Posted by: JanF | March 14, 2015

A Once in (most people’s) Lifetime Pi

The long awaited once in a century Pi Moment, March 14, 2015 at 9:26am RPT (3.141592653) has finally arrived. Well, I don’t know if it was long awaited but it was mentioned at least once around these parts.

So that means it is time to freshen up our Paean to Pi.

This!

Here are some Pi Facts:

The Guinness World Book record for memorized digits is 67,890 held by Lu Chao of China. It took 24 hours and 4 minutes to recite.

If 3.14 feels somewhat, well, incomplete, it's because it is. Even this needs ellipses.

3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197169399375105820974944592307…

That is because pi cannot be calculated to a conclusion: you could have a million decimal places, a trillion decimal places, and you would still not be done.

Nobel prize winning poet Wisława Szymborska wrote a poem about that:

The admirable number pi:
three point one four one.
All the following digits are also just a start,
five nine two because it never ends.
[…]
The caravan of digits that is pi
does not stop at the edge of the page,
but runs off the table and into the air,
over the wall, a leaf, a bird’s nest, the clouds, straight into the sky …

But today, as I was looking for more pi facts, I kept finding Pie!

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So to honor my inner pie lover (along with my inner geek), I will share my favorite: Key Lime Pie:

Clearly, PIning for some PIe is another thing that is never ending. 🙂

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