Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Pi Day (Mar. 14) Not Just A Nerd Holiday

SAN FRANCISCO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Pi Day (Mar. 14) celebrates the famous number, but it’s not just math geeks who love it.

The 21st Annual Pi Day celebration brings brainy number buffs to San Francisco’s Exploratorium every year to celebrate the number 3.14, which is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter.

Though it’s mostly math dorks that celebrate Pi Day, holiday founder Larry Shaw says anyone can enjoy it.

He assures, “Sure, we get people who are trekkies and stuff but anybody that plays with mathematics can enjoy Pi Day. It’s not strictly geeky.”

Shaw says that the “fundamental mystery” to the number is what “makes it exciting for everyone,” since it can’t be pinned down to a whole number or a fraction.

To celebrate Pi Day, the Exploratorium will have pizza pie throwing, pie to munch on, and a sing-along of the “Pi Song,” which is set to the tune of “American Pie” and tells the history of Pi and counts the numbers in the sequence.

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