WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Friday marked perhaps the most delicious day to celebrate mathematics.
That’s because the date March 14, or 3-14, is the same first three numbers of value of mathematical constant pi. Pi is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.
Purdue math students celebrated by eating pie Friday afternoon in an event hosted by the Graduate Student Chapter of the American Mathematical Society. Of course, the event began at 3:14 p.m. and included 14 pies.
“Eating pie, it definitely helps get people interested. Because I know sometimes people aren’t too interested in just talking about pi, but eating pie is just a nice way to get people to come and get interested,” said American Mathematical Society member Eddie Price.
Purdue University has a special role in Indiana’s history of pi. In 1897, the General Assembly considered a bill that would define pi as 3.2.
Purdue Professor Clarence Waldo saved the state some embarrassment by pointing out the mistakes in the bill which was later tabled.
To learn a little more history about the bill, click here to read Purdue Professor Edray Goins account of the events.
If you’re really excited about math, get ready for next year’s Pi Day. The year 2015 will match the next two digits of pi — 3.1415.