Happy Pi Day!

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Happy 3/14!  Celebrate Pi Day by sharing your favorite pie recipes and/or your favorite mathematical trivia.  Jokes and anecdotes (true or otherwise) about pi, pie, and all things mathematical or baking-related are also welcome!

(Posted by Kristycat while chris the cynic is away!)

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9 thoughts on “Happy Pi Day!

  1. froborr March 14, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    One thing mathematicians suspect, but have not proven, is that every possible string of digits exists somewhere in pi. If true, this means that somewhere in pi is a string of digits expressing the complete works of William Shakespeare in the original Klingon… but it’s also possible that somewhere past the trillion digits or so already studied, pi suddenly starts going 01001100011100001111 etc and none of the other digits appear again. No one really knows for certain.

    Cheesecake is technically a kind of pie.

    The earliest known pies were made in what is now Egypt around 9500 BCE, and consisted of basically a piece of bread with honey baked into the center. The oldest known recipe for pie is a Sumerian chicken pie, and dates back to about 2000 BCE.

  2. Lonespark March 14, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    There were two kids competing over their memorization of pi in one of the English classes I subbed for today. You could say they were having a Pi Fight. Nyuk nyuk nyuk!

  3. alexseanchai March 14, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    I have an acquaintance who invented a dark-and-stormy cheesecake. I’m thinking of trying it. Not that I have time to make it before it ceases to be Pi Day in this time zone, but.

  4. Lonespark March 15, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Eh, let’s declare Pi Week.

  5. Brin March 15, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    There’s always the 22nd of July.

  6. Lonespark March 15, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    Oh that’s awesome.

  7. Firedrake March 16, 2014 at 10:45 am

    e^{\pi i}+1=0

    It makes no sense, until it makes sense, and after that everything is different.

  8. Lonespark March 16, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Oh, you posted that. I was just talking about that equation on the phone with Chris the Cynic. It doesn’t look as pretty without the symbols, unfortunately.

  9. Steve Morrison March 17, 2014 at 10:17 am

    I did memorize pi to more than 500 digits when I was thirteen. I can only remember the first hundred digits anymore, but they seem to be with me permanently.

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