Happy Pi Day

As another example of why wonderful, delicious pie kicks ass over (gag) cake… I present to you… today.  Pi Day.

What is Pi Day?

Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159.

Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point. As an irrational and transcendental number, it will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern. While only a handful of digits are needed for typical calculations, Pi’s infinite nature makes it a fun challenge to memorize, and to computationally calculate more and more digits.

–  From piday.org


This year is being called “Rounded Up Pi Day”, as 3.14159 can be rounded up to 3.1416, which matches today’s date of 3/14/16.  Math nerds are so cute… I should know, I have sired two of them.

Coincidentally (or perhaps not), Pi Day also falls on the birthday of Albert Einstein, who, aside from being the eminent physicist and thinker of our time, has also been the source of some of the best quotes ever collected.  Here is a small sample (some of which impeccably describe the current Republican Presidential primary):

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”

“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.”

“The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.”

“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.”

“When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That’s relativity.”

From a baseball perspective, look at the quote in the front page image:

“Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.”

Is Einstein making an argument for or against Sabrmetrics as a player evaluation tool?  You decide…

I will leave you with the following, that undeniably proves the superiority of pie (and of Pi):


Happy Pi Day!

Note: there ain’t no “Cake Day”… nor is there a “Bread Pudding Day”, much to the chagrin of our own dear misguided HBPiD aficionado, Historiophiliac.

26 thoughts on “Happy Pi Day

    1. Exactly. I like many pies better than any cakes….but both are freaking fantastic.

      This is really an argument akin to debating “Would you want your team to win the WS in 4 games or 7 games?” as if there was one right answer. Who the hell cares, both results are awesome!

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    1. Yes, Einstein has been on the internet supporting all sorts of things he probably never even heard of in his life. We’ll be hearing soon how he came out for Trump, I’m sure.

      My brother-in-law is a bit of a right wing troglodyte, but he carries it with a bit more humor than most. He forwards me the really ridiculous or offensive claims that circulate on the E-mails and I debunk them with direct quotes and articles. I think he secretly hopes I will fail (and I probably will on some occasions, but not yet) but it has turned into a bit of a game between us.

      The latest two involved a quote from Marx that was completely out of character and involved a late 20th century provenance; and an E-mail from Bill Bennett claiming the “establishment” was going to assassinate our new hero Donald Trump. Never mind that Bennett is on record as shuddering at the mere thought of Trump.

      It’s just like the old commercial. “They’re not allowed to put anything that’s not true on the internet.” “Where did you get that?” “On the internet”


    1. I think he’s just saying, “Hey man, don’t ignore the error bars….we got us some unknown sources of variation here.”


  1. The funny thing about every quote being attributed to Churchill or Twain or Einstein or Franklin or Lincoln….is that they would all say the same thing that famous quote master Yogi Berra said, “I didn’t say half the things I said.” (which, of course, may or may not be something Berra actually said).

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  2. Back in the day, I did a research project on changes in the ways magazines covered Einstein in the 20’s versus the 30’s. It was interesting — but also the way his “wit and wisdom” lives on when other scientists’ doesn’t (which is, of course, partly related to how popular outlets presented him). You’ll be amused to know that the first popular mag to carry a story on him called him Edwin Einstein.


    1. Oh, and Henry Ford’s anti-Semetic rag spent a lot of effort trying to debunk and discredit Einstein’ work. Remember that when you see those feel-good car ads about Henry camping with presidents back in the old days.


  3. Well, I’ve been uninvolved lately due to brain damage. But even I know that the so-called magical numeric incredibility of “Pi” is only a result of your specie’s ten fingers, and any thinking species sees no significance of such an accident of genetics. My thanks to Agent K for alerting me to this farce of an entry as we enjoyed a slice of – you guessed it – pie.

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