# It’s Pi Day. Here, Do Some Math While Looking at (a Frankly Absurd Amount of) Pie.

March 14 has been dubbed Pi Day, thanks to the date’s resemblance to the first few digits of pi, the mathematical symbol that stands for 3.14159 (etc.). Pi, which can be used to calculate various geometric features of a circle, is also obviously a homophone to pie, perhaps explaining people’s willingness to celebrate the contrived holiday.

Pi Day is surprisingly controversial among math geeks. The discontent comes from how the math celebration has, in practice, and especially on the internet, become a day to celebrate pie over pi. The two aren’t wholly unrelated of course; pie is circular, and if you wanted to measure its circumference or area, that’s where good old pi would come in. But something tells me most of the bakers out there aren’t doing much geometry. What a shame.

In a bid to put the pi back in Pi Day, below are some math problems involving pi. (Each problem is linked to its source.) We’ve paired them with a bunch of photos from Pie Instagram, because it turns out there is a delightful community of bakers there. By using Pi Day as an excuse to post a bunch of cool pie photos, are we part of the problem? Maybe. Oh well, and happy Pi Day!