American Pi(e) Day 2018 – for Professor Stephen Hawking

Today I awoke to the sad news of the passing of Professor Stephen Hawking. The word ‘genius’ is bandied around far too much – from pop singers who may have written one good song to the self-proclaimed ‘stable genius’ allegedly being Presidential in the USA. But Professor Hawking really deserved the attribution, if for no other reason than everything he did being so far above my level of comprehension that he must have been super-intelligent, right?

As coincidence would have it, the fates aligned for his passing to have occurred early on the day the Americans celebrate as Pi Day. For the uninitiated, this relates to the abbreviated version of Pi – 3.14 – matching the date for today in their calendar. Yes, I know they have it backwards, but that’s the way they do it, even if it is completely illogical. As this is as close as I’ve ever got to talking about anything scientific in this blog, it does seem an appropriate way to mark Professor Hawking’s passing and his genius to reissue this piece from last year, as my tribute.

And in case you haven’t noticed, Google have again marked Pi Day in their own inimitable style today. I mention in the piece that they have done this before, this is today’s offering:

RIP Professor Hawking.

Take It Easy

As every schoolkid should know, the fattest knight at King Arthur’s Round Table was Sir Cumference. He got that way from too much pi.

Or maybe not.

Readers of longer standing may recall that I used to post occasional Dates To Note and originally ran a version of this post in that series two years ago. I rather like this one, as it gives us Brits a chance to marvel at how weird the USA can be so, for newer readers, here’s a reworked version.

In the UK last week was British Pie Week, whilst in the USA 14 March is National Pi Day. Being a good British citizen of proportions that make me the answer to the football fans’ chanted question ‘Who ate all the pies?’ I was naturally drawn to this. However on further investigation I found that it was in fact a ‘celebration’ by Jus-Rol who make…yes…

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13 thoughts on “American Pi(e) Day 2018 – for Professor Stephen Hawking

  1. Osyth March 16, 2018 / 12:28 pm

    We ate pie in celebration of the passing of a great man on the day of Pi xx

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    • Clive March 16, 2018 / 12:34 pm

      Glad to hear it! I still think Pi(e) Day is weird though 😂 xx

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      • Osyth March 18, 2018 / 8:20 am

        Personally I find celebrating random Saints days by getting blind drunk fairly odd too 😂 xx

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      • Clive March 18, 2018 / 10:44 am

        Absolutely! I’m not religious, but getting pissed doesn’t seem to be what they had in mind when they started it all, does it? 😂 xx

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      • Osyth March 18, 2018 / 4:20 pm

        I’m not either … perhaps we misconstrued the whole God thing 😉 xx

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    • Clive March 14, 2018 / 5:30 pm

      It’s a neat twist, isn’t it – as long as you’re American and do the calendar wrong 😉

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  2. Stuart McEwan March 14, 2018 / 4:30 pm

    As you mentioned, we have lost a literal genius whose presence was nothing but beneficial to the advancement of society.

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    • Clive March 14, 2018 / 5:29 pm

      A remarkable person, his legacy is there for the benefit of future generations. And few of us can make that claim!

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  3. Bernadette March 14, 2018 / 2:39 pm

    Funny, I thought about the irony of Stephen Hawkings passing on Pi Day. (Great minds, etc.)

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    • Clive March 14, 2018 / 2:42 pm

      There is another version of that, but I’ll happily stick with the ‘great minds’ theory 😉


  4. endardoo March 14, 2018 / 1:29 pm

    Good man Clive. Well done. Good day for the great SH to depart. Into the great unknown he did so much to uncover. Even if, like you, I never understood exactly what he uncovered!

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    • Clive March 14, 2018 / 2:11 pm

      Thanks Enda. It does seem somehow fitting, doesn’t it? And I’m glad I’m not the only one totally mystified by him!

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