Archive for March 14, 2013

Einstein > π

Yes, today is Pi Day.



More importantly, it’s the 134th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s birth. (Isn’t it remarkable that people who celebrate Pi Day don’t think to add a few candles to the pie and sing Happy Birthday to Big Al?) It’s interesting that 134 shares the same three digits as Einstein’s birth date, 3/14, and 134 also has the following property:

1 + 3 + 4 = 8

8C1 + 8C3 + 8C4 = 134

On his birthday, we can honor Einstein by remembering some of his quotes. One of his most famous is about his math ability.

Do not worry about your difficulties in mathematics. I can assure you that mine are still greater.

Slightly less well-known is the following quote by Einstein, also about math.

God does not care about our difficulty with numbers. He integrates empirically.

But special for today, the following is a quote not from Eistein, but about Einstein. The quote is attributed to a Japanese cartoonist, Ippei Okamoto, and appeared in Driving Mr. Albert by Michael Paterniti.

He [Einstein] has a quiet way of walking, as if he is afraid of alarming the truth and frightening it away.

A beautful quote for a beautiful mind. Happy Birthday, Mr. Albert!

March 14, 2013 at 1:25 am 7 comments

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