Pi Day

Tuesday 14 March 2006 at 6:52 pm | In Articles | 1 Comment

MathForge (a superb maths blog, worth subscribing to its newsfeed) claims that people all over the world are celebrating Pi Day since today is 3/14 which consists of the first 3 digits of the decimal expansion of \pi. Not in the UK and other countries where the date is 14/3.

I propose an [i]e[/i] day to be celebrated on 2nd July all over the world :)

PS Added on 18 March
Anonymous on MathForge has just posted to say:
In fact on this side of the pond we celebrate pi day on the 22nd of July. Approximately.
Wonderful! :D

157

Tuesday 14 March 2006 at 1:43 pm | In Articles | Post Comment

Why is 157 an interesting number? The Guardian’s FE diary More than a number is not the sort of place where you would expect to find the answer. Let’s have more of this!

Blackboards

Tuesday 14 March 2006 at 12:58 pm | In Articles | 1 Comment

Thanks to Gooseania (who got it from Blog of a Math Teacher) for linking to The Sarong Theorem Archive. Just shows that blackboards still exist; they have completely vanished from FE and schools in the UK to be replaced by whiteboards or smartboards.

The problem is that whiteboards need regular proper cleaning and decent pens; smartboards are useless for maths since they are usually far too small and are too dependent on technology. I don’t miss the chalk dust but there’s little to beat a decent blackboard for flexibility.

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