Happy Pi Day!

Today is the day that leaves most mathematicians and science enthusiasts breathless. March 14th is known world-wide for many as Pi Day! Before you get too sad that the pi isn’t the edible kind (more on that in a minute), here are some interesting facts and celebrations of the day.

Pi is usually expressed in math and chemical equations. You may remember it from some of your classes in high school or college. Just a refresher, pi is usually seen by us as the form of a Greek symbol π. Pi is used to measure the ratio of a circles circumference to its diameter. It is a constantly changing figure depending on the size of the circle.

The date for Pi day is taken from the amount and decimals that Pi actually equals, beginning with 3.14. The symbol for Pi was used by three important figures Archimedes of Syracuse in 287-212 BC, British Mathematician William Jones in 1706, and Leonhard Euler in 1737.

The good news for you? You don’t have to be an expert to take part in Pi day. Usually, participating restaurants are willing to sell pizza or pie for a whopping $3.14 in honor of the day, so be sure to check around for good deals. If nothing else you can celebrate the day to learn a bit more about the world around you or have something interesting to share around the office. Happy Pi Day!

Source: Elizabeth Lane, Jefferson County Post Staff Writer