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Let’s take a break from the serious and talk about something mundane today. The pi that I am talking about is not apple, cherry or chocolate pie but the kind of pi that mathematicians like. 3.14 or March 03/14 is pi-day. Scientists see today as a holiday of sorts. The symbol, used by mathematicians to represent the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, is the lowercase Greek letter π, sometimes spelled out as pi. It is a number rounded off at 3.14 that goes on ad Infinium. It is coincidently Albert Einstein’s birthday. It has become an international holiday celebrated by physicists and mathematicians giving them a good as any excuse to enjoy a pie of their favorite pie. My favorites are rhubarb and sour crème raisin or any other kind of pie that is available.   The Scientific American explains the history of pi. “The importance of pi has been recognized for at least 4,000 years. A History of pi notes that by 2000 B.C., “the Babylonians and the Egyptians (at least) were aware of the existence and significance of the constant π,” recognizing that every circle has the same ratio of circumference to diameter. Both the Babylonians and Egyptians had rough…

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