It’s usually a good thing when Pi Day falls on a Saturday. The last two times this has taken place were both momentous dates in our shared history of Pi:
But alas, Saturday, March 14, 2020 came and went with a bit of a whimper for most of us, myself included. While many kids continued to crank out ever-impressive additions to the rankings, we’ve generally had bigger things on our mind this year than the joy of an infinitely beautiful number. Instead, we’ve all been focused on bending the curve of the spread of the covid-19 virus away from infinity and toward zero. Kudos to everyone who has been making sacrifices and helping their fellow humans during this time of worldwide need.
The nice thing about infinity is that there will always be another digit, and there will always be another Pi Day. For this one, we Pi people just had to keep it simple and celebrate quietly. For my part, I sang Pi Day carols with my kids over slices of apple pie. Good enough for 3.14.20. Looking forward to 3.14.21.
Stay healthy and never stop appreciating the beauty in the world around us – numerical and otherwise!