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March 14, 2016 “Pi Day” Of THE Century Will Be The 29th Pi Day.

by Anura Guruge


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The first ‘Pi Day’ was celebrated at the ‘Exploratorium’
in 1988.

Amusingly, for a mathematical event at that, they counted wrong — forgetting that it has to be counted inclusively. Counting 1988 this would be the 29th annual Pi Day, NOT the 28th. That is FUNNY. 

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by Anura Guruge


March 14, 2016 “PI Day” Of THE Century — The Only One In Your Lifetime.

by Anura Guruge


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March 14, celebrated as ‘Pi Day‘, hopefully with real pies, happens each and every year on 3/143.14 the first three digits of π.

IF you wanted to be lax about it last year was special too = 3/14/15 BUT that did NOT sit well with mathematicians because π to five decimal places isn’t really 3.1415. That is because the next digit in this infinite sequence is ‘9’. So IF we are going to be mathematical, as we have to be in this case, π stated in five digits is 3.1416. Bingo.

No to be fair this ONLY works IF you still think of years in dates in 2-digits. I ceased to be a 2-digit man in 1998 with Y2K looming. Since then, as you may have noticed, I always spell out my years in 4 digits (because 2-digits no longer make sense).

But it is cute.

So you get it, right? Next 3/14/16 will be in March 2116. Hundred years from now. That is a long time.


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by Anura Guruge


Barnstead Elementary School (BES), NH, Holds ‘Pi Day’ Activity. Kudos.

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  Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> Barnstead Celebrating Pi Day
>> — Mar. 13, 2013.

>> March 14: Pi Day — Mar. 7, 2013.
>> The Math Museum In New York City
>>Mar. 4, 2013.


Barnstead to their credit did have a ‘Pi Day’ event replete also with pies for those that get hungry just thinking about math.

Though the new pope, who was in my published list of top 10 picks, was elected the day before, life continued to be crazy for me with interviews and Web updates. So I got Deanna to take the kids. They went. They like it. They were impressed. They had fun. They learned a few things. Teischan got to do some of the Grade 6 puzzles. She was thrilled. It was good. Kudos, Barnstead.

On the other hand, in Alton, Deanna got told off, in public, for asking on the ‘Alton Central School’ (ACS) Facebook page whether ACS had any plans for pi day. Yes, she was chastised. Why? Because she had done it via Facebook! She was told that matters such as that need to be dealt with by telephone. How quaint. Even the pope uses Facebook and Twitter and ACS demands that you can only ask questions via the telephone. I don’t know who actually told her off. I think it was the administrator of the ACS Facebook page. I don’t use Facebook. So I don’t see this stuff. Deanna thinks it was the Principal that told her off (but it could have been the IT ‘dept.‘) — and said that she should have telephoned the person responsible for curriculum. Wow. Talk about being officious. I wouldn’t have thought that having a pi day was really a curriculum issue. But, what do I know. If it was the Principal that told Deanna off I can fully understand. She has told me off too. Yep, well and truly put me in my place. Made me squirm and suck my thumb. Well, Deanna is not happy. She is not sure why ACS has a Facebook presence if you can’t actually ask bona fide school related questions. C’est la vie. I guess the best thing in future is to send all questions in writing, in triplicate, to the Superintendent, by certified mail. Will do.

But, back to BES. Here are some pictures that Deanna took.


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Barnstead, To Their Credit, Is Celebrating ‘Pi Day’. Alton Is Not Even Having A ‘Pie Day’. They Are Having Nachos. No Kidding.

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  Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> March 14: Pi Day — Mar. 7, 2013.
>> The Math Museum In New York City
>>Mar. 4, 2013.



Tomorrow, 3.14, i.e., March 14 (3/14) is World ∏ Day.

Many school districts exploit it as a good excuse to revel in the sheer sensual pleasure of mathematics.

I was delighted to see that Barnstead is doing so. Kudos, Barnstead.

Not so Alton. I had at least hoped that Alton might make it Pie Day. Not even that. We checked, printed timetable and online. No mention.

But, then again, Alton probably doesn’t have to celebrate math.

I went and just checked to make sure. Alton’s much vaunted Prospect Mountain High School (PMHS). 44% of Juniors proficient in Math in the NECAP testing! Is that good? They probably should be treated to pies. Lots of them.

Click to access the February 28, 2013 'The Baysider' to read the original article.

Click to access the February 28, 2013 ‘The Baysider’ to read the original article.

C’est la vie.

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