Wednesday, 12 March 2008

PI Day is COMING, PI Day is Coming!!!!

Yeah! Finally a math Holiday, and at my school we actually give the kids the day off (well, some may think that is for course scheduling, but actually it is to celebrate Pi Day. March 14 (3.14....get it?) has been unofficially designated as PI day. (Who would have the authority to make it official?)

Many of you who may feel a little embarrassed that you haven't memorized Pi beyond two or three digits may want to run this video of a parody of the Don McLean's classic "American Pie." It has the first 29 digits (child's play) of the mathematical Pi. Enjoy!

For a little about the history of Pi, you can read my entry at Mathwords, and even learn a little about William Jones, who was the first person to tie the Greek Letter Pi to the circumference-diameter relation of a circle (and you thought the Greeks always used Pi for that didn't you?).

Anne Buckner sent me a link to a Pi movie on BrainPOP... You have to register and they send you emails, but mostly harmless. Today is also Albert Einstein's birthdate, so they have a quick movie about Big Al as well.

And just in case you didn't know where else to find it.... Pi, more than you ever wanted to know...

3. 14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937510 58209749445923078164062862089986280348253421170679 82148086513282306647093844609550582231725359408128 ....

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