By Bob Curtis, Local Secretary
It is March, the month named for the Roman god of war, Mars. It is also the month when
Julius Caesar was assassinated, "on the ides of March."
March 14th is Albert Einstein's birthday and it is also Pi Day, an annual celebration
commemorating the mathematical constant π (pi). Pi Day is observed on March 14 (or
3/14 in the month/day date format), since 3, 1, and 4 are the first three significant digits of
π in decimal form.
From Wikipedia, I learned that the earliest known official or large-scale celebration of Pi
Day was organized by Larry Shaw in 1988 at the San Francisco Exploratorium, where
Shaw worked as a physicist, with staff and public marching around one of its circular
spaces, then consuming fruit pies. The Exploratorium continues to hold Pi Day
celebrations. In the year 2015, Pi Day will have special significance on 3/14/15 at 9:26:53
a.m. and p.m., with the date and time representing the first 10 digits of π.
Northern New Jersey Mensa has its executive committee quarterly meeting on February
8th. We are still in need of a member willing to help with testing candidates for Mensa
membership. We are very happy with all the organizing and activities Stephanie Glenn is
providing. We also began planning our summer picnic for August in Van Saun Park.