What you need to know about the 2016 Pi Day in Princeton

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Nerd alert! Pi Day returns to Princeton for five days in honor of math, science and genius minds.

Pi Day is celebrated worldwide on March 14, the numeric (3.14) equivalent of the mathematical constant, π (Pi). The date also happens to also be the birthday of one of Princeton’s most famous residents, Albert Einstein.

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Thursday kicks off the five-day event with a lecture by author and documentary maker, Thomas Levenson about how the hypothetical planet Vulcan led to Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. On Friday evening, musician Wilbo Wright performs a special Pi Day concert.Saturday’s highlights include Pi(e) eating contests and throwing competitions, Pi recitations aiming to break the American record of 20,000 digits, an Einstein look-alike contest and a parade (the Princeton Pi-rade). Grab your best walking shoes for Sunday’s guided “Einstein in Princeton” walking tour and Walk a Pi event.Monday wraps up the quirky fun with smart phone grub and pub crawls.The full schedule of activities can be found here.Thursday and Friday, Mar. 10 and Mar. 11, 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Mar. 12 and Mar. 13, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday, Mar. 14, noon to 2 a.m. – various locations, Princeton, NJ.

Read the 2009 Congressional Resolution recognizing Pi Day.

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