Nerds rejoice, it’s Pi Day! Oh where to start with the joyous festivities? I know, this excerpt is sure to be a rousing crowd pleaser:

3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937510582097494

4592307816406286208998628034825342117067982148086513282306647

0938446095505822317253594081284811174502841027019385211055596

4462294895493038196442881097566593344612847564823378678316527

120190914564856692346034861045432664821339360726024914127…

Seriously, this is Albert Einstein’s *birthday!* To commemorate the nerd holiday of the year, here are some choice activities:

- Take the AQ Test (I score 45, 16 is “normal”).
- Take the Nerd Test (I score 92%)
- Quiz: Which Springer-Verlag graduate text in mathematics are you? (I’m J.-P. Serre’s Linear Representations of Finite Groups).
- Learn to calculate Pi by throwing frozen hot dogs. Apparently flautas and celery sticks work just as well.
- Cruise this list of origami models and fold (or knit) away to rousing choruses of “Happy Birthday Albert Einstein”. Alternatively, look at some origami tessellations (beautiful).

Today is definitely one day of the year that I observe by appreciating your patience and willingness to put up with me.

We are a household of geeks. We made banana pi to celebrate.

Frank is a surveying engineer and self proclaimed math geek. My kid already seems to enjoy numbers be sane, simple and elegant.

And having a 5 year old recognize pi is priceless. LOL, comprehension can come later.

I didn’t know. I did know about Mole day.

You’re talking to someone who nearly got a golden spiral tattoo a couple years back; is phi as nerdy as pi?? According to that quiz though, I’m only 49% nerdy. Hmm…

So that’s why my daughter had pie in math yesterday! (She’s in 7th grade and just learning about pi…. thank goodness she’s better at math than I ever was… although I did make it through Calc II in college, which of course I use all the time now : )

Oh, how I regret letting the sweatshirt with pi and The Brain (of Pinky and The Brain fame – two laboratory mice who want to take over the world) on it get away from me! I coveted it for my brother.

And what is this “put up with” you talk about? We

likeyou the way you are, remember?I took the AQ test. I was … a trifle surprised to find out that I scored a 41. Now I feel gypped; I feel as if I managed to accumulate most, if not all the disadvantages, with none of the talents. :(

Consider me a nerd…test or no test. I’ve been celebrating Pi Day every year since college, where we convinced our math/computer science professors to let us eat pie during class. My husband teaches Algebra I and is passing on the “tradition” to his students.

Here’s a story in our local paper today about a sixth grader who won her school’s pi day contest by reciting the first 801 digits of pi! She won a night w/out math homework (for the first 40 digits) a free lunch (for the first 100 digits) and successfully defended her title as the Pi Queen of Harbor Day School! (There’s a video link attached to the on-line story…)

32, 97%, J.L. Doob’s Measure Theory. Thanks :-).

Me? 96% nerd … and that’s with having never had math higher than Caculus.

Kathleen, feel free to delete this is you feel it’s gratuitous advertising … but when I wear my GOAT hat I designed a bunch of Pi Day and scientist’s birthday images for t-shirts and other miscellany. They’re on sale at: http://www.zazzle.com/CartesianBear*

And my whole family are nerds … my kids sing Tom Lehrer’s “The Elements Song”, and my son’s favorite bed time reading at age 2 was “My First Book of Numbers” (Kindergarten math).