~~March 14, 2018~~
What is Pi Day?
The maths event celebrates π, the term used to describe the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, commonly shortened to 3.14159.
It has been traced back to Larry Shaw, a physicist who is believed to have held the first ever Pi Day celebration in 1988.
When is Pi Day celebrated?
Every year, Pi Day is observed on March 14.
The event falls on this specific date because the first three significant digits of π are 3, 1 and 4.
Here are 7 fun facts about Pi
1. It’s the 16th letter of the Greek alphabet
2. It was proved to be an irrational number in the 18th Century
3. There are no occurrences of the sequence 123456 in the first million digits of pi
4. The World Record for memorising the digits of pi belongs to Lu Chao, from China. The maths whizz was able to recall the first 67,890 numbers
5. Using a powerful computer, the Hitachi SR 8000, a Japanese scientist found 1.24 trillion digits of Pi, breaking all the previous records
6. Pi Day falls on March 14, which is German genius Albert Einstein’s birthday
7. Pi has featured in many a Hollywood blockbuster, as it was used as the secret code in Hitchcock’s Torn Curtain and also in The Net, which stars Sandra Bullock