Although this holiday is often overlooked by those who do not speak Geek, or those who do not speak Greek… but for the math major, this is a special celebration. On March 14, or 3/14, or 3.14 — we have the first three digits of “Pi.”
Engaget has featured the music of Michael John Blake who turned the first 31 decimal places into a song:
…played at 157 beats per minute, no less (or half of 314). As it turns out, however, Blake wasn’t the first to come up with the idea — composer Lars Erickson wrote his own “Pi Symphony” a few years back, and has now sparked a bit of a copyright spat on YouTube over who actually owns the rights to Pi in musical form.
Bill Petro, your friendly neighborhood historian