March 14, 2013 |
Happy Pi Day! March 14 -- a.k.a. 3.14 -- has become a day to appreciate the wonders of pi. This mathematical constant describes the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. It's also handy for calculating a circle's area, along with plenty of other uses in the fields of trigonometry, physics, statistics, cosmology and fluid dynamics, to name just a few. Humans have been contemplating pi for nearly 4,000 years. The ancient Babylonians figured out that pi's value was roughly 3 as far back as 1900 BC. The ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes figured out that pi was slightly bigger than 22/7.
March 7, 2013 |
Apparently, pi is no longer just a handy way of expressing the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. It's a lifestyle, and the biggest day of the pi year - March 14, of course - is nearly upon us. Here's how to spend it. Your first option: Buy a T-shirt from these people. Then take it on a road trip to Pie Town , N.M., preferably the Pie-O-Neer Cafe . The restaurant is usually closed on Thursdays, but for 3/14 it's making an exception. (Some people imagine tha Pie Town is in the middle of nowhere.
February 25, 2013 |
I recently hired a student to help me get wired into what I'm told is the minimum needed to survive in today's digital world. So now in addition to Facebook, I am able to link in, tweet, Google Plus and other things I can't remember because I haven't used them yet. I'm hardly a technophobe; in fact, I tend toward geek. Where else but Facebook would I have found Ellen Degeneres' delicious take on Bic pens for women? NASA Gangnam Style? Talking cats playing patty cake? During the election, political humor on Facebook kept me sane, and articles shared by smart friends kept me informed.
April 20, 2012 |
Dude! Today is a day of special significance and the appointed hour is 4:20 p.m. What it all means is on the tip of the tongue. Literally. Welcome to April 20, a day that has come to mean a celebration of marijuana and a protest against the fact that its use, sale and possession are crimes. From the narrow streets of New York's Greenwich Village to the open expanse of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, users will congregate to do their thing. Perhaps the most notorious gathering will be at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where last year 10,000 people smoked at the same time.
March 30, 2012 |
April 1st is one of my favorite days of the year, a day when being a fool is more forgivable, perhaps, than the rest of the year. This day of pranks, like many other social customs, has its roots in other countries. In this quiz, we'll check how this custom might have taken hold, although you have to wonder whether the researchers might be pulling our leg. Good luck and you know what they say about fools rushing in.... 1. What's another name for April Fools' Day? a. All Souls Day b. All Fools Day c. All Fouls Day d. All Soils Day 2. In Rome, an ancient festival that resembles our modern April Fools' Day was called what?
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March 15, 2012 |
On Wednesday, it was pie by the numbers in Sherman Oaks. Teachers, parents and students at Millikan Middle School went all out to honor one of math's most famous numbers: pi, approximately 3.14. Perfect timing, it being March 14. To properly commemorate the infinite number, which represents the relationship between a circle's diameter and circumference, the school's Millikan Math Academy presented the third annual Pi Day. Of course, there was a pie-eating contest.