n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - Mathematical holidays : miscellany
|Article Title||Mathematical holidays : miscellany|
|© Publisher:||Astronomical Society of Southern Africa (ASSA)|
|Journal||MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa|
|Publication Date||Apr 2009|
|Pages||83 - 84|
We tend to blame the politicians for all the holidays, but scientists and school teachers can be equally guilty. In 1988, physicist Larry Shaw of the San Francisco Exploratorium, instigated the first celebration of Pi Day. Pi Day is observed on 14 March (3/14, using the American style of writing dates), due to π being roughly equal to 3.14. If you visit the Exploratorium on this day you will find the staff (and visitors) marching around one of its circular spaces, consuming fruit pies (pizza pies have since been added to the menu).
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