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Bluffton University celebrates Pi Day

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This year's Pi Day is pretty significant, with it being the 30th anniversary of the first Pi Day, Albert Einstein's birthday, and the loss of someone important in the science and math world. This year's Pi Day is pretty significant, with it being the 30th anniversary of the first Pi Day, Albert Einstein's birthday, and the loss of someone important in the science and math world.
Math students at Bluffton say that they use the symbol pi a lot, so seeing the symbol outside of an equation and just having fun learning about it makes a great change of pace. Math students at Bluffton say that they use the symbol pi a lot, so seeing the symbol outside of an equation and just having fun learning about it makes a great change of pace.
Students and staff at Bluffton University celebrated the holiday with interesting facts about the symbol pi, some of the history behind the holiday, and enjoying some slices of pie... that's p-i-e. Students and staff at Bluffton University celebrated the holiday with interesting facts about the symbol pi, some of the history behind the holiday, and enjoying some slices of pie... that's p-i-e.

You may remember it from a math class: the symbol known as "pi", the first three numbers of which are 3.14.  That little symbol is celebrated on March 14th - also a 3-1-4.  But what exactly is pi anyway?

"Pi is defined to be the ratio of the circumference over the diameter - we know that it’s an endless, non-repeating sequence of digits in the decimal expansion, and that’s what makes it somewhat interesting for people to memorize pi, which we've calculated to over 1 trillion digits," said Stephen Harnish, Professor of Mathematics for Bluffton University.

Students and staff at Bluffton University celebrated the holiday with interesting facts about the symbol pi, some of the history behind the holiday, and enjoying some slices of pie... that's p-i-e.

This year's Pi Day is pretty significant, with it being the 30th anniversary of the first Pi Day, Albert Einstein's birthday, and the loss of someone important in the science and math world.

"A person who very much used Einstein’s work and his development of the theory of black holes - that's Stephen Hawking, who also died today, and so it’s an interesting, sort of bittersweet recognition of some kind of a connection between those two people," said Harnish.

Math students at Bluffton say that they use the symbol pi a lot, so seeing the symbol outside of an equation and just having fun learning about it makes a great change of pace.

"I think it’s really cool to have a day that's equated to something that we use so often, in most of my classes, and in everyday life," said Benjamin Black, a Math, Chemistry, Physics Major at Bluffton University.

"I’ve been celebrating Pi Day since high school, all of my math teachers celebrated it, and I just really enjoy it and I can’t wait until I get to with my own students," said Riley Wilcox, a Math Major with Ed. License at Bluffton University.

Pi Day was officially designated as a holiday by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2009.

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