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On Saturday, the world celebrated Pi Day. This year’s celebration, on 3/14/15, was particularly special because even the year corresponded with the first digits of pi: 3.1415. But what does it all mean? The New Yorker essay, “To Pi and Beyond,” attempts to demystify the infinite nature of pi and explores some new discoveries concerning the recurrence of prime numbers.

In Egypt, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is planning on building a new capital city from scratch. The Atlantic reports that the estimated $45 billion plan will be carried out by Capital City Partners, a Dubai-based private investment fund, which constructed Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. Cairo has been the capital of Egypt for over 1000 years. The proposed new capital is leaving people wondering what the future will bring.

The New Yorker‘s “Richer and Poorer: Accounting for Inequality” gives us an in-depth analysis of income inequality in the United States. Jill Lepore previews and reviews upcoming and recent literature discussing American history in terms of inequality.

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Happy Pi Day to math lovers & haters alike

When I was accepted to Brown, I told my former math teacher that I would never take another math class again, thanks to the open curriculum. Scarred by grumpy math teachers in middle school, I stubbornly held true to this statement; I know I’m not alone on this one.

But just because we may have forgotten the significance of pi doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate Pi Day. Now that we’re at Brown, March 14 doesn’t mean our math teachers bring pie to class and assign less homework as they revel in the majesty that is pi. Instead, we can celebrate Pi Day in a way better fit for college students: by eating. SPEC will be serving pies of all sorts (e.g., pumpkin, apple, and even chicken pot pie) at their Pi Day event at The Underground tonight from 8–10 p.m.

Pi Day also happens to fall on a Wednesday, which means you can celebrate at Whisko. I’m sure that would make your childhood math teachers really proud (but please make sure your BAC doesn’t get up to 3.14).

For those who want to honor the holiday in a more academic way, Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) is sponsoring a Pi Day celebration with the Puzzle Club and the Go Club for puzzles in the Science Center at the SciLi from 7–8:30 p.m.

So embrace Pi Day and celebrate the fact that you love math, or that Brown didn’t make you take it once you got here.

Free food digest: March 14, 2012

Eat free or dine trying. It’s Pi Day, folks!

The Developing Brain seminar with Prof. BJ Casey
12–1:15 p.m.
Ratty, Room 8

The second lecture in this series brings Cornell Professor of Developmental Psychobiology BJ Casey to the Ratty for a discussion that will feature not only hundreds of 150-point Scrabble words, but a luncheon, too.

Second Annual Health Careers Fair
12–2 p.m.
Faunce’s Kasper Multipurpose Room

While you’re meeting with reps from dozens of health career fields, we’ll be diagnosing the refreshments with a case of Delicious.

Health Services Research Seminar Series: Prioritizing Health in an Era of Cost-Containment
4–5 p.m.
121 South Main, Room 245

UMass Medical School Professor, Dr. Allison Rosen, will discuss things of a healthcare nature while the attention of all involved is fixated on the ambiguous but seductive “light refreshments.”

Women’s History Month Library Open House
5–7 p.m.
Sarah Doyle Women’s Center

Help celebrate Women’s History Month and stop by the SDWC to check out the library and the Meeting Street cookies. Continue Reading