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Pi Day

For Immediate Release:
March 01, 2004

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Pi Day

Sunday, March 14
1:59pm
(It’s also Einstein’s birthday!)

The number is Pi, 3.1415926535…ad infinitum. It’s the number you get when you divide the circumference of a circle by its diameter, and it can’t be expressed as a
fraction. It goes on forever. In this an era when math and mathematicians have become sexy again, come to the Exploratorium and gather around the Pi Shrine to perform pi-related rites and eat ritual food — pie — in honor of this special number. Pies are generously provided by Marie Callender’s. And come to the Exploratorium and attend the US premier of Porridge, Pulleys and Pi: Two Mathematical Journeys, directed by George Paul Csicsery, at 1pm, presented in conjunction with the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI), Berkeley. Meet real, live mathematicians Vaughn Jones and Bob Osserman. It’s all part of Pi Day celebrations, which culminate, appropriately enough, on March 14 at 1:59pm. That’s the third month, the fourteenth day, at 1:59pm, corresponding exactly to the value of Pi. Pi Day is included in the price of admission to the Exploratorium.

In addition to the film, at 1:59pm, celebrants are invited to circumambulate the Pi shrine approximately 3.14 times, since Pi is an approximate number. The Pi Shrine is a small brass plate engraved with pi to a hundred digits located on the floor on the mezzanine level of San Francisco’s Exploratorium, the prototype for hands-on science museums around the world. Add beads to a ritual Pi string, where each bead color designates a value for Pi to over 1600 digits, and growing. Music based on the number Pi provides the ambience.

Most important of all, people eat pie. Lemon meringue, apple, peach, whatever. The public is invited to attend Pi Day. It would be nice also to bring along a pie to share.

And as icing on the pie, March 14 is Albert Einstein’s birthday.

The film Porridge, Pulleys and Pi: Two Mathematical Journeys, features Vaughan Jones, one of the world's foremost knot theorists, and Hendrik Lenstra, a number theorist, as well as everything from genomics, music, and elliptic curves to Homer and the history of Pi. Meet Vaughn Jones, Bob Osserman, and other real live mathematicians from MSRI following the screening.

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The Exploratorium is the global leader in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. The world-renowned science museum creates original, interactive exhibits, on display at more than 1,000 science centers, museums and public spaces around the world. Dedicated to education reform in and out of the classroom, the Exploratorium is a premier professional development center for educators and a creator of award-winning educational resources. Since 1969, the Exploratorium has influenced generations of entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, teachers, students, children, museum professionals and everyday doers, reaching nearly 180 million people annually from around the globe. On April 17, 2013, the Exploratorium opened at Pier 15 in the heart of San Francisco's Embarcadero, where it will celebrate a new era of experiences that encourage critical thinking and awaken wonder for generations to come. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit.

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