Excerpt of my op-ed published in The Huffington Post.
Photo credit: Orren Jack Turner via Wikimedia Commons
It’s on this day each year that so many debate the merits of Dutch apple a la mode vs. lemon meringue pie.
It’s the day pie lovers
embrace the (other) Pi (3.14…), transforming March 14th into a good
reason to globally celebrate Pi with pie.
For those of us who
celebrate fundamental scientific research every day, we raise our
forkfuls for yet another reason: to celebrate the man who brought us
theories about space and time that, among other things, make today’s GPS
so accurate and our search for gravitational waves a reality. Yes, Pi
Day is also Albert Einstein’s birthday.
Soon, I will have the honor of participating in this year’s World
Science Festival in Australia, where so much of my involvement there is a
reflection of science and technology that hinges on Einstein’s
contributions and specifically his connection to the NSF-funded Laser
Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO).