Tau Day, an anti-Pi Day holiday is an unofficial observance held every year since 2010 on June 28, or 06/28 as written in the American date format.
The day began as a way to recognize tau, τ, a ratio constant describing the relationship between a circle’s circumference and its radius. In recent years, some mathematicians and physicists have argued for the replacement of the pi (π) by tau.
The concept of replacing pi by the tau as a better way to describe the relationship between a circle’s circumference and its radius was first brought up by mathematics professor, Bob Palais in the Mathematical Intelligencer in an article called π is wrong!. This was followed by the publishing of the Tau Manifesto by physicist Michael Hartl. Both of these articles called for the replacement of pi by tau. Tau, the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its radius is equal to 2 π or 6.283.
Not Widely Accepted
Tau is not yet widely accepted within the scientific community, though there is a large community of scientists and technologists who have called for the replacement of pi by tau.
Other Mathematical Dates
The Gregorian Calendar is full of dates that when written in a special manner represent a mathematical or scientific concept. Some of these include: Yellow Pig Day, Mole Day, Fibonacci Day, Palindrome Day and e-Day. Use our Date Pattern Calculator to find out other interesting calendar dates during the year.
How to Celebrate?
- Because the value of tau is twice the value of pi, proponents of tau day call for “twice as much of pie” and to eat circular shaped food. So, instead of one slice of pie, eat two or four.
- If you are a teacher, use this day to encourage students to get interested in mathematics and to consider mathematics as a career choice.
Did You Know…
… that Michael Hartl, called for renaming March 14 (3/14) or Pi Day to Half Tau Day?