In celebration of Pi Day and Stephen Curry’s March 14th birthday, the Exploratorium will have a presence at the Warriors / Lakers game on Pi Day
SAN FRANCISCO (March 5, 2018)—The Exploratorium, a museum of science, art, and human perception, and the birthplace of the famous "Pi Day" holiday, announces a partnership this year with the Golden State Warriors to celebrate the holiday. Stephen Curry’s date of birth coincides with the first celebration of Pi Day at the Exploratorium on March 14, 1988; this year marks the 30th anniversary of the holiday, and will fall on the same day as the Golden State Warriors face off against the L.A. Lakers.
"As spherical objects, basketballs provide a phenomenal opportunity to contemplate the concept of pi, and engaging with basketball stats can be a delightful entrance into the world of math and probability," says Chris Flink, the Exploratorium’s 6'5" Sakurako and William Fisher Executive Director. "It's cool to think that Stephen Curry was born on the very same day as the Exploratorium's first march around our Pi Shrine in 1988. This partnership is also about celebrating play as one of the crucial ways we all learn about and explore how things work. At the Exploratorium, interacting with STEM topics and making sense of the world around us has always been good fun. So, on 3.14, while watching the Warriors game, savor a slice of fruit pie and ponder the tasty relationship between its circumference and diameter."
Stephen Curry is not the only famous person to be born on 3.14. He shares that honor with Albert Einstein, who was born on March 14, 1879, and whose relationship to the holiday has been written about and celebrated. This year also marks the first Pi Day to be celebrated at the Exploratorium since the death of its founder, Larry Shaw, who was a physicist and exhibit designer at the Exploratorium when the holiday was invented.
"Larry was the traditional leader of our Pi Parade," says longtime friend of Larry Shaw and fellow physicist at the Exploratorium, Ron Hipschman. "Now the Pi Day hat (a real thing) has been passed on. Last year we marched without Larry at the helm for the first time since Pi Day started. This year we march in his honor. Not many people can say they invented an international holiday and have it be true."
This year's pi parade at the Exploratorium will be led by Chris Flink and Ron Hipschman, and the celebration will include pi-themed activities, live music from the Pi Day Band (a.k.a. Mission Delirium) presentations about the importance of pi, and pi exhibits. After the Pi Parade, the Exploratorium will serve an estimated 1,100 pieces of pie to visitors. And when the Pi Day festivities are finished at Pier 15 on the Embarcadero, the Exploratorium will have a presence at the Warriors game at Oracle Stadium, demonstrating the importance of the irrational and transcendental number to fans.
Pi Day is one of five "Community Days" at the Exploratorium, during which visitors are invited to pay what they can. This Pi Day, visitors are encouraged to pay in increments of pi.
* Images and Video assets of historic Pi Day celebrations (credit: © Exploratorium, exploratorium.edu.)
* Visit our new "A Slice of Pi Day History" webpage to understand more about the day.
Still from a Pi Day Video at the Exploratorium.
CALENDAR EDITORS TAKE NOTE:
Community Pi Day
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 • 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Note: Pay-what-you-wish on Community Days, when museum entry is on a first-come, first-served basis. Entry is subject to capacity; admission is not guaranteed. We don't accept group or field trip reservations; group entry is discouraged due to large crowds.
Welcome to the 31st annual π Day, the mathematical holiday founded at the Exploratorium and celebrated by number lovers around the world. To honor the never-ending number 3.14159... (and Einstein’s birthday), we’ll serve up π-themed activities, rituals, antics, and plenty of pie. Find out what's so special about this famous mathematical constant, and take your (decimal) place in our annual march to the π Shrine!