Celebrate Pi Day and Be Irrational!

Pi Day Celebration

Another great thing about living in Silicon Valley is that it is full of tech-geek-nerd-math-science-types – and events like this!

I recall being fascinated by this magical number when I was in school, spending hours in the computer lab tweaking algorithms to calculate as many digits as I could… and reprogramming our code on punch cards!

Who says you can’t have your Pi and eat it, too? Not us! Join us at the Computer History Museum Saturday, March 14, for Pi Day. Celebrate the never-ending number with Pi-themed activities and fun for all ages, including a children’s book reading, Raspberry Pi family workshops, and a Raspberry Pi showcase and after-party! Enjoy music in our lobby and delicious PiE, PiZZA, and PiNTS, available for purchase in our Cloud Café.

“?” is the symbol used in mathematics to represent the constant ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, which is approximately 3.1415926. To celebrate this phenomenon, math and science lovers everywhere have been joining together since 1988 to honor Pi on 3/14—an homage to the first three digits of everyone’s favorite number. The year 2015 brings a rare opportunity to celebrate on the month, day, and year of the first five digits of Pi—3/14/15.

Be sure to check out our special Pi Day hours and activity ambien schedule. Registration is required for workshop sessions. To reserve your spot, please see event website to register.

Early Hours and Admission Information:
9:26 AM—The Museum is opening its doors early in honor of the sixth, seventh, and eighth digits of Pi and granting FREE admission to eager partygoers who arrive before or at 9:26 AM.
9:27–10 AM—Enjoy half-priced admission.
5–6 PM—Free admission to the Raspberry Pi showcase and after-party.

And for those of you who want to see how many digits you still remember, I’m sure you already found “The Joy of Pi” online :)

We are also up to 10 trillion digits calculated by Shigeru Kondo, to which Kaiden’s response was “whoa!” And that was on a “home-made” computer.

IBM’s “BlueGene/P” supercomputer, which runs continuously at one quadrillion calculations per second, was used to find the sixty-trillionth binary digit of Pi-squared. The article here explains why we still bother to calculate these numbers, when a value of Pi to 40 digits would be more than enough to compute the circumference of the Milky Way galaxy to an error less than the size of a proton.

O.k. all this talk about Pi is making me hungry!

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