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.