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Happy Pi Day!

Great day for pi...

Today, in case you’re not a math nerd in love with serendipitous numeric alignments, is March 14 of the year ’15, or 3-14-15 — the first five digits of the number pi. It’s a progression we won’t see again for a hundred years.

That has people who dig math really excited.

Pi – we are told by those in the know – can’t be written as a simple fraction and is considered transcendental, a math term for something whose properties cannot be expressed algebraically. Pi, therefore, has entered a whole new level of significance and appreciation, assuming an almost other-worldly quality for aficionados: the circumference of a circle, divided by its diameter, and it’s true no matter what size the circle is.

Fans are carefully counting pi down to the second today. At 9:26 and 53 seconds, both a.m. and p.m., pi will be represented to 10 digits: 3.141592653.

That’s a very cool thing for Numbers People.


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