Today is Pi day. Pi ( or 3.141) is the ratio of the circumference of a circle. An irrational number with a decimal representation that continues until infinity without repeating, pi has been calculated via computers to 1 trillion places past the decimal point. In October of 2006, Akira Haraguchi, of Japan spent 16 hours reciting pi to 100,000 decimal places, thus breaking his personal best of 83, 431 and placing him in the Guinness Book Of World Records. Monday my 8th grade daughter, Paige, will attempt to break her personal best of 268 decimal places when she recites pi to her math teacher. So far she’s up to 250.
I’m no math geek. I use my fingers when adding in my head and have difficulty with fractions, but somehow (apparently due to my husband’s DNA and chromosomes) I gave birth to a math geek. And since this math geek also likes to bake, soon a pie will be baking in her pi plate:
Even Rachel Maddow got in on the fun last night on her show:
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So to recap, the Pi Day festivities are in full swing here. I’ll report back later with photos of the scrumptious dessert that emerges from my oven.