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Pi Day comes first in NZ

March14

Yes, it’s true – Pi Day does come early in New Zealand, and a day later for our students in the USA. Other than being able to find your birthday in Pi, why is Pi important enough to deserve a day of its own — and a search engine to draw attention to it? Click […]

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Wacky Pi Day Activities…

March14

Wacky Pi Day activities, just in from Time.com: • In New York City, hundreds are expected to gather around a park fountain at 9:26 a.m. and with glow sticks in hand at 9:26 p.m. (to represent pi as 3.1415926) in an event organized by the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath). • Lovebirds can get married […]

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Why don’t tape measures show √2?

March3

Your boss asks you to cut a length of wood exactly to √2. So, you get out your tape measure and ….what? There is NO √2! There should be though? After all, √2 is an exact length!! It was worked out on a calculator so you should be able to measure it? Why don’t rulers […]

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Pi Day Revisited

December1

Yes, today is NOT Pi Day – well, not officially. After all, every day is Pi Day since every day Pi is being used to solve both simple and complex problems, many times without anyone realizing it. Yes, Pi might just have to be the most exciting irrational number on the planet! What do we mean […]

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If I learn Pi to 1000 places will I be a better mathematician?

February16

This post asks an interesting question. So, as a high school student, I go to the trouble (and it would be some trouble) to learn the value of Pi to 1000 decimal places. Will that make me a better mathematician? NO, according to recent research on how we learn. Check out this article on this […]

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Pi from Pies…

May18
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Pi Day, Oz Style

March14

Yes, we were ahead of our lagging mathematicians in other classrooms today – with an early Pi DAY. March 14 (3.14) is a day ahead of our American counterparts and staff were delighted to receive small jam and lemon tarts to celebrate this auspicious day in the Mathematics calendar! Would love to see photos from […]

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Mathematics and the art of string theory

March9

The artist Louisa Bufardeci has long been fascinated by the rich resources of scientific theory. String theory is an area of Physics that aims to describe all the parts of the universe, and how they behave, in one master mathematical equation. It has led physicists to suggest that the smallest element of matter, from which […]

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Pi Day is getting closer!

March3

Yes, we are again (see the last Pi Post) heading towards Pi Day (March 14 or 3/14 in the USA). Of course, in Australia and New Zealand we are able to celebrate a day earlier (on 14/03) than our North American mathematicians! We wonder whether Google will produce a unique Pi Day logo?

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Life of Pi – Mathematics at the Movies

January24

Life of Pi is a movie by Ang Lee about the stories of a boy, Piscine, who suffered verbal abuse in school because his name was often taken to be “Pissing”.  To move beyond this, he makes a huge effort to become known as Pi by going up to the blackboard in every class he attends […]

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