Paul L. Caron

Sunday, March 14, 2010

MIT Announced Its Admissions Decisions Today (3.14) at 1:59 -- 3.14159

Pie MIT released its undergraduate admission decisions today at 1:59 p.m. -- 3.14159!  From Pi Day:

Pi, Greek letter (π), is the symbol for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Pi Day is celebrated by math enthusiasts around the world on March 14th. Pi = 3.1415926535…

With the use of computers, Pi has been calculated to over 1 trillion digits past the decimal. Pi is an irrational and transcendental number meaning it will continue infinitely without repeating. The symbol for pi was first used in 1706 by William Jones, but was popular after it was adopted by the Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler in 1737.

UpdateEugene Volokh (UCLA) has more on Pi Day here.

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Of course Engineers celebrate Approximate Pi day on July 22, aka 22/7...

In most cases, an engineering approximation is completely appropriate, and the difference between that approximation and the mathematical exact Pi is meaningless.

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Posted by: Don Meaker | Mar 16, 2010 12:43:48 PM

shouldn't it be 1:59 a.m.?

Posted by: B | Mar 15, 2010 10:34:09 AM