Hello again, savvy savers! Happy Pi Day! Did you know that Pi, the never-ending mathematical constant: Pi (Greek letter “π”), a symbol used in math to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, approximately 3.14159, is now over 4,000 years old! Did you also know that Pi is considered to be an irrational and transcendental number, which means it will continue infinitely without a repetition or a pattern!
A few other fun pi facts?
- The value of Pi has been calculated to over more than two trillion digits, beyond its decimal point.
- Ancient Babylonians determined that the circle ratio constant was 3-1/8 or 3.125.
- Ancient Egyptians computed a value that was a little different at 3-1/7 or 3.143.
- The earliest written record of pi is on the Rhind Papyrus by Ahmes (c. 1650 BC), an Egyptian scribe.
- In 1706, William Jones made it popular to use the Greek letter pi to represent the mathematical constant of 3.14. Incidentally, Pi is the 16th letter of the Greek alphabet and “P” is the 16th letter of the English alphabet.
- Mathematician William Shanks, in 1882, is said to have calculated the first 707 digits of Pi. Unfortunately, he made a mistake after the 527th place and as such, every other calculation after that was incorrect.
- Chemistry student Chao Lu, set the world record in 2005 by memorizing the first 67,890 digits of pi. Chao reportedly practiced for four years and it took 24 hours and 4 min to accomplish the feat.
- Albert Einstein was born on Pi Day: March 14, 1879.
Now while National Pi Day did not become official until 2009 when the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution to the effect, the day was celebrated since 1988 by physicist Larry Shaw, at the San Francisco Exploratorium, the day has been marked by celebrations at universities and colleges the world over for over a millennium! Another fun fact, when the aforementioned Dr. Shaw, and his colleagues, began celebrated the day creating and consuming fruit pies with their classes and department chairs.
So in celebration of this awesome, little know, nerd-a-licious date in history, I want to share in Dr. Shaw’s fun and share with you all my recipe for Pi Day Strawberry Pie. Here’s how to make it:
- 1 cup organic sugar or stevia
- 1 1/4 cups filtered water
- 2 tablespoons organic cornstarch
- 1/4 cup strawberry gelatin powder
- 4 cups fresh organic strawberries, halved
- 1 9-inch baked pie crust (homemade or pre-made)
- 3 cups whipped topping (homemade or pre-made)
- Start by bringing sugar, water, and cornstarch to a boil over medium heat; approximately seven minutes.
- Cook, while stirring the mixture constantly for 1 minute until thickened.
- Add package of strawberry gelatin, and fold into mixture until dissolved.
- Remove from heat; chill mixture two hours in refrigerator, on pot holder, for 2 hours.
- Arrange strawberries in your pie shell and pour gelatin mixture over; reserve six berries for topping of individual slices when serving.
- Cover pie and chill 2-4 hours.
- Serve pie with whipped cream if desired.
- Great tip: This pie also tastes amazing with peaches added into your mix as well! Enjoy!