Pi Day!

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  • Teen Tech Week

Celebrate the mathematical constant Pi (3.14) on 3/14! There will be a variety of pies to eat and some spirographs for teens to play with. This event is part of the 2014 Teen Tech Week, which runs March 9–15.


The idea for Pi Day was first conceived by Larry Shaw in 1988 at the San Francisco Exploratorium, where Shaw formerly worked as a physicist.

The date is also Albert Einstein's birthday, who was born on this day in 1879. Einstein would go on to make extensive use of the transcendental number π in the course of developing his monumental theories regarding general relativity, cosmology, and quantum mechanics.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has historically mailed its application decision letters to prospective students for delivery on Pi Day.

On March 12, 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a non-binding resolution recognizing March 14, 2009, as National Pi Day

During the 2011 auction for Nortel's portfolio of valuable technology patents, Google made a series of unusually specific bids based on mathematical and scientific constants, including π billion ($3.14159 billion)

π is an irrational number, meaning it cannot be expressed exactly as a common fraction. Consequently, its decimal representation never ends and never settles into a permanent repeating pattern. In the 20th and 21st centuries, mathematicians and computer scientists discovered new approaches that—when combined with increasing computational power—enhanced their ability to calculate the exact value of π with increasing precision. As of late 2011, the decimal representation of π had been extended to over 10 trillion digits.

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