Pi Day: Google celebrates 30th anniversary of mathematical constant

What is Pi day

Pi Day was first celebrated by physicist Larry Shaw at the Exploratorium in San Francisco nearly 30 years ago and incidentally in 2009, the United States House of Representatives voted in favour of designating 3/14 as Pi Day.

Pi Day is dedicated to the mathematical constant, Pi, and is celebrated every year on March 14 since 3, 1, and 4 are the first three significant digits of pi.

The dessert is visible right in Google's Doodle, baked by award-winning pastry chef Dominique Ansel, who popularized the Cronut and other sweet treats in his bakeries throughout New York, Los Angeles, London, and Tokyo. While MIT always posts its application decision letters online specifically on this date at 6.28 pm to honour the rival numbers pi and tau equally, Princeton hosts pie eating contests.

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Wednesday marks the 30th anniversary of Pi Day's creation and celebration as a holiday, and it's also coincidentally physicist Albert Einstein's birthday. Google states that this year is the 30th year of celebrating Pi day, as it was first recognised by physicist Larry Shaw in 1988.

In geometry, "Pi" plays an important constant in finding out the area of a circle. Close to a trillion places have been calculated of pi and since it is an irrational number, it can go upto infinity. Ansel describes the process of cooking itself as a scientific process where one has to be precise, keep in mind volume and weight in a video to celebrate the Pi day. The challenge is in its fifth year, and features mathematical problems that can be solved using Pi.

The Google Doodle has a pie. Why?

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