What is Pi Day?

Mark your calendars, because Pi Day is coming up! Now, you may be wondering, what is Pi Day? Held on March 14th every year, the date of this holiday matches the first 3 digits of the mathematical constant pi (π). Although Pi Day is usually celebrated by educators, scholars, and mathematicians, there are many amazing ways that others can join in!

If you divide any circle’s circumference by its diameter, you will always get the same number, 3.14 (π). Although pi was not discovered on 3/14, it is celebrated on this date every year to symbolize the numbers it represents.

The symbol π was devised by British mathematician William Jones in 1706 to represent the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, but the beginnings of pi go back much further than that. What is fascinating about the ratio is that no matter the size of your circle whether it be a planet or golf ball, the calculation will always equal 3.14. Because pi is irrational, no two consecutive numbers are the same, making it a very long and complex decimal, seemingly impossible to remember. Many hold contests on 3/14 to see who can memorize the most decimal numbers of pi.

Before the discovery of the symbol, Babylonian mathematicians used to approximate pi as 3.125 through calculating the circumference of a hexagon, while ancient documents show that Egyptians estimated the value to be about 3.16045. As time went on, the calculation was still not precise enough, and Archimedes took steps to improve its accuracy. With the progress of mathematicians from all over the world, European scholars found improved ways of calculating pi such as Sir Issac Newton. Today, through the help of computer algorithms, mathematicians have found up to the two-quadrillionth digit of pi, impressive right?!

How do we celebrate you may ask? By eating delicious pies of course! We love celebrating holidays here and in honor of 3/14, STOP Restoration will be giving out free cherry pies to our customers this Pi Day! Join us on 3/14 to celebrate Pi Day and receive your free pie with any service. What’s better than getting your home fixed and getting free pie?! Call us today at (505) 892-3112 to schedule your visit from our team on 3/14.