Math lovers around the world prepare for Pi Day celebrations


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Some of the digits of Pi

Kaylee Hart

As March 14 is coming up soon, math lovers around the world are coming together to celebrate National Pi Day. 


Pi Day is an annual celebration for the mathematical number π. It’s celebrated on March 14, because of the first three significant digits of pi; three, one and four. 


1650 BC was the first calculation of pi. It was done by Archimedes of Syracuse, a Greek mathematician, and astronomer. He calculated the area of a circle with the use of the Pythagorean Theorem, stated by Math Solutions


The earliest known celebration of Pi Day was organized by Larry Shaw in 1988. He hosted the event at the San Francisco Exploratorium, where they looked into the significance of pi, hosted a circular parade and ate lots of fruit pies, according to Brynn Holland. He led this event to draw attention to the science, technology, engineering and math fields.


In 2009, the U.S House of Representatives decided to pass Pi Day as an official national holiday. They voiced that they urged schools to “take the opportunity to teach their students about Pi and engage them about the study of mathematics,” stated by CNet News.


Today, the number of π is used for many occupations. Most engineers, construction workers, electric companies and telephone service use mathematical equations and numbers like pi to make their job possible. 


Every year, on March 14, people celebrate their love for math at the Pi Day Exploration. It’s hosted at the San Francisco Exploratorium and includes many games and various pie activities


Unfortunately, this year’s Pi Day Exploratorium was canceled due to global health issues. People are disappointed but understand from certain circumstances. 


Pi day celebrations will continue to be held in classrooms across the world. People will take this opportunity to eat pie, have pie-eating contests and discuss the significance and the impact of the number π.