I am , admittedly, something of a “geek”. That being said, I love (and my boys love) March 14th. Why? Well, it’s Pi Day! You see, it is 3.14 on the calendar and THAT is the beginning of 3.141592653589793238462…. (Sorry, I really don’t want to have all 1 million digits of Pi on my blog.) What makes this year’s Pi Day even more “useful” in the Hippie Household is the fact that our oldest has been studying the area of circles, which happens to be Pi times radius squared. Pi is the ratio of the circle’s circumference to its diameter, and it is incredibly useful in everyday math (I say everyday math, because I do still know this equation from my youth and it has proven useful when we have done various projects around the house – see, it is something that I use as an adult, don’t tell my high school math teachers!)
Yet another reason we celebrate Pi day is because it is also Albert Einstein’s birthday (if it wasn’t confirmed that I am indeed a geek before, it is now!). We have also enjoyed studying Einstein and his theories in our home school and all of the experiments that come along with that studying.
My interest in Einstein began in high school, all due to a romantic teenage girl stumbling upon this poster:
This poster hung in my bedroom for many years. It wasn’t until the past few years that my romanticizing of Einstein turned into a curiosity that had me reading this biography: Einstein: His Life and Universe. Wow, what an amazing journey this man had! One of the biggest impressions I received (and one reason we are so thankful that we home school) is the importance of independent thinking and utilizing the “thinking outside of the box” concept. Thank you, Einstein, for your contributions! Happy Pi Day to you!