National Pi Day

Do you remember the symbol π that you dealt with in math class back when you were in school? Or perhaps you would be familiar with it if you work in a math or science-related field and having to use it. That is the Greek letter pi that equates to 3.14 and other numbers following that. And you want to acknowledge that on National Pi Day!

March 14th is National Pi Day because it is 3/14 on the calendar. Maybe you are the type that did not do well in math, and it brings you nightmares when you think about having to work through those difficult math problems in school. What makes this day even more fitting is that March 14th was Albert Einstein’s birthday, the math genius! However, what also goes through your mind when you think of Pi? Well, how about the dessert! If you don’t want to think about math, then think about having a slice of pie!

There are so many pie slices to choose from whether you get yourself a slice of apple pie, cherry pie, pecan pie, and one of the favorites, lemon meringue pie! You can also get a slice of pizza from a pizza or a chicken pot pie. You can also merge the Pi symbol with a pie. Many restaurants on National Pie Day tend to do that. What they tend to do is whenever they bake a pie, they will add an indent onto it of the symbol π. That way, you really know you are getting the best of a pie on National Pie Day, and you do not have to be a math geek or even like math to enjoy it.

History Of National Pi Day

You will have to go back several millennia to understand the value of Pi. Archimedes of Syracuse, who lived from 287 to 212 BCE, was one of the renowned mathematicians, and he was the one who calculated the value of Pi. Then in 1647, William Oughtred was baptized with the Greek letter’s name, and in 1737, Leonhard Euler used Pi as the symbol among scientists. And then it expanded even more in 1988 during the Exploratorium in San Fransisco, as a physicist Larry Shaw linked March 14th to a day dedicated to fruit pies. He offered slices of pie to the Exploratorium staff at 1:59 pm, which are the next three digits of Pi. That is how National Pi Day happened.

How To Celebrate National Pi Day

Go to a restaurant and order a slice of pie as many restaurants offer pie slices at $3.14. Or, go have a slice of pie at home! Take a picture of it, and show it on social media, and don’t forget to add #NationalPiDay in your post!

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