You Can Never Have Too Much Pi (π)

The earliest approximation of π (or: “Pi”) was discovered by ancient Babylonians nearly 4,000 years ago. Since then, π has been one of the most important and celebrated number in science and mathematics. Most of us can recite the approximate value of π from memory (hint: it’s 3.14), and many of our modern scientific and technological advancements can be traced back to π, including our personal computers, devices and apps. Pi is so celebrated that fans even created two unofficial holidays for it! In addition to March 14, Pi Day is also observed on July 22 – as 22/7 is the most common fraction used to represent Pi.

To celebrate the upcoming Pi Day on July 22, here are three super interesting facts about π that you may not know:

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π Has Been Linked to Quantum Mechanics

In 2015, U.S. researchers found a link between a 17th-century formula for Pi and quantum mechanical calculations of the energy levels of a hydrogen atom.

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Both 3.14 and 22/7 are just approximations of π

As far as we know, Pi is infinite. Thanks to modern computational power, however, the decimal representation of π has been extended to over 13.3 trillion digits!

π22/7 is not the most accurate fraction for π

While commonly used to represent Pi, 22/7 is only accurate to 0.04025% of Pi. A more accurate fraction used to approximate Pi is 355/113, which is accurate to 0.00000849%.

If you missed all the fun in March, it’s time to see the Pi and join in the fun this 22/7! Not sure how to get started? Here are a few of our favorite ways here at Parallels!

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Pi(e) baking contest!

Pie is good enough to eat on regular days. Take it up a notch on Pi Day by challenging all your friends to bake one themselves. Bonus points if your pies are shaped like π ’s!

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DIY projects with Raspberry Pi

There are lots of fun DIY projects you can try with Raspberry Pi, the affordable, credit-card sized computer. Try running full remote Windows desktops on Raspberry Pi, powered by Parallels Remote Application Server!

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Tell some Pi jokes

What do you get when you cut a jack o’lantern by its diameter? Pumpkin Pi! This and other groan-inducing jokes will definitely help crack a few smiles as you go about your day expounding the virtues of Pi.

Happy Pi day everyone!

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