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Webm, m4v, ogg, flv. PI DAY (March 14), 2013, Math Lounge (4th Floor SC):
  • 2:30 - 3:30 PM - Pi Recitation Contest [How many digits do you know?]
  • 3:00 - 3:30 PM - Pie Eating Contest [How much pie can you eat in 3'14"?]
  • 3:30 - 4:15 PM - "A Celebration of Pi" (SC 507), by William Dunham:
Abstract On Pi Day, 2013, we'll celebrate this famous constant with a lecture that is part expository, part mathematical. First, we sketch the story of the digit-hunters who sought ever more accurate values of Pi. Theirs has been a quest stretching from Archimedes in classical times down to the present day. Then, we consider the so-called 'Basel Problem' in which the number pi plays a critical role. The problem, posed by Jakob Bernoulli in 1689, was to find the exact value of the infinite series 1 + 1/4 + 1/9 + 1/16 + ... Euler solved this in multiple ways over his career, but here we examine the little-known 1755 argument in which he evaluated the series by invoking l'Hospital's rule not once, not twice, but thrice! So, this will be an afternoon starring both Euler and pi, an unbeatable combination.

Pi in the news

Pi in books

  • David Blatner: The joy of Pi, Walker and Company, 1997
  • Petr Beckmann, A History of Pi, StMartins Press, 1971
  • Alfred Posamentier, Pi, A Biography, 2004
  • Jean-Paul Delahaye, Le fascinant nombre Pi, 1997

Pi in the movies

Pi on Youtube

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11.

Pi on the Web

Pi in Politics

Source: www.gpo.gov

A page from the book of Posamentier

A page from the book of Delahaye

A page from the book of Blatner

A page from the book of Beckmann