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Its Okay To Geek Out About Pi Day - also Einstein's birthday - and why this one is so special

 Albert Einstein's birthday is 3/14, also the first 3 digits of the mathematical constant pi: 3.14. I will leave it to the math geniuses of the world - of which I am most definitely not -
by Jude Treder-Wolff, LCSW, RMT, CGP
explain the importance of piBut the magical synchronicity that the greatest scientific mind of the century was born with those co-ordinates is something I feel qualified to at least write, wonder and geek out about. Math is at the heart of all the amazing technology we use to connect and also beat each other up, to extend our lives through modern medicine and also to blow each other up through modern weaponry. I say lets invest a little hope in humanity by celebrating the mysteries math reveals and the problems it solves. Also there are desserts involved.

This Pi day is truly special: 3-14-15, a once-in-a-lifetime match-up to the 3.141592653 pi. So here are some ways to celebrate:

1. Make a pi pie, like the one in the picture. 

2. Eat 3 1/4 pieces of the pi pie.

3. Eat the pi pie with 3 friends and a person you like about 1/4 as much as the others.

4. Don't tell the friends which of them you like 1/4 as much as the others.

5. Try to talk about math or science for 3 and 1/4 hours. 

6. Make that 3 1/4 minutes.

7. Watch 314 episodes - or 3 1/4, whatever suits you - of The Big Bang Theory

8. Binge-watch 314 episodes of science shows, e.g. Cosmosvideos on physicist Brian Greene's website or TED talks about science.

9. Read "The Night I Met Einstein" by Pulitzer-prize winning playwright Jerome Weidman, a beautiful account of music-loving Einstein giving an unexpected lesson in listening.

10.  Do the Buffon's Needle experiment: drop a needle on a lined sheet of paper. If you keep track of how many times the needle lands on a line, it turns out to be directly related to the value of Pi.

11.  Take The Pi Day Challenge on Facebook.  A team of logicians adapted or created these puzzles - some require research, some require mathematics, some require pure savvy.

12.. Check out all these Pi-and-Einstein-related events at Princeton University, where Einstein lived and worked and you can take a walking tour of his neighborhood. 

13. Hug a scientist.

14. Stare at the stars for 3 1/4 minutes reflecting on the fact that some of them no longer exist. They burned out centuries ago in some galaxy far, far away but their light is only reaching us now. That breaks my brain a little, in a good way.

Jude Treder-Wolff is a writer/performer, trainer and singer/songwriter. She created and host (mostly) TRUE THINGS a show featuring true stories with a twist. The next performance of Sat. March 21, 2015. @JuTrWolff


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