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teddys
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March 15th, 2015 at 1:30:00 PM permalink
I was suprised I remembered it too.

6.02 x 10 to the 23rd.
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March 15th, 2015 at 2:52:32 PM permalink
Had dinner last night with a friend who's a number theorist.

He submitted that 3.14 is a worse approximation of pi than is 22/7, which rounds to 3.142857, so from now on pi day ought to be moved to July 22nd after this year (or after 2016, per the Wizard).
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March 15th, 2015 at 2:54:35 PM permalink
In terms of these mathematical special dates, it was actually Johnny Carson who nailed it,

on none other than at 12:34AM on May 6th, '78, interrupting his Tonight Show to momentarily announce the convergence of this 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8 "eight-card straight" astronomical event.

Pi is a weaker date-time convergence what the King of late night had done.
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Nareed
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March 15th, 2015 at 3:11:45 PM permalink
Try the date in Spanish. It's not impressive at all.

14/03/15
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AcesAndEights
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March 15th, 2015 at 3:12:20 PM permalink
Quote: Wizard

At least by the US date formatting.


This is my issue with calling this the "Pi day of the century." US date formatting is just plain wrong. There is an international standard, ISO 8601, that describes an unambiguous date format that is preferable to use. So yesterday was 2015-03-14.
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teliot
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March 15th, 2015 at 4:06:13 PM permalink
Quote: harvson3

Had dinner last night with a friend who's a number theorist.

That was my research area as well when I was a professor. Not many of us. At any rate, check out 355/113.
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March 15th, 2015 at 4:39:54 PM permalink
Quote: AcesAndEights

This is my issue with calling this the "Pi day of the century." US date formatting is just plain wrong. There is an international standard, ISO 8601, that describes an unambiguous date format that is preferable to use. So yesterday was 2015-03-14.



Both 2015-3-14 and 14-3-2015 make more sense than the way we do it. From largest to smallest or smallest to largest.
andysif
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March 15th, 2015 at 6:28:48 PM permalink
Quote: rudeboyoi

Quote: AcesAndEights

This is my issue with calling this the "Pi day of the century." US date formatting is just plain wrong. There is an international standard, ISO 8601, that describes an unambiguous date format that is preferable to use. So yesterday was 2015-03-14.



Both 2015-3-14 and 14-3-2015 make more sense than the way we do it. From largest to smallest or smallest to largest.


anyone know the actual rationale behind this MM-DD-YY format? Even when you are saying it verbally, it should have been "1st" of "MAY", "2015"
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March 15th, 2015 at 7:09:30 PM permalink
Quote: teliot

check out 355/113.



Thank you. If you're going to celebrate pi, either December 21st (or December 20th), at 1:13.

This approximately coincides with a solstice. Coincidence? I think not.
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teliot
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March 15th, 2015 at 7:26:57 PM permalink
Quote: Dieter

Thank you. If you're going to celebrate pi, either December 21st (or December 20th), at 1:13.

This approximately coincides with a solstice. Coincidence? I think not.

I get it, the 355-th day out of 365 days in the calendar year. Nice.
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