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Celebrating the Flavors of Math: Why March 14th Is Pie Day

March 14, 2024
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In the world of quirky holidays and celebrations, March 14th stands out as a day dedicated to something everyone loves – pie! But why March 14th? The date corresponds with the first three digits of the mathematical constant π (pi), approximately 3.14. Hence, it’s affectionately known as Pi Day, when math enthusiasts and foodies come together to celebrate the perfect union of circles and slices.

Pi Day isn’t just about indulging in delicious pastry (although that’s a significant part!). It’s also an opportunity to appreciate the beauty and ubiquity of mathematics in our daily lives. π, a symbol representing the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, appears in countless mathematical equations, scientific principles, and real-world applications. From engineering and physics to architecture and technology, pi plays a fundamental role in shaping our understanding of the world around us.

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Schools often use Pi Day as an educational opportunity, incorporating pi-related activities and lessons into their curriculum. Students might measure the circumference and diameter of various circular objects, calculate pi, or even participate in pie-eating contests. It’s a chance to make math engaging and accessible, showing students that math isn’t just about numbers on a page – it’s a fundamental part of our world.

Even if you’re not a math whiz, Pi Day is an easy holiday to get behind. Who can resist the allure of a warm, flaky crust filled with sweet or savory filling? So, on March 14th, why not join in the festivities? Bake a pie, share it with friends and family, and take a moment to appreciate the wonders of both math and pastry. I will bake my favorite – peanut butter pie. What is your favorite pie?

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17 thoughts on “Celebrating the Flavors of Math: Why March 14th Is Pie Day

  1. I like peach pie and pumpkin pie. I figure I’m getting my fruit quota in either one. As for the Pi equation, I’ll leave that to the more mathematical among you.

  2. I’m more a cake person than a pie person, but that doesn’t mean I’ll turn down a warm slice of any fruit pie, especially if it’s got a scoop of ice cream on top!

    1. Our favorite fruit pie is Dutch apple with plenty of cinnamon in the filling and vanilla ice cream, of course!

  3. My favorite pie is cherry. When I was in high school, many years ago, my math teacher drew a circle on the board and asked us what pie was. I raised my hand and told him all about fruit pies. He promptly sent me to the principle. I honestly wasnt trying to be “smart”. It was the first day of school and I thought he was serious. Oh well.

  4. Good morning, my favorite pie is Peach pie with Apple pie coming in second. Happy PI day ! Have a great day and a great rest of the week.

    1. What a great reminder that I haven’t had a bite of peach pie in a long time. I must fix that!

  5. All of the above, although fruit and berry pies are my favorite. I’ve been known to have pie for breakfast if there’s any in the house.

    1. I’m definitely in the pie for breakfast camp. It compares well to strawberry waffles, right?

  6. I love this! Pi (and pie) Day! My pie days became complicated when I was diagnosed with celiac disease. It’s so hard to find a good gluten-free pie. However, that doesn’t mean I’m deprived. We make individual berry pies and pumpkin pies for the holidays (only 7 months to go!). However, when we visited the tiny town of Julian in the mountains behind San Diego, we discovered a little bakery that makes gluten-free apple pies and apple berry pies. Hmmm…that’s making me realize I haven’t been there in a long time. Road trip!

    1. What a pain, Terry! We have a wonderful little bakery in downtown St. Petersburg that is completely gluten-free! They make the best leek and onion pasty hand pies ever.

  7. I’ve never met a pie I didn’t like. My favorite for many years was pecan pie, but in the last umpteen years I have tried and liked peach pie, strawberry pie, apple pie, lemon pie, chocolate pudding pie, blueberry pie, and even rhubarb pie! I also like a big cookie in the shape of a pie. I’ve never tried peanut butter pie, but I’m sure I will like it.

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