The annual holiday celebrating the mathematical constant Pi arrived on Thursday, 14th March our annual excuse to chow down on pie!
Pi, the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, is what is known as an irrational number. As an irrational number, its decimal representation never ends, and it never repeats. The first three digits, 3.14 is a good approximation, which is why March 14 came to be the date that we celebrate this mathematical marvel.
People celebrate Pi Day in a variety of ways; most of them include eating pie (as pi and pie are homophones) and discussing the relevance of Pi. At DESC we celebrated “all things pi-related” from a tutor time Pi-day dingbat quiz, Pi-day mathematical treasure hunt and Pi-day pie bakers. The main event is the Inter-House Pi Recital competition, which is hotly contested each year. We are pleased to announce that the winner of the competition this year was Sarah Al-Hajj, reciting an amazing 474 digits of Pi. Well done Sarah!