It’s March 14th and you know what that means, Happy Pi Day!
Pi is an important and curious number. It has fascinated mathematicians and engineers for centuries as they explore its applications and limits. In some ways, Pi Day has become a time to celebrate science and mathematics, in others it’s a great excuse to eat pizza.
Pi is an irrational number, which means it’s never ending but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to explore how far we can calculate it. Just today, as everyone is celebrating Pi, Google announced that one of their engineers has set the new world record for calculating the most digits of pi, 31,415,926,535,897. 1 million digits was first achieved in 1973 and now we’re in the trillions. This feat is incredible for a variety of reasons, first, it demonstrates the passion and obsession that engineers can have with this number and second it shows just how far technology has come in calculating complex numbers. The team at Google used their cloud compute engine to make the calculations and it’s impressive to see just how much can be done with distributed computing power.
One of our favorite applications for these gigantic pi calculations has to be the Pi-Search engine. With this tool, you’re able to input any string of numbers and it will tell you where and how many times it appears in the first 100 million digits of pi. Check it out, you can try putting in your birthday or another important number and see how often it shows up!
Now, while thinking about all these numbers has been great I think it’s time for some pie to round out the day. Enjoy Pi Day Everyone!