The National Institutes of Health will hold its third annual Pi Day Celebration on the NIH main campus on Pi Day 2.0, Thursday, May 18 in the NIH Clinical Center, Building 10. (As you may recall, the original Pi Day festivities, on 3.14, were postponed due to inclement weather.) The goal of the NIH Pi Day Celebration is to increase awareness across the biomedical science community of the role that the quantitative sciences play in biomedical science.
For information about NIH Pi Day events, please visit their website: http://nihpiday.nih.gov/. Please stop by to learn more about NIH Library services during the Poster and Networking session, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. on the FAES Terrace in Building 10. The afternoon workshop, Open and Reproducible Science Using Python and GitHub, will be held in the NIH Library Training Room. Space is limited for the workshop, so sign up today at https://nihlibrary.nih.gov/node/372046/register.
Pi Day is traditionally celebrated on March 14th (3.14) around the world. The Greek letter Pi is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant—the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter—which is approximately 3.14159. Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point. As an irrational and transcendental number, it will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern. While only a handful of digits are needed for typical calculations, Pi’s infinite nature makes it a fun challenge to memorize, and to computationally calculate more and more digits.
NIH Pi Day is a joint effort of multiple ICs, including CIT, NCI, NHGRI, and NLM, and the NIH Office of the Director, including the NIH Library and the Office of Intramural Research. Additional support is provided by the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) and the NIH Bioinformatics Special Interest Group.
For all events, sign language interpreters can be provided. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact Jacqueline Roberts, Jacqueline.Roberts@nih.gov, 301-594-6747, or the Federal Relay, 800-877-8339.
The NIH Library
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