By Donna Westfall

Today is the day that all those math nerds (genuises) get to shout out *Pi* to 10 digits or more. * Pi* =

Let’s start: *Pi* = 3.14 or March 14th only chosen because it resembles 3.14. The two really have no connection except someone decided to make March 14th *Pi* Day. Being that it’s 2015 and the next 2 digits are 15; someone someplace decided that we can borrow those two digits from the year 2015 to give us 3.1415.

*Pi* was first rigorously calculated by one of the greatest mathematicians of the ancient world, Archimedes of Syracuse (287-212 B.C.). Archimedes was so engrossed in his work that he did not notice that Roman soldiers had taken the Greek city of Syracuse. When a Roman soldier approached him, he yelled in Greek “Do not touch my circles!” The Roman soldier simply cut off his head and went on his business.

The father of calculus (meaning “pebble used in counting” from *calx* or “limestone”), Isaac Newton calculated *Pi* to at least 16 decimal places.

In 2002, a Japanese scientist found 1.24 trillion digits of P*i* using a powerful computer called the Hitachi SR 8000, breaking all previous records

In 1995, another Japanese man, Hiroyoki Gotu, (born in Tokyo in 1973) memorized 42,195 places of *Pi* and is considered the current *Pi* champion.

Is it possible to totally calculate *Pi* or is it a number that reaches into infinity? Ummm…sounds like the answer to that is infinity.

Talking about math genuises, did you know who’s birthday it is today?

Stand-up comedian, John Evans once quipped: “What do you get if you divide the circumference of a jack-o’-lantern by its diameter? Pumpkin π

And that about sums it up. Pie I understand. *Pi*….. well, I’ll leave that to the math nerds.

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