Pi Day: Not Just a Math Geek’s Holiday
Created by StaffWriter on 3/10/2015 10:01:23 PM

Pi Day: Not Just a Math Geek’s Holiday

By Emily Schulz

Quick: Name the most steampunk confection you can think of. What comes to mind? Chocolates, perhaps? Cakes? Petit fours? While these are certainly delectable, I humbly submit that pie is the most steampunk of pastries.

Why pie? It is the punk in the world of food: a rebellion against boundaries between entrees and dessert, a dish that is limitless in its ability to become whatever you want it to be. Pies can take on a wide variety of flavors and textures, from savory to sweet, from firm to crispy to wobbly to spilling all over the plate.

And what better way to partake of the deliciousness than in a Pi Day celebration?

For the uninitiated, pi (Greek π) represents the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. It is an irrational number, which means its decimals go on forever with no repeating patterns. Its shortest decimal approximation is 3.14. Pi is used in a number of mathematical equations and formulas, and if you look carefully you can see it in everything.Since at least the 1980s, pi has had its own special holiday, celebrated on March 14 every year. 2015 is a particularly significant year for Pi Day, because for a moment, time itself will follow the sequence of pi: 3/14/15 at 9:26:53.

On Wednesday, March 11, the Milwaukee Steampunk Society is celebrating Pi Day with—what else?—a pie party. Attendees are invited to bring a pie to share, and will compete to see who can remember the most decimals of pi. Want a piece of the action? Visit the event page at for more details. This salon promises to be a tasty treat for pie eaters and pi lovers alike!

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