Happy π day everyone! I hope you’re having a great day, and having lots of fun mathematical parties.
You may have noticed that here at The Aperiodical, we’ve been posting exciting π-related items all week – and here’s a list of them all, collected into one handy place. Enjoy!
How I Wish I Could Celebrate π
We began by listing approximately τ ways you can celebrate π day, from eating tasty pie to getting an ill-advised tattoo.
The Aperiodical’s π approximation Challenge
Seven mathematicians; π hours; one transcendental number. How close will they get? Watch this video and find out.
Matt Parker Approximates π by Weighing a Circle
Jumping on the bandwagon, stand-up mathematician Matt Parker has also attempted to find π by measuring the real world.
π and the Simpsons
Author Simon Singh has picked out his top three π references in the world’s favourite cartoon comedy series.
Mandelbrot’s bum is full of π
Occasional guest author Andrew Taylor has been looking for π in slightly awkward places, and has found it somewhere you’d never expect…
Alex Bellos’ Pi Day Blog Post
Short but sweet, Alex sent us a little something towards our celebratory π day post-fest.
π and the mysterious Excel function
Regular guest author and pendulum-wielder Paul Taylor spends a lot of time at work using MS Excel, and has dug into its deepest darkest corners to find a function he can’t immediately explain.
How Ultimate is Ultimate π day?
Aperiodical editor Katie Steckles doesn’t believe the hype, and reckons that while today’s date is exciting, we can do better.
π, Phase Space and Bouncing Billiard Balls
Friend of the site Colin Wright has found π in yet another place – when balls collide.
π and Constrained Writing
Katie explores the world of making your English homework arbitrarily more difficult for no reason.
Interesting π Esoterica
Christian’s Interesting Esoterica column, always a trove of intriguing finds, has gone π-themed, with typically fascinating results.
I Bought three.onefouronefivenine.com
Christian’s obsession with purchasing novelty domains turns π-shaped.
π approximation: Machin’s Formula
Peter joins in the π approximating fun, using a Maclaurin series.