I'm Alex Fillipenko, Astrophysist at Berkeley, and contributor to History Channel's 'The Universe', promoting 3.14 pi day! AMA
*Proper spellings are Alex Filippenko and Astrophysicist. As a fellow Redditor (flyblackbox), I was helping Alex get used to this platform, and in haste, I posted misspellings in this AMA title. Thank you for understanding.
Today is March 14th, also known as Pi day, 3/14!
piZone is dedicated to celebrating this phenomenon and I have officially been named the site's 'Pi Piper'.
My name is Alex Fillipenko, Astronomer and Astrophysicist professor at UC Berkeley, national professor of the year 2006, and frequent guest on History Channel's The Universe, as well as other science related documentaries.
I'm happy to discuss any topic related to mathematics, education reform, higher education, astronomy, or astrophysics. Miscellaneous questions will be considered
Answers will begin posting at 11:30AM EST.
"The citizens of our nation need a strong understanding of math and science. Pi can be used as a hook to get kids interested in these subjects. In 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution (HR 224) that March 14th shall be known as National Pi Day (3.14...). This declaration extols the importance of learning about math and science in our schools. Everyone can take advantage of the day to teach children and adults about pi and mathematics. It is intended to be a fun and interactive experience for all.
Pi Day is now celebrated throughout the world, even in countries that don't list the month and day in that order."
π = 3.14159265358
Alex Filippenko must get on a flight to Hawaii, where he will attend the W. M. Keck Observatory 20th Anniversary celebration.
Tomorrow (Friday, March 15, 2:10-2:40 pm Pacific Daylight Time), he will give a talk entitled "Nobel Worthy: The Accelerating Expansion of the Universe."
If you wish, you can watch it live using Keck Observatory’s USTREAM channel: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/explore-the-universe-from-keck-observatory
During the flight, he must finish preparing the lecture, but will answer some additional questions in the future, as time permits.