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Day of the number pi: Nejc Korošec correctly stated as many as 1123 decimals of the constant



The motto of this year’s World Mathematics Day is: “Mathematics for Everyone”

At the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics in Ljubljana, Pi Day and World Mathematics Day were celebrated every year on March 14. In addition to the rich program, the most interesting competition was the recitation of this famous constant.

Pi Day is celebrated around the world with many events, mostly competitions in memorizing the decimals of the unique number. The Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of the University of Ljubljana also marked this day with an all-day program and competition in reciting the number pi. He became the winner Nejc Korošec, a student of Kranj High School, who correctly said as many as 1123 decimals of the number pi. They were seven years old among the youngest competitors this time Edward and a six-year-old Frida Kahlo from Maribor, both of whom have been participating in math competitions around the world since the age of three.

The competition and the event were hosted by an actor and TV presenter Nik Škrlec, who is a former national memorization champion and record holder in reciting the number pi. In addition to the already traditional competition, which is organized every year by the Student Organization of FMF and the Student Council of FMF, there was also a pit-baking competition, and before the competition, visitors could take part in a short scientific lecture about space and demonstrations of various physics experiments, reports STA.

Nik Škrlec is the national champion in memorizing the number pi.  Photo: SOJ RTV SLO

As the mathematician said Marjeta Knez from the Ljubljana Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, the number pi “certainly one of the most famous mathematical constantsIt is also called Archimedes’ constant, Ludolf’s number or the circular constant, and it appears in the fields of mathematics, physics and elsewhere. “We get to know it already in elementary school, when we talk about the circle. The number pi is the same as the ratio between the circumference of the circle and its diameter,” she explained. It also represents an irrational number, which means that it cannot be written as a fraction of two whole numbers. It has infinite decimals that never begin to repeat, so reciting this number is a challenge of its own.

Mathematics for everyone

On the day of the famous mathematical number, from 2020, at the initiative of UNESCO, we are also celebrating the International Day of Mathematics, which this year is held under the motto Mathematics for Everyone. According to the physicist and lecturer at FMF Simon Čopar, who in 2007 was the first competitor to try his hand at reciting the number pi, International Mathematics Day is a holiday when mathematicians, physicists and everyone else can express their enthusiasm for mathematical horses even more openly. International Mathematics Day is also a day that raises awareness of mathematics as an extremely useful science. The Association of Mathematicians, Physicists and Astronomers of Slovenia DMFA joins the celebration of the International Day of Mathematics again this year by holding an art competition, writes STA.

Source: Rtvslo

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