Hot on the heels of Square Root Day comes Pi Day, a day held in honor of arguably the most famous mathematical constant, π. And like Square Root Day, I am forced to approach this holiday with a certain degree of hesitation.
There is no doubt that Pi Day is the most prestigious mathematical holiday, but this recognition usually only serves to illustrate the sad state of mathematical literacy in this country. For example, one year I remember reading a news article about Pi Day where the author described π as a number whose decimal expansion “was believed to go on forever.” Of course, belief has nothing to do with it – this is a simple consequence of the irrationality of π, a fact which is apparently lost amidst the pie eating hubbub of this holiday. Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident – for as much as Pi . . . → Read More: Pi Day