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Today, my friends, is a double header….yep you heard me right.
First, look at the date; it’s 3.14 which is the written form of the mathematical symbol known as Pi. How cool is that ? Pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. The ratio is ALWAYS 3.14! 3.14 is the day people all over the world irrationally and irreverently celebrate this important mathematical constant. It’s the only number with its own holiday.
Most scholars consider Pi to be the most important and fascinating number in all of mathematics. Technically, the mathematical constant pi is an irrational, or never ending number, created by dividing the circumference of a circle by its diameter. It is a number that begins with 3.14 but then goes on and on never repeating itself for infinity.
Here’s a fine little guy who can recite pi up to 100 place points past the decimal. WOW.
Today is also Albert Einstein’s Birthday! Happy Birthday Albert!
I’m a huge Albert Einstein fan and never cease to be amazed. Recently a wonderful book came out that I reviewed on Jump into a Book called On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein. There’s lots of fun science and physics play and it’s the perfect way to celebrate Albert Einstein.
Something To Do: Pi Celebration
Let’s be corny, I think we need to make a pie. Sorry I had to go there. I just can’t stop myself. It’s round and we can measure the circumference before we eat it and then after as it gets smaller in size. 🙂 It doesn’t matter if it’s an apple pie, a cherry pie, or a chocolate pie. It’s just time to eat in the round. But remember that I’m quite a giver so with that I’m going to share the Best Ever Chocolate Chip Pie recipe.
The Best Chocolate Chip Pie Ever
Around these parts it’s known as Courtney Orr’s Chocolate Chip Pie and now you’re fortunate enough to know about it too. It’s the perfect start to Pi Fest.
1 unbaked 9-inch (4-cup volume) deep-dish pie shell *
2 large eggs
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup (6 oz.) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
1 cup chopped nuts
Sweetened whipped cream or ice cream (optional)
PREHEAT oven to 325° F.
BEAT eggs in large mixer bowl on high speed until foamy. Beat in flour, granulated sugar and brown sugar. Beat in butter. Stir in morsels and nuts. Spoon into pie shell.
BAKE for 55 to 60 minutes or until knife inserted halfway between edge and center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack. Serve warm with whipped cream, if desired.
* If using frozen pie shell, use deep-dish style, thawed completely. Bake on baking sheet; increase baking time slightly.
Some of us make pie and other people, like math and science game wizard Cy Tymony focus on teaching people fun ways to enjoy and learn more about science and mathematics. Cy is the author of the young adult educational book series “Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things”. These books are packed with cool math and science games and projects for kids and teens to play.
This year Cy created www.PiDayFun.com – an educational website dedicated to making Pi Day math memorable with free tips on how kids can have lots of fun using discarded items and without special tools. The site contains 5 Free ‘Pi’ and Math Projects.
A huge thank you to Cy Tymony for making my Pi Card and for sending a Sneaky Pi Detector along with it. We’re having so much fun with Pi. Cy will be back on Jump into a Book a bit later with his new Sneaky Math book.
Want to learn how to recite Pi to 100 digits in 4 minutes or less? Common, who’s Brave?
It’s time to be on a memory mission. Did you know that the more digits of pi you memorize the easier it will be for you to learn math ? It’s true. Research from Harvard shows that the more you memorize pi, the better your brain works mathematically.
Pi Day Carols
In honor of Pi Day I think we need to gather around the piano, or pull out the guitar or something and sing these favorite Pi Day tunes such as:
Oh, Number Pi (to the tune of ‘O, Christmas Tree’)
Ludolph the Mathematician (to the tune of ‘Rudolph’)
Pi Day Time (to the tune of ‘Silver Bells’)
Ring the Bells (to the tune of ‘Jingle Bells’)
The Pi Day Booklist
The History of Pi by Petr Beckman
The Joy of Pi by David Blatner
A Biography of Pi by Alfred S. Posamentier
Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi by Cinday Neuschwander
Sir Cumference and the First Round Table by Cindy Neuschwander
Why Pi? by DK Books
Pieces of Pi by Naila Bokhari
What will you do to celebrate Pi day?
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