Join the Exploratorium on 3.14.15
Gayle Laird © Exploratorium, www.exploratorium.edu
There’s never been a Pi Day quite like this one.
This year, the international mathematical holiday that was founded in 1988 at the Exploratorium will happen on the fourteenth day of the third month of 2015.
Yes, that’s right: Pi Day is on 3.14.15. Which is to say: Pi Day is on the first five digits of pi. Is that crazy? No, but it is irrational.
Founded by physicist and “Prince of Pi” Larry Shaw, this annual celebration of the irrational, never-ending ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter includes π-themed activities, rituals, antics, and plenty of pie. Join the Exploratorium to find out what's so special about this famous mathematical constant, and take your (decimal) place in our annual march to the Pi Shrine. Did we mention it’s also Albert Einstein’s birthday?
Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free. However, at 9:26:53 a.m., the Exploratorium will push the pi-envelope, giving the first 58 people in line the distinction of Viπ (Very Important Pi). For those following along: that’s 3.14159265358, or, the first 12 digits of pi.
The Viπ will march to the Pi Shrine and receive early access to the museum, as well as a morning slice of pie. At 1:59 p.m., the museum will have a second Pi Procession and more pie to follow.
Images from Pi Day 2014 available here.
Schedule of Events
1:00–3:30 p.m. - NanoJems: Million Digits of Pi
Use the Exploratorium’s microscope imaging station to look at a million digits of pi.
1:00–3:30 p.m. - Pi Activities with Explorables and the Explainers
Circles surround us in nature. To describe them we use the number pi, or the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter: 3.141592653.... Join the Explorables team to approximate this elusive number by tossing toothpicks onto a lined surface—and counting how many fall across the lines.
1:00 p.m. - Why Pi? With Ron Hipschman and Lori Lambertson
Find out what’s so special about the famous mathematical constant and meet Pi Day’s founder, Larry Shaw. Exploratorium educators and pi enthusiasts Lori Lambertson and Ron Hipschman will also demonstrate the unique properties of this irrational number.
1:30 p.m. - Pi Procession Gathers
1:59 p.m. - Pi Procession Begins
Circumambulate the Pi Shrine approximately 3.14 times. The Pi Shrine is a brass plate engraved with pi to a hundred digits located in the Exploratorium’s Public Plaza. About 500 people will be able to participate.
2:15 p.m. - Pie Serving
Have a slice of pie on us—while quantities last. First come, first served. One slice per person, please. With special thanks to Curiosity Catering.
2:30–3:30 p.m. - Pizza Pie Dough Tossing with Pasquale's Pizzeria
Learn how to spin pizza π with an expert! (While supplies last.) With special thanks to Joe Forte of Pasquale’s Pizzeria in San Francisco.
2:30 p.m. - Cinema Arts: Seeing Circles
Artists and animators share visions of circles and spheres in this short film program. Featuring: Kreise (1933, 2 min., 16mm), by early animation artist Oskar Fischinger, brings a vivid dynamism to these simple shapes.
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