Friday, March 14, 2014

Happy Pi Day!

It’s March 14, better known to nerds like me as 3.14, which is the start of the value of the mathematical term π, also known as pi and pronounced the same as “pie.”

If you want to get really nerdy, pi refers to the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, which, trust me, is really useful in finding out all kinds of neat geometric information. The number is also irrational and has an infinite non-repeating number of digits after that decimal point, which makes it a very interesting number for math nerds.

Because today’s date is sometimes written as 3/14, today is referred to by nerds as pi day. Nerds being goofy and fun-loving, they often celebrate pi day with actual pies. One year my husband and I made sure we had pie for each meal: a savory quiche pie for breakfast, a pizza pie for lunch and a pie for dessert after dinner.

When I worked for Math ‘n’ Stuff in Seattle, Pi Day was considered quite the holiday, with the store going all-out each year to promote mathematics... and eat a little pie in the break room as well.

In Sunnyside, we have a non-nerdy time for pie as well. In fact, this past Wednesday was the first day of the Lenten soup and pie lunches. I opted for a lemon meringue pie this week.

I’ve noted in the past that the only problem with the Lenten pies is that there are never enough Wednesdays to try all the options. The lemon meringue was incredibly good, and I heard from co-workers about some other good choices for next week.

I don’t observe Lent personally, but I have great respect for the concepts behind it and for those who choose to sacrifice something they love during those days. I’m also really happy that some folks have chosen to give me the option of trying a different pie each week.

So, happy Pi Day to everyone! And if you want to join in with Sunnyside’s own pie days, visit the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church next Wednesday between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for soup and pie.

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