For someone who has trouble with language, I enjoy playing with it.
March 14th, for instance, is one of my favorite days of the year, because it’s basically a massive math pun.
That’s right, I’m referring to Pi Day! The perfect day to indulge in pie of all kinds!
For those who don’t know what pi is, it’s the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, and it’s considered an irrational number. Mathematicians are still trying to calculate what it is exactly, but as of 2013, they’ve calculated it to over 13.3 digits. As far as most people are concerned though, it’s 3.1415.
This year’s Pi Day is especially pi, since it’ll be 3/14/15. At 9:26 AM, it’ll be even MORE pi, because pi’s 3.1415926.
I’m not the only one with a somewhat geeky love of the day, either. In fact, GE sent actual pie out to twitter users who talked about Pi Day back in 2013. I even got a picture of mine.
|Pie wasn’t too bad, even if it did get squished on the way here. I still have that Pi Day plaque somewhere in my office.|
On a slightly more serious note, these kinds of days are great ways to make the act of learning a lot more fun than it could be. There’s no way I’d have that particular number memorized if I didn’t have something to so strongly associate it with.
That’s the biggest reason for my affection towards the day. I love learning, but if I’d restricted my education to what went on during my schooling, I don’t think I’d like it as much as I do.
Pi Day, geek culture and the scientific side of art are all ways to bring fun back into the act of learning about our world. Play is our first avenue of education as children, so why shouldn’t we embrace the joy of those acts throughout our lives?