In other news, Dr. Dan tweeted earlier that though he’d been hoping to have 314 hits on his blog today in honour of Pi Day, he’s only had 172 and was wondering if he could get 142 more before midnight Eastern time. So I checked my site stats to see if I’d had 314 hits today and would you believe that I had exactly 142 hits? 142! The exact number that, combined with Dan’s 172, makes 314. IT’S A FUCKING PI DAY MIRACLE PEOPLE!!
for my less nerdy friends who are wondering what the hell, I’m talking about – check out Pi Day [↩]
That is one tough looking chick doing the gangster pi sign.
Well, as with any gang, it turns out that there is a challenger on the horizon. One Dr. Daniel has decided to challenge the world to the first ever Interwebs Gangster Pi-Off! And apparently my gangster pi sign of awesomeness was not good enough for him, so he invented the East Coast version, seen here in the photo I’ve stolen off his blog2
Oh no, you di-int just flash the *East* Coast gangster pi sign!
To enter the Interweb Gangster Pi-Off, you need to go to Dr. Dan’s site and read the rulez. The rulez basically being that you have to send him a photo of YOU doing the gangster pi sign. Like young Rick here who, being a Calgarian3, displays his best west coast gangster pi sign:
He sees your west coast ganster pi sign and raises you an eyebrow.
You can do either the west coast symbol or the east coast symbol, but we all know that the cool kids will do it west coast style. And you must do it before Pi Day! I’m sure I don’t need to remind you that Pi Day is March 14 – I trust that you are all well along in your Pi Day Party planning, yes?
Wait, it was actually double-handedly, given that the sign requires the use of both hands [↩]
For the uninitiated1, Pi Boxing Day is the day when one traditionally boxes up all the uneaten pie from Pi Day. Except, of course, that you ate all the pie. Which makes Pi Boxing Day the best holiday because it requires absolutely no work. And you are full of pie still.
I told you that I liked to celebrate Pi Day by being irrational.
Many people celebrate Pi Day by eating pie. I prefer to celebrate it by being irrational.
In honour of Pi Day, I have houndeddemanded of nicely asked my Official Statistician & Tattoo Consultant for some wise words about pi to share with you, my lovely readers1 So here, my friends, is some info on the wonder that is pi, from the wonder that is Almost Dr. Dan:
Not only is Pi irrational (i.e., it cannot be expressed as the ration of two integers), it is also transcendental. That is, it cannot be a zero (or root) of a polynomial equation with integer valued coefficients. For example, while root 2 is irrational, it is the solution to the following polynomial: x^2=2.
Other interesting Pi tidbits:
Indiana once had a ‘pi bill’ up for legislative discussion. Turns out an amateur mathematician thought he had proved how to square the circle. Sadly for him, it had already been shown that this was an impossibility in 1882 by von Lindemann. Strangely enough, people still to this day try to prove that you can square the circle. But I digress. The pi bill indirectly asserted that pi was in fact 3.2. Check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indiana_Pi_Bill for full details.
I’ve also heard of other laws (but couldn’t verify the info) that had pi set to 4 (yikes!).
One of my favourite representations for pi is this rather simple looking infinite sum. It’s credited to Gregory and Leibniz.
As well, in honour of Pi Day, I give you this photo of Dan’s pi tattoo:
Yup, pi. As in ” the ratio of a circle’s area to the square of its radius” [Source: wikipedia]. As in 3.141592…. As in March 14 (3/14). And, now that I think about it, we are only six years away from an even more precise Pi Day: March 14, 2015 (3/14/15) !
This holiest of holy days was recently brought to my attention by my friend, Almost Dr. Dan, who is an Almost Dr. of Statistics and who has tattoos of the Greek letters sigma, psi, delta, gamma, xi, and, of course, pi, on various locations on his body.
With the use of computers, Pi has been calculated to over 1 trillion digits past the decimal. Pi is an irrational number meaning it will continue infinitely without repeating. The symbol for pi was first used in 1706 by William Jones, but was popular after it was adopted by the Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler in 1737.