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3/14/2013
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It’s possible that regular readers of the words in this space expect what is to follow on this, the day that is represented numerically as 3-14.

Of course, we speak of pi, the mathematical symbol — also a Greek letter — for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. To wit: 3.14 or, as some might expand it, 3.14159265359 ...

Not everyone is on board with carrying the number out to ridiculous lengths. Many engineers, doing a quick calculation using pi, often substitute a 3, just rounding down. Less obvious (and a little worrisome, for those of us who were contemplating trips to the moon based on their calculations) is the physicist’s substitution of 1. This, we are assured, is because physicists deal with orders of magnitude.

A delightful number, pi, giving rise to much word play. A pi plate, for instance, has a pi symbol in the middle of it, visible only after the Mom’s-apple portion is consumed. Surprise! Still pi in the plate!

For nerds not into baking, but into fun: Measure this editorial, not counting the headline. Ha! Yes, we come down in favor of pi.