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You’d have to be irrational to not celebrate Pi Day at NIH!

March 11th, 2015 / in Announcements, pipeline, policy, Research News / by Helen Wright

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Due the advancement in computer science, π (Pi) has now been calculated to over one trillion digits past its decimal. Only 39 digits past the decimal are needed to accurately calculate the spherical volume of our entire universe, but because of Pi’s infinite & patternless nature it is fun to computationally calculate more and more digits.

Plus, it give us a reason to celebrate March 14th or 3.14 with a delicious pie!

The National Institute of Health (NIH) is holding a Pi Day Celebration on the NIH main campus (Building 35/Porter, basement rooms 620/630) on Pi Day Eve, March 13, 2015. 

The day will be packed full of events, including a keynote address by Dr. Eric Lander, Director of the Broad Institute, who will speak about “The Quantitative Future of the Biomedical Sciences.” The lecture will be open to the public and available by videocast. Other speakers for the day include Phil Bourne, NIH Associate Director for Data Science and Special Guest DJ Patil, Chief Data Scientist of the United States. There will be a poster session and networking event with pie (of course) available for purchase.

For more information, please visit the Pi Day Website.

Oh, just so you know… This year’s Pi Day will have special significance on 3.14.15 at 9:26:53 a.m. and p.m., with the date and time representing the first 10 digits of Pi.

I think this means you deserve two pieces of pie this year.

You’d have to be irrational to not celebrate Pi Day at NIH!