Pi Day, Stephen Hawking’s death and Albert Einstein’s birthday all converging on the same day, March 14, hasn’t gone unnoticed on social media.
Hawking, who died Wednesday at 76, overcame a debilitating disease to publish popular books probing the mysteries of the universe and helped merge Einstein's theory of relativity with quantum theory to suggest that space and time would begin with the Big Bang and end in black holes, CNN reported.
Einstein, who was born in Germany on March 14, 1879, won worldwide fame for his general theory of relativity and a Nobel Prize in 1921 for his explanation of the phenomenon known as the photoelectric effect, according to History.com. He died April 15, 1955 in Princeton, New Jersey.
Pi Day occurs Wednesday because the chosen date 3-14 is the first three digits used in mathematics to represent a constant, according to the Pi Day website. The calculation, which can be taken more than one trillion digits beyond its decimal point, is represented by the Greek symbol Pi. (Wednesday marks the day's 30th anniversary after being organized by physicist Larry Shaw, Fox News reported.)
The convergence of the dates was not lost on social media users, who failed to mention both Einstein and Hawking probably enjoyed the occasional piece of pie.
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