The earliest known official or large-scale celebration of Pi Day was organized by the physicist Larry Shaw in 1988 at the San Francisco Exploratorium.The most common ways of celebrating the day are marching in circles and eating fruit pies. Susan and I are thinking of watching the Life of Pi.
And who said Congress never gets anything done? On March 12, 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a non-binding resolution (HRES 224), recognizing March 14, 2009, as National Pi Day.
I lived in Princeton, New Jersey, for several years. Since Albert Einstein was born on March 14 (and lived in Princeton), Princeton now combines the birthday and Pi Day celebrations. An Einstein look-alike contest is the highlight of the festivities.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has often mailed its application decision letters to prospective students for delivery on Pi Day. Starting in 2012, MIT announced it will post those decisions (privately) online on Pi Day at exactly 6:28 pm, which they have called “Tau Time,” to honor the rival numbers Pi and Tau equally.
And that’s about enough on this subject for one day (unless my readers would like to post comments).
Below is a “Google Doodle” from a previous Pi Day.
Happy Pi Day, everybody!