Pi day post from 2011 here >>>
At 3.14 (3 minutes 14 seconds) David Letterman learns what pi means! Daniel Tammet is an amazing math genius who memorised pi to 20,000 places. Is he the world’s greatest math prodigy? He is an amazing mathematics savant or maths prodigy.
Think I’ll go have another piece of pie now just to help celebrate the day.
Posted by Sandra Crosnoe for Finding Gems & Sharing Them
Permalink: https://scrosnoe.wordpress.com/2014/03/14/happy-pi-day-oh-sure/
Happy Pi Day Everyone (3.14) get it?
Here is how some math classes celebrate and don’t miss the pi song — it will hang in your brain for sure! Students participated in special PI Day activities, celebrated the day by singing PI Day songs, and (of course) the traditional eating of the pies. Think I’ll go have a piece of pie now just to help celebrate the day.
Pi Pics and Links from 2008
Pi Song here >>> (it will echo in your mind!)
Pi Day Handout (word downloadable)
Pi Day: The Other Math Holiday (pdf)
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Posted by Sandra Crosnoe