Happy Pi Day

March 14, 2011 0 Comments

Happy Pi Day Recipe

Today I learned from my 13-year-old daughter that it is Pi  Day celebrated every March 14 – 3/14 – 3.14 – commemorating the mathematical constant pi = 3.14159265+. Pi represents the relationship between a circle’s diameter (its width) and its circumference (the distance around the circle).

I was not aware that there was such a special day but I hear it is very popular among mathematicians and kids in middle school. In fact it was created by Larry Shaw, a physicist, at the San Francisco Exploratorium back in 1989. Can you imagine the celebration in 2015 when the date will be 3.14.15? It’s going to be crazy fun.

I watched my daughter Nell and her friend Carly make this cake using fondant to finish it off. I asked her why a cake and not a pie and she explained one of the boys was already making a pie for the class and she was asked to make a cake.  Good to see the boys are baking in middle school.

Some interesting facts about Pi Day from Wikipedia

  • On Pi Day 2004, Daniel Tammet recited 22,514 decimal digits of Ï€.
  • On March 12, 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a non-binding resolution (HRES 224),recognizing March 14, 2009, as National Pi Day.
  • For Pi Day 2010, Google presented a Google Doodle celebrating the holiday, with the word Google laid over images of circles and pi symbols.
  • The Massachusetts Institute of Technology often mails its application decision letters to prospective students for delivery on Pi Day.
  • Pi has been calculated to over 1 trillion digits past the decimal.

Pie Recipes

If you are inclined to prepare a pie today, here are some of my favorite pie recipes on The Reluctant Gourmet:

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