Pi Day Planning

Pi Day is one of those geekish holidays that I don’t pay much attention.

Pi Day, by the way, is March 14th. 3/14. Ie., 3.141592653589793. The circumference of a circle divided by its diameter. π.

Fifteen digits of π is all NASA needs for its interplanetary missions. A calculation of the circumference of a circle with a diameter the distance of the Voyager 1 probe, 12 1/2 billion miles from earth, would be off by an inch and a half.

Forty digits of π are all you need to accurately calculate the size of the universe to the width of a hydrogen atom.

No, I’ve never eaten pie for Pi Day. I understand why people do — Pie and π — but that just seems silly. But I won’t mock anyone who makes a big deal about pie.

Especially key lime pie.

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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