In time for Pi Day on March 14, Maria Young, a seventh grader at William Paca Middle School, inspired her classmates to learn Pi by memorizing it to the 664th decimal place and reciting and writing it for her mathematics class.
Pi Day is celebrated on March 14 around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159. This year it falls on 3/14/15, which only happens once every century.
According to www.piday.org, Pi has been calculated to more than one trillion digits beyond its decimal point. As an irrational and transcendental number, it will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern. While only a handful of digits are needed for typical calculations, Pi’s infinite nature makes it a fun challenge to memorize, and to computationally calculate more and more digits.
Watch the video of Maria’s impressive feat above!