Reflections on a day dedicated to ‘a poser of a number’

It’s not a Pi Day (3.14) without a video from mathematician Vi Hart, who just hates Pi Day.

In fact, she’s not really a big fan of Pi. She more the Tau type.

  • wjc

    This post is irrational.

  • John

    Much as I love pi day (because I love pie and math), it does have a strain of wishing for legitimacy running through it, so I can’t argue with her. In my lab/office, we celebrate it every year, with a massive breakfast potluck of fruit, cream, shepherds, chicken pot, and egg based pies. then a lunch of pizza pie.

    I have gotten ads this year (as I did last year) for the “Pi day of the century,” so her hope for a more accurate (1 sig fig better) is somewhat realized. Last year’s feast started at 9:29 AM, giving us an arbitrary time that adds digits. This year, we just ate as things arrived.

    Seems like as good a reason as any to spend the day packing in delicious, albeit deadly, feasting while the foggy world outside continues on its way.

    • Pi Day is the math version of Mother’s Day.

      • John

        them’s fighting words. . .

        is it frivolous? yep.
        pointless? yep
        delicious? absolutely.

        okay, so except for the delicious part, it’s just like Mother’s Day. i don’t have to buy a card for anyone though, so Hallmark misses their chance on this one.

  • Jack Ungerleider

    If you find the celebration of Pi to be irrational, but you would like to have a celebration anyway, then celebrate Einstein’s Birthday instead. I can’t be certain but he probably wouldn’t mind if we celebrate with pie instead of cake. 😉

    • wjc
      • Jack Ungerleider

        My good sir, you must take me for a dolt, or possibly a modern Pythagorean. I am a long time recreational mathematician and well aware that the world we live in is not a completely rational one.

        • wjc

          Never! Just wanted to clarify for the uninitiated.