Saturday, March 14, 2015

5 Methods for Approximating Pi

Animated pi symbol
Happy super-π day! π-day falls on March 14 every year, because the month-day combination results in 3-14, which are the first 3 digits of π. But this π-day is particularly special: include the year, and you get 3-14-15, the first 5 digits of π. We won't get another π-day like this for another 100 years, so you better enjoy this one!

A particularly special time will be at 9:26:53 PM tonight, when we'll get 3-14-15 9:26:53, or the first 10 digits of π.

In honor of the occasion, I'm going to post 5 simple methods for approximating the value of π.