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Celebrate Once-in-a-Lifetime Pi Day

By: Kathleen Tuck   Published 9:06 am / March 12, 2015

Graphic of the Pi symbolGet a jump on celebrating Pi Day on Friday, March 13. Enjoy a slice of pie and hear short presentations by mathematicians Mary Smith and Zach Teitler. Events kick off at 3 p.m. in ILC Room 302, sponsored by the Boise State Math Club.

Pi Day will officially be celebrated at 9:26:53 on Saturday, March 14 (also written as 3/14/15). Pi — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — is calculated as 3.1415. Thus 2015 is a once-in-a-century occurrence.

“In general on any other given year we celebrate because pi is a well-known and widely used number in math, represented by the Greek symbol π [pronounced pi],” said Josh Gepford, acting president of the Math Club.

“This year in particular we are excited because it is effectively a once-in-a-lifetime Pi Day. This can be taken even further by saying 9:26:53 is the ultimate time on Pi Day because the next 5 digits are 92653. So you then have pi to 10 digits. Overall it is just a neat occurrence, so we celebrate it.”