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Pi Day Central

It's irrational! It's trascendental! It's a mathmatical constant! Everything you need to know to have an irrationally, transcendentally and constantly delicious Pi Day.

Pi Day: a quantifiably wonderful excuse to eat pie

Since the number Pi begins with 3.14, people celebrate Pi and mathematics in general on March 14 (3/14) every year.

Here's what you need to know:


Pi is a circle thing

Take any circle - from this pie to the rings around Saturn - and divide its circumference by its diameter. The answer will always be the same: Pi. 

Pi = 3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937510...

...and it goes on and on and on from there without ever developing a pattern!

Mathematicians and computer scientists have calculated Pi to 13.3 trillion decimal places, and it still just goes on and on and on from there!


The symbol for Pi is this Greek letter:

pi symbol

Here is the equation that always equals Pi:

pi equation

where C = the circumference of the circle,

and d = the diameter of the circle.


More Fun Pi Facts:

Pi is considered an "irrational" number because it has an infinite number of decimal places that never repeat or form a pattern.

Pi is a "transcendental" number because it is not algebraic.

Pi is a "mathematical constant" because it's always the answer you get when you divide the circumference of any circle by the diameter. No matter the circle, this mystifying number is always the same.


Pi Should Be Delicious!

Get into the Pi Day spirit with pie for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert! Check out these resources:

Pie Recipe Collection

Lots and lots of pie recipes! Have pie for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert with quiche, savory hand pies, pot pies, fruit pies, tarts and more.

How to Make Perfect Pie Crust Like a Boss

My fun new Skillshare video class, where you can learn to make pie crust that will knock your socks off every time.

Series: People Like Pie

From the Roman Empire to the Industrial Revolution, pie has been at the table, witness to it all. Travel with me to the dinner tables of nobles and peasants alike and sample some of the greatest pies of all time.