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You should be celebrating once-in-a-century Pi day! 3/14/15 9:26:53 or 3.141592653 are the first ten digits of Pi. Events are being held across the country in celebration of Pi. Visit piday.org or raspberrypi.org for more information how you can participate.

The Greek letter Pi is the symbol for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. The number Pi is extremely useful to engineers and scientists when solving problems involving circles. References to the calculation for Pi are found as far back as the Old Testament of the Bible (1 Kings 7:23) where a circular pool is referred to as being 30 cubits around and 10 cubits across. The greatest mathematician of antiquity, Archimedes, used polygons with many sides to approximate circles and determined, accurately, that Pi was approximately 22/7. The symbol for Pi was first used in 1706 by math teacher, William Jones, and was popularized by the Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler in 1737.

Why should you care about Pi Day? In 2009 the U.S. Congress felt it was important enough to create House Resolution 224 supporting the designation of Pi Day as March 14. As it states in the resolution, “…since 1995 the United States has shown only minimal improvement in math and science test scores” and “America needs to reinforce mathematics and science education for all students in order to better prepare our children for the future and in order to compete in a 21st Century economy.” It is a way to make math and science a fun and interesting part of a child and an adult’s life.

Executive Recruiters, Smith Hanley Associates, has been recruiting and placing statisticians for over 35 years. Statisticians are highly sought after in our current, data-rich economy. If you enjoy and value Pi Day and are interested in a statistical career or hiring analytical experts, contact Jacque Paige at jpaige@smithhanley.com.


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