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Celebrate Pi Day With These Mathematical Reads

Neale Stokes, Librarian III, Digital Content Team,
Pi Day. Pie with digits reading 3.14159265 on it
Pi(e) photo by Emily Hilliard.

It’s not the loneliest number, but it might be the most famous. Pi (or π) is commonly defined as the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. π has been calculated to trillions of digits, but most people just know the first few, namely 3.14—hence, Pi Day, celebrated every year on March 14th (3/14, get it?).

If you haven’t already rolled your eyes and closed this tab, you might be the type who’d enjoy reading more about Pi and/or math in general, so here are some librarian recommendations. And don’t forget to enjoy a slice of Pi(e) while you’re at it.

Recommended: Books About Pi

A History of π (pi)
Petr Beckman

π: A Biography of the World's Most Popular Number
Alfred S. Posamentier

The Joy of π
David Blatner

Recommended: Books About Math

The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan
Robert, Kanigel

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
Margot Lee Shetterly

Neal Stephenson

Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity
David Foster Wallace

A Beautiful Mind
Sylvia Nasar

Women in Mathematics
Lynn M. Osen

The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail—But Some Don't
Nate Silver

Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy
Cathy O'Neil

Fermat's Enigma: The Epic Quest to Solve the World's Greatest Mathematical Problem
Simon Singh