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Pi Day of the Century: Never Miss a Chance to Celebrate

Published on March 23, 2015 by Karen Newmeyer

What do you get when you cut a jack-o-lantern by its diameter? The answer? Pumpkin pi, of course!

Students Gera Taylor and Ashley Maycock enjoy some pie

Pi Day has become a great excuse to indulge in that favorite of all desserts: Pie. March 14th was official named Pi Day by resolution of the US House of Representative in 2009. And this year wasn’t just any run-of-the-mill Pi Day either; it was Pi Day of the Century, when the calendar/clock spelled out pi to nine decimal places: 3.141592653, meaning 3rd month, 14th day, 15th year, 9th hour, 26th minute and 53rd second.

Even though Pi Day fell on a Saturday this year, Broadview University, Orem campus, still took time to take note of Pi Day by serving up homemade pies. We had peach, coconut cream, lemon meringue, Dutch apple, Reece Peanut Butter, chocolate, banana cream, blueberry, and fresh strawberry pies, all homemade by Brent Clark’s (Director of Career Services) daughter, Jordan who is raising money so she can go on a school trip to visit the Ronald Reagan Library and Museum in Simi Valley, California. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, many of the pies were topped with green whipped topping. A path of gold leprechaun gold led students from the student common to the library.

While the number of pies served was finite, pi is not. Pi (π) is a mathematical constant and is used in mathematical formulas and represents the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. As Spock put it, “The value of pi is a transcendental figure without resolution.” Even with modern computers, the exact value cannot be determined. Its value is approximately 3.14 but has been computed to over a trillion decimal places and it still goes on. Mathematics define it as an “irrational” number.

So, what did you do for Pi Day? Hope it was irrational!

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