March 14 is...
International π (Pi) and Pythagoras Day
Celebrate on 3-14 or be Square!
Celebrate 3, 4, 5 with a Flair!
Day, March 14 or 3-14 everyone is welcomed to do the
which is a circular folk dance my fellow Kalamatans enjoy performing
during the many holidays. So dance or be square! Celebrate on 3-14
and be cheerful all day. HAPPY PI DAY!
I had considered celebrating
Pi Day on the 22nd
of July or 7-22 (22/7=3.142857... which is equal to pi within 0.04025%)
The 7-22 is a closer
approximation or a more accurate representation of pi than than
March 14 or 3-14 (3.14). To democratize the process I asked a small sampling of
family and friends to choose between 3-14 and 7-22. Only one
person who will remain anonymous voted for July 22 as Pi Day. These
individuals unanimously (minus one) proclaimed Pi Day to be observed and
celebrated on March fourteen. March fourteenth is the date others
have also suggested as being the best day to celebrate pi day, so
let it be 3-14!
Pythagorean Man Emulation
(569/70 – c. 475 BCE)
March 14 is
3.1415 Wow! 3-4-5 is the Pythagorean Triplet
Pi (π) is a Greek letter phonetically equivalent to the English "p".
Pi is also
the geometric symbol used to designate the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its
Pi = 3.14159...
Pi starts with 3_4_5 which is the
Pythagorean Triplet, the
smallest possible triplet that represents the Pythagorean triangle. Remember from
high school the Pythagorean Theorem, if two sides of a right triangle are
3 and 4 respectfully then the hypotenuse will be 5. Though the 3-4-5
triplet at the very start of pi is very significant the addition of
other "oddities" as shown on
conclusively demonstrates intelligent manipulation of this
God, the Master Mathematician enumerated pi so that the
triplet will be noticed. Since God intentionally put the Pythagorean
triplet right at the start of pi, lets us also acknowledge
Pythagoras with a day of celebration.
Pythagoras made many
experimental and theoretical scientific
contributions that made our modern world possible so this is an
additional reason to honor this extraordinary man! Due to the
Pythagorean triplet starting in pi I believe it is appropriate for
Pythagoras Day and Pi Day to be celebrated on the same day, on March
Lets go one step further on
the great scientific contributions of other geniuses such as
Plato, Ptolemy, Parmanides
* and other Greek scientists who's names start with "P":
The list of the more notable
philosophers that start with "P":
Paul of Aigina (C7 AD)
Palladius, Rutilius Taurus Aemilianus (after AD 450)
Pelagonius (C4 AD), Ars Veterinaria
Periplous of the Erythraian Sea
Petronius (C1 AD)
II of Macedon
Pindar of Thebes (518-c. 446 BC)
Pliny the Younger, Gaius Caecilius Secundus, of Comum (c. AD 61-113)
Polybios of Megalopolis (c. 200-118 BC)
Pompey, Gnaeus Magnus (106-48 BC)
Wikipedia - Pi Day
Daniel Tammet - After reciting pi to the
22,514 digits, Tammet was asked why memorize pi. He replied that pi
is an extremely beautiful and utterly unique thing. Like the Mona
Lisa or a Mozart symphony, pi is its own reason for loving it.
The math savant has painted a picture of pi. See
I must admit many of the "P"
scientists and philosophers starting with Plato should be honored
with their own day of celebration. My apologies to all the other
Greek philosophers and scientists not mentioned here that do not have names starting