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.