University of Rochester

EVENT: University of Rochester Celebrates 3.141592653589793...

March 11, 2011

Numerous Activities Scheduled for Pi Day on March 14

Pi is more than a number; it's a phenomenon. Students of math know it as the circumference of a circle divided by the diameter, but the number that never ends is important in a variety of fields, including engineering, architecture, and aerospace. Pi has also inspired books, poetry, music, and movie plots. So it should be no surprise that the University of Rochester will be celebrating Pi Day on March 14.

The University's celebration, organized by the Society of Mathematics Students (SUMS), will feature lectures, a math problem-solving contest, and a mini-research conference. One highlight will be the unveiling of the first 60 digits of pi at 3:14 (naturally) in the afternoon, complete with mellophones (French horns). And no Pi Day would be complete without the traditional pie-related eventsóconsisting of eating, judging, and throwing. (See the schedule on page 2.)

Pi Day was started by physicist Larry Shaw in San Francisco in 1989. March 14 was chosen because the numerical equivalent of the date (3/14) corresponds to the first three digits of pi.

(Note: The pi ceremony at 3:10 pm will provide an excellent opportunity for photos, videos, and interviews. Math department chairman Steve Gonek will emcee the event on the courtyard outside Hutchison and Hylan Halls, which will feature a quartet of brass horn players and sixty people in a circle displaying the famous digits.)

Pi Day at the University of Rochester
March 14, 2011
Schedule of Events

Lecture Series
Wilmot 116
11:30 am Shannon Starr (Math)
12:00 pm Paul Fili (Math)
12:30 pm Krystal Taylor (Math)
1:00 pm Sarada Rajeev (Physics)
1:30 pm Todd Krauss (Chemistry)
2:00 pm Eric Mamajek (Physics)

Activities Fair
Munnerlyn Atrium; Goergen Hall/Hylan Courtyard
2:30 pm Pie Eating Contest; Pie a Pi
3:10 pm Pi Ceremony: Math Chair Steve Gonek, MC
3:14 pm Unveiling of Pi
3:20 pm Pie Reception (at least for the first 100)
3:30 pm Musical Selections
4:30 pm Concludes

Events for High School Students
Hylan 102
4:00 pm Problem Solving with Dan Geba
5:00 pm Lecture with Thomas Tucker

Mini-Math Research Conference
Goergen 108
7:00 pm Undergraduate Research Conference
8:30 pm Concludes