A Slice of Math Life: Gannon University Students Celebrate Pi Day
Posted: March 11, 2016
Once every century, the month, day and year align to be exactly
pi, the mathematical constant defined as the ratio of a circle's
circumference to its diameter, commonly approximated as 3.14159.
Round that number up to 3.1416 and you can celebrate Pi Day twice
in the same century, and the Gannon University's Math Club is doing
just that with a Pi Day party on March 14, 2016.
Gannon's Pi Day party will take place at 7 p.m. on Monday in
room 101 of the University's Zurn Science Center, 143 W. 7th St.,
and will feature savory (pizza), and sweet pies, the latter baked
by Math Club students and Gannon mathematics faculty, and a
screening of "Flatland," the 2007 animated short film based on the
1884 science fiction novella "Flatland: A Romance of Many
Dimensions" by Edwin A. Abbott.
Attendees can enter a contest to remember pi expressed to the
most decimal places (for which the end has not been reached), and
there will be math games.
David Prier, Ph.D., assistant professor of mathematics,
described the event as "a fun opportunity for students and their
guests to get together and have a good time."
Pi may be an irrational number (that is, it cannot be expressed
exactly as a fraction), but Pi Day is a rationally good