Pi Day, You Say?

Well now I’m torn. “Pi Day” sounds like a lot of fun, but traditionally I celebrate Albert Einstein’s birthday.

It’s true: Einstein really was born on March 14 — you know, “3.14”. (Poor Europeans, who don’t understand why there’s pie on 14/3.)

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is running a “Pi Day Challenge” — “You may already know all about the mathematical constant pi (π) and how it can be used to calculate things like the circumference of a circle or the volume of a sphere. But did you know pi is also used all the time by NASA scientists and engineers to explore other planets?” More here.

 

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