Webcast: Pi Day LIVE @ The Exploratorium - Why ᴨ?
Saturday, March 14, 2020 • Noon
Broadcast live online from the Exploratorium on Pi Day, find out what’s so special about the famous mathematical constant. Exploratorium educators and π enthusiasts Lori Lambertson, Ron Hipschman, and Paul Dancstep will share the history and demonstrate the unique properties of this irrational number.
Watch live on our video page starting at noon.
Welcome to our 33rd annual π Day! Help us celebrate this never-ending number (3.14159 . . .) and Einstein's birthday as well. On Saturday, March 14, 2020, visit us on-line for Pi (π) Day, participate in π-related activities.
Founded at the Exploratorium by our own Prince of π, physicist Larry Shaw, π Day has become an international holiday, celebrated live and online all around the world.
Be sure to share your π Day spirit with #PiDaySF and @Exploratorium.
Schedule of Events
Sync on a Circle
With Cinema Arts
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Bechtel Gallery 3
Sync by Max Hattler (2011, 9 min., looping)
Much like π, Sync "is based on the idea that there is an underlying, unchanging synchronization at the center of everything; a sync that was decided at the very beginning of time. Everything follows from it, everything is ruled by it: all time, all physics, all life. And all animation."
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Gallery 4 Corridor, Microscope Imaging Station
Look through the microscope to see the first million digits of π engraved on crystal and sapphire gems.
11:00 a.m. - 1:59 p.m. | Bechtel Gallery 3
Circles surround us in nature. To describe them, we use the number π, or the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter: 3.14159…. Join the Explorables team to approximate this elusive number by tossing toothpicks onto a lined surface - and counting how many fall across the lines.
With Ron Hipschman, Lori Lambertson, and Paul Dancstep
Noon | Bechtel Gallery 3, Wattis Webcast Studio
Find out what’s so special about the famous mathematical constant. Exploratorium educators and π enthusiasts Lori Lambertson, Ron Hipschman, and Paul Dancstep will share the history and demonstrate the unique properties of this irrational number.
Science of Pi(e)
With Julie Yu
1:00 p.m. | Bechtel Gallery 3, Wattis Webcast Studio
Whether your appetite is for pizza or pumpkin, there’s a full serving of science and a slice of math that goes into a pie before it enters the oven. How do you get from a ball of dough to a crusty disc of deliciousness? Get ready for some kitchen calculations and discover how π can help you to a better pie.
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