Active Hackathon

On Pi Day 2017, math lovers celebrate the irrational number and NASA puts out a Pi in the sky

Today is Pi Day, see what math lovers around the world are celebrating the never ending number

Today is the iconic Pi Day 2017, the cornerstone of mathematics or simply put the “ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159.” Relegated to circles in schools, the infinite nature of Pi makes it challenging to remember. According to mathematician Steven Strogatz who wrote in previous The New Yorker edition why pi deserves a massive celebration is because it “puts infinity within reach”. According to Strogatz pi digits are never ending and do not reveal a pattern either. Strogatz elevated the status of pi to a cosmic wormhole, joining two separate mathematical universes via the number theory linking circles and geometry. The Pi Day 2017 celebration isn’t just confined to glitzy eulogies — the storied Princeton has an annual Pi Day 2017 party that also coincides with Albert Einstein’s birthday, also March 14.

NASA’s Pi Day contest spurs young minds to apply the mathematical constant in everyday problems the space agency faces

In one of the most interesting line up of events – NASA has set an engaging classroom activity to jog young minds titled Pi In the Sky. The educational activity entails using the “famed mathematical constant pi to solve real-world science and engineering problems – such as calculating the angle of crater impacts on the red planet Mars; measuring the size of the shadow that will fall on North America during the 2017 total solar eclipse; determining the orbital period of the Cassini spacecraft during its final weeks around Saturn; and finally finding a habitable zone around TRAPPIST-1, a star housing seven Earth-sized planets.


Sign up for your weekly dose of what's up in emerging technology.

Here’s a bit of fun fact — Pi Day has been celebrated by mathematicians and maths lovers around the world since it was first marked at the San Francisco Exploratium in 1988.

Princeton’s Pi Day party is more fun and also celebrates Albert Einstein’s birthday

What’s more, the San Francisco Exploratorium is celebrating the 30th annual Pi Day 2017 and father of relativity, Einstein’s birthday with day long events that are open to all. Events range from processions  to Pi shrine, Pi-themed antics and of course plenty of pie. Another notable events is ongoing Festival of Numbers at Singapore’s Science Centre with Singapore Prime Minister joining in the celebrations by enlisting some brain teasers. One of the most common puzzles is trying to memorize as many as digits as you can.

More Great AIM Stories

Richa Bhatia
Richa Bhatia is a seasoned journalist with six-years experience in reportage and news coverage and has had stints at Times of India and The Indian Express. She is an avid reader, mum to a feisty two-year-old and loves writing about the next-gen technology that is shaping our world.

Our Upcoming Events

Conference, Virtual
Genpact Analytics Career Day
3rd Sep

Conference, in-person (Bangalore)
Cypher 2022
21-23rd Sep

Conference, in-person (Bangalore)
Machine Learning Developers Summit (MLDS) 2023
19-20th Jan

Conference, in-person (Bangalore)
Data Engineering Summit (DES) 2023
21st Apr, 2023

3 Ways to Join our Community

Discord Server

Stay Connected with a larger ecosystem of data science and ML Professionals

Telegram Channel

Discover special offers, top stories, upcoming events, and more.

Subscribe to our newsletter

Get the latest updates from AIM

The curious case of Google Cloud revenue

Porat had earlier said that Google Cloud was putting in money to make more money, but even with the bucket-loads of money that it was making, profitability was still elusive.

Global Parliaments can do much more with Artificial Intelligence

The world is using AI to enhance the performance of its policymakers. India, too, has launched its own machine learning system NeVA, which at the moment is not fully implemented across the nation. How can we learn and adopt from the advancement in the Parliaments around the world? 

Why IISc wins?

IISc was selected as the world’s top research university, trumping some of the top Ivy League colleges in the QS World University Rankings 2022