March 14th National Pi Day

It is fitting we should celebrate the number 3.14 on 3/14. Now, beyond the fact that 3.14 is a number that never ends, why is that important? well, I don;t think anyone can exactly say. It was discovered by Albert Einstein who must not have had anything terribly important to do that day since it really leads to nowhere, though a lot of science does often lead to more questions than it answers.Anyway, The U.S. House made a non-binding resolution concerning Pi… no one knows why, if it’s non-binding what does it mean? So finally Larry Shaw created Pi Day in 1989.

How to celebrate – Celebrate Albert Einstein. Try to figure out Pi. Try to figure out why Pi matters!

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March 14th National Pi Day

Today is National Pi Day! It happens to be Albert Einstein’s birthday, born on March 14th 1879. It also happens to be the 3rd month of the year and the 14th day of the month, making it 3.14.

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The day was created by Larry Shaw, a San Franciscan physicist, in 1989. Congress passed a resolution (HRE224) on March 14th, 2009 declaring it a National Day. You could say it’s a day that just keeps on giving, and giving, and giving. You might say it never ends.

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That all said, I am still not sure why it is important that we have a number that goes on forever. I am sure there is a good reason. I am glad someone knows why because I certainly do not.

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At least someone has turned the equation into a dessert… I understand dessert. Well, at least they put it on the right day, I’ll give them that! In fact, I’ll give them all of it because it just doesn’t matter to me. I don’t think I am going to solve the world’s troubles… but then again, I don’t think they are either.

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How to celebrate – Have a piece of Pi. See if you can add it all up to mean something. Just forget about it and go back to bed.

March 14th National Pi Day

Today is National Pi Day! It also happens to be Albert Einstein’s birthday, born on March 14th 1879. It also happens to be the 3rd month of the year and the 14th day of the month, making it 3.14.

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The day was created by Larry Shaw in 1989 while a physicist in San Fransisco, Ca. Congress passed a resolution (HRE224) on March 14th, 2009 declaring it a National Day. You could say it’s a day that just keeps on giving, and giving, and giving. You might say it never ends.

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That all said, I am still not sure why it is important that we have a number that goes on forever. I am sure there is a good reason. I am glad someone knows why because I certainly do not. After all it led to some really good stuff like… like… the atomic bomb!

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At least someone has turned the equation into a dessert… I understand dessert. Well, at least they put it on the right day, I’ll give them that! In fact, I’ll give them all of it because it just doesn’t matter to me. I don’t think I am going to solve the world’s troubles… but then, I don’t think they are either.

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How to celebrate – Have a piece of Pi. See if you can add it all up to mean something. Just forget about it and go back to bed.

December 10th Nobel Prize Day

Alfred Nobel loved peace, it just so happened that he create the most devastating weapon in history, dynamite. Born in 1833 he was able to bring the detonation of nitroglycerin in 1863, an extremely dangerous substance to work with. In 1865 he developed the blasting cap making his product even safer, but still not ideal. In fact, in 1864 his factory blew up killing his little brother and several co-workers. In 1867 he discovered the use of kieselguhr, a porous material, would stabilize the nitro even further and dynamite was born. He named it for Dynamis, a Greek word for miraculous power.

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Nobel’s invention made his a wealthy man, wealthy beyond most of our dreams. But he regretted his invention, eventually winding up with the name”Merchant of Death”. He continued to work on his invention making blasting gelatin in 1875 and ballistite, a smokeless nitro powder, in 1887. Most of his work came in Stockholm, Sweden, his home after living for a short time in Russia as a child. When he died on December 10th, 1896 his will stated that his fortune was to be given out in awards to the best of the best in physics, chemistry, medicine, literature and peace. 5 years after his death the awards began being issued from Stockholm.

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Recipients receive a gold medal and nearly 1,400,000 in cash. The awards are given out on December 10th every year, on the anniversary of Nobel’s death. It is considered one of the most prestigious awards given to anyone, whether Bob Dylan thinks so or not!

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Among those holding this honor are Marie Curie, Theodore Roosevelt, Albert Einstein, George Bernard Shaw, Winston Churchill, Ernest Hemingway, Martin Luther King Jr. and the Dalai Lama. Though some who have been given the award remain in question, most have deserved the award for their accomplishments serving mankind.

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How to celebrate – Look up all the award winners and see how many you feel have accomplished something worthy of the Nobel Prize for yourself. Read about Nobel’s troubled life. Watch for the list of award winners given out every year.