“Pi a la Mode” Day


This mosaic is outside the mathematics building
at the Technische Universität Berlin.

No – that’s not a misspelling of your favorite dessert! It so happens that many of us had barely overcome ‘friggatriskaidekaphobia’ yesterday (that’s the geek’s Greek for ‘fear of Friday the Thirteenth’) when we were confronted by the math squad’s squeal of delight to announce that today – in the American version of March 14 (that is, 3/14/15) – would not come around until the elapse of 100 years.

My son-on-law, who lives in Boston, is a numbers nut, so I emailed him this morning in the hopes of reaching him before the magic time of 9:26:53, forgetting of course that Saturday morns usually find him out with his son on the soccer field – and he (the dad) doesn’t believe in cellphones!

Anyhow, all’s well that ends well – and without further ado I can now divulge to you that the value (to ten digits) of the Greek letter pi [π ] equals 3.141592653. As you can see, the first five digits are today’s date, while the remaining five digits are (were!) the ‘witching’ time, which flew by in a matter of a mere second earlier this morning.

So relax until the Ides of March 2115, assuming they come around at their appointed hour. ‘Til then, ye all, stay well and be well – au revoir!

Copyright © Azim Lewis Mayadas 2015

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