Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Today is Pi Day

Today is 3/14 (March 14) and at 1:59 pm, if you string the date and time together, we would get the sequence 314159 or pi, the magic number. Hence the trivially inclined mathematicians(?) celebrate it as Pi Day!

Exercise for the reader: July 22 is also celebrated as Pi Approximation Day. Work out why.

Another interesting celebration is that of Mole Day. In honour of Avogadro's constant, 6.023 x 10^23. That is celebrated on October 23, between 6.02 am and 6.02 pm. Same logic.

But I believe June 02(6/02), 10:23 would have been a more appropriate choice for Mole Day! Just a trifle better...How trivial can one get, huh?

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