Happy Pi Day!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Today, if you’re like a lot of math nerds out there, it's a very special day. It’s Pi Day: 3/14 on the calendar, or 3.14 if you want to get mathematical. Twenty five years ago, math enthusiast Larry Shaw organized the first Pi Day event in San Francisco. And today, we’re celebrating the big day with conversation and song.

Of course, it’s not easy to choose just one guest when you’re doing a creative pi segment. The world is filled with artistic tributes to pi. There’s Darren Aronofsky’s creepy 1998 thriller, "Pi," Ang Lee’s Oscar-winning movie "Life of Pi" (and the book it's based on), and songs ranging from rap to electronic.

But a certain musical talent stood out to us: Kenneth Ferrier, geologist, pi enthusiast, and post-doc at Harvard University. He co-wrote and performed the song "Mathematical Pi" with his friend Antoni Chan, and it’s since taken on a life of its own on Youtube and pi tribute sites (they exist).


Kenneth Ferrier

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Comments [2]

Richard Dunn from Randolph, MA

No Pi is complete without my Pi

This is the real Pi based on the Egyptian Rhind Papyrus value of 256/81 and the following is the real MS ME MIT 1960 PE validated Alphabetized Geometric Construct with cross-referenced Enumerated Proof by ancient rules of compass and straight edge.

Simple Proof:
Egyptian Pi = 256/81 per Egyptian Rhind Papyrus
Area of Circle = Pi x R x R = 256/81 x 144 x 144 = 65536
Area of Square = L x W =256 x 256 = 65536
Area of Circle = Area of Square

The full proof is available to the press for download, as it is a salable item under the kickstarter agreement, I ask that it be kept quiet until some time after all kickstarter materials are delivered.


Mar. 15 2013 12:31 AM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Pi r squared? My momma always made pie and it was round!

Mar. 14 2013 02:19 PM

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