Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Happy Birthday Albert Einstein (And Happy Pi Day to You)

Albert EinsteinAlbert Einstein was born on March 14, 1879. He's most famous for his equation e=mc2. Even when most people don't understand what that means.
Near the beginning of his career, Einstein thought that Newtonian mechanics was no longer enough to reconcile the laws of classical mechanics with the laws of the electromagnetic field. This led to the development of his special theory of relativity. He realized, however, that the principle of relativity could also be extended to gravitational fields, and with his subsequent theory of gravitation in 1916, he published a paper on the general theory of relativity.
PiAnd on what other day would you celebrate pi (3.14) than on 3/14 ?
Pi, Greek letter (π), is the symbol for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Pi Day is celebrated by math enthusiasts around the world on March 14th. Pi = 3.1415926535…
Pi is both irrational and transcendental. That means it never ends, and it never repeats. If you read Carl Sagan's book "Contact" pi makes an appearance at the end. (It wasn't in the movie because Americans don't like mathematics.)

So celebrate by have some pie.

1 comment:

Rich E said...

And if you do it right you should celebrate at 1:59 either am or pm :)