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Staff Stories - March 30, 2023
By Kathie Miller
In the math world, the number pi (π) enjoys something akin to celebrity status. Described by NASA as “the Swiss Army knife of numbers,” pi is a mathematical constant; the ratio of the circumference of any circle to the diameter of that circle. No matter what size the circle is, its ratio is always pi.
Fascinating right? But wait, there’s more!
Pi goes on forever. We commonly shorten it to 3.14, though the decimal digits of pi continue on and on and on and on and on, and they present no repeating patterns. As far back as ancient civilizations, mathematicians have tried to expand our understanding of pi. It’s no wonder this mathematical superstar has a huge fan base, and that’s how March 14 (3/14) now serves as its holiday.
You might ask yourself how Pi Day celebrations started in the first place. The holiday dates back to 1988, when the Exploratorium museum in San Francisco hosted an event inspired by Pi that quickly became an annual tradition. When someone realized March 14 is also the birthday of Albert Einstein, it simply added more fun to the equation.
Pi Day celebrations have always included another fun favorite – pie! And at Goodwin Living, we celebrated Pi(e) Day this year with a pie eating contest and challenging Chief Financial Officer Xan Smith to see how many digits of pi he could recite. We also invited colleagues from around the organization to participate in a pie eating competition. Our competitors included:
Enjoy some of these fun photos that capture the event.
We followed up with each of our contestants after the event, and they all agreed they would do it all again, though it might be a few days before they recover enough to want another slice of pie.
Catch some live-action shots from the event. Watch this video created by spring intern, Tessa Trosman.
As Corporate Director of Marketing & Communications, Kathie Miller provides strategic guidance and tactical support for all areas of Goodwin Living. She writes, edits and manages The Good Life blog and newsletter. Kathie joined GHI in 2014 after nearly 15 years at NPR, where she honed her skills in brand and reputation management, content marketing and internal communications. Originally from Pennsylvania, Kathie has slowly come to realize she’s lived in Arlington for more than half her life and should call herself a Virginian. She enjoys the outdoors and brings her rescue dog, Remi, to work every day.