Pi Day Princeton 3.13.14 thru 3.15.14

The Quick Listing of Our Endless List of Fun Things to Do:

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Thursday, 3.13.14 – PI DAY EVE

7:00 p.m. Academic Celebrity Kick Off Event with author Charles Adler -  sponsored by Princeton University Press at Princeton Public Library – Wizards, Aliens, and Starships: Physics and Math in Fantasy and Science Fiction by Charles L. Adler, professor of physics at St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Wizards, Aliens, and Starships delves into the most extraordinary details in science fiction and fantasy–such as time warps, shape changing, rocket launches, and illumination by floating candle–and shows readers the physics and math behind the phenomena.From tele-portation and space elevators to alien contact and interstellar travel, science fiction and fantasy writers have come up with some brilliant and innovative ideas. Yet how plausible are these ideas–for instance, could Mr. Weasley’s flying car in the Harry Potter books really exist? Which concepts might actually happen, and which ones wouldn’t work at all? Go here for more information.

Friday, 3.14.14 –THE REAL PI DAY & EINSTEIN’S BIRTHDAY

pi14n11:00 a.m. Walking Tour of Einstein’s Neighborhood sponsored by Princeton Tour Company – You’ll enjoy a scenic walk of Princeton while seeing the exterior of Albert Einstein’s homes (he lived in two places, not just 112 Mercer) while you hear all about his home life, his friendships with other geniuses (Robert Oppenheimer, Kurt Godel, and John von Nuemann, who lived in Princeton, too) and Einstein’s remarkable humanitarian efforts as well. Tours begin at 116 Nassau St. inside the Princeton University U-Store.

1:59 p.m. Deadline for International Pi Day Princeton Video Contest Schools and individuals from all over the planet upload videos into YouTube and share the link to princetonmimi@gmail.com.  All content must include celebration of Pi & Einstein’s Birthday and run less than 3.14 minutes.  Winning school or individual age 13yrs and younger compete to win $314.159!

3:14 pm. Walk a Pi Event sponsored by YMCA Princeton.  Grab your gym bag and head to the new work out facility at YMCA at 59 Paul Robeson Place.  Log 3.14 miles on one of the state of the art treadmills or elliptical trainers, take a photo of your Pi Mile and post it on the Pi Day Princeton Facebook PageAll participants will win a free Pi Day Princeton commemorative poster and free two week trial membership with a waived joiner fee if you join the YMCA!

3:14 pm. Pizza Pi Competition sponsored by Princeton Pi and princeton genius tours.    On the Eve of Pi Day, one lucky 6th grader, 7th grader and 8th grader will be chosen to compete at the event.  Contestants have 5 minutes to choose from all the ingredients at Princeton Pi to create the best pizza!  Judges include Mayor Liz Lempert; Superintendent of Princeton Regional Schools, Steve Cochran and John Conway, inventor of Game of Life and Professor at Princeton University.  All participants will win a free Pi Day Princeton commemorative tee shirt and winning participant will win one free medium cheese pizza each month for the remainder of 2014!  Register inside the store at 86 Nassau Street or email princetonmimi@gmail.com.  Finalists will be contacted on Pi Eve!

Stone_EinsteinQuantum_jkt6 p.m. Academic Celebrity Pi Day Event with famed physicist, A Douglas Stone -  sponsored by Princeton University Press at Princeton Public Library – Einstein and the Quantum: The Quest of the Valiant Swabian by A. Douglas Stone, Carl A. Morse Professor of Applied Physics and Physics at Yale University

A book unlike any other, Einstein and the Quantum offers a completely new perspective on the scientific achievements of the greatest intellect of the twentieth century, showing how Einstein’s contributions to the development of quantum theory are more significant, perhaps, than even his legendary work on relativity. Go here for more information.

fireflies8 p.m. – Princeton Light Up the Night Event sponsored by Princeton University, the municipality of Princeton, Princeton Pedestrian/Bicyclist Advisory Committee and Princeton Tour Company – Did you know similar oscillators (things that cycle automatically and repeatedly) can mutually synchronize without any single coordinating force or leader?  TRUE!  The next time you’re hanging out with a group fire flies you’ll see it action or you can just attend this once in a lifetime event!

The town of Princeton will recreate the famous 1,000 Fire Flies Experiment The first 159 Princeton residents to arrive to the Community Park South Park will receive LED lights for their bikes.  Princetonians will ride 3.14 miles on the circular track, the lights will synchronize to create an artificial system of blinking lights that mutually synchronize to create a scientific mystery and magical display!  At the end of the ride, participants will return their lights to be distributed by the Princeton Police Department and Princeton University Department of Public Safety to Princeton residents and University employees who commute by bike throughout the year and are in need of safety lights.  (Inclement weather date is July 22nd!  Why?  Because 22/7 is the day/month format and the fraction 22/7 is a common approximation of Pi, silly!)  Lights will be at the event. To pre-register and guarantee participation in the ride email  princetonmimi@gmail.com.

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8 p.m. – Outerbridge Ensemble, led by pianist, Steve Hudson, sponsored by Arts Council of Princeto.  This high energy group with an infectious original sound based in jazz, afro-beat, Afro-Cuban rhythm, and funk and has been a hit at festivals across Canada and the US to music lovers of all ages is coming to celebrate Pi Day with us.  Tickets will be available at the door at 7:30pmA highlight of the program will be the performance of material involving alternating meters, polyrhythms, and the manipulation to time dedicated to Albert Einstein. Prior to the concert, Steve Hudson will conduct a free workshop geared to musicians and students of jazz from 6:30-7:30pm. The workshop is open to the public and musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments. The ACP will offer member-priced tickets to the evening’s concert for all who attend the workshop. To register for the workshop or more information, please email dhaggerty@artscouncilofprinceton.org.

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Saturday – OUR UNREAL CELEBRATION DAY

9 a.m. — Pie Eating Contest at McCaffrey’s in the Princeton Shopping Center – moderated by Princeton comedic celebrity, Adam Bierman.  Contestant Age  Groups: Youth 4-8 and 9-13; Teens 14-18 and Adults 19 and above. There is no advanced registration. Simply arrive by 8:45 a.m. and report to the second floor inside McCaffrey’s to compete in this hysterical event.    There is no registration for these hysterical events!

10 a.m. — Princeton Symphony Orchestra holds a friendly Kids of All Ages Violin Exhibition in the Community Room, Princeton Public Library for kids 3yrs – 6yrs!   kidsviolincontestExtra credit will be awarded to those who come dressed as Einstein.  Don’t forget, the Einstein Look A Like Contest immediately follows this event!    All participants will win a free Pi Day Princeton commemorative tee shirt and PSO ticket vouchers!   For more information, please email cburden@princetonsymphony.org

11 a.m. — Happy Birthday Party, Albert! at the Historical Society of Princeton, 158 Nassau St., for children ages 6 to 12. Who was Albert Einstein? Learn about the public and private life of the famous scientist and humanitarian through examination of photographs and his personal belongings. Then, play like Einstein – build a house of cards, solve puzzles and enjoy some cake! For children ages 6 to 12. Tickets: $5 per child (one adult included free. Additional adults are $4.)
. Please call 609-921-6748, ext.102 or email eve@princetonhistory.org to reserve a space.

11 a.m. — Einstein Look-A-Like Contest at the Princeton Public Library, Community Room -All participants will win a free Pi Day Princeton commemorative tee shirt and Contestants 13 and younger are eligible to win $314.15!    Register your ‘lil genius and email princetonmimi@gmail.com.

trainridewitheinsteinNoon — Dinky Train rides with Einstein. Meet Einstein, his mother and good friends. Be sure to ask “Einstein” where he is going on the train because sometimes he forgets.  Departing Princeton Station at noon, 12:27 p.m. and 1 p.m.; departing Princeton Junction Station at 12:11 p.m., 12:37 p.m. and 1:11 p.m. $2.75 per adult each way, up to two kids (ages 5-11) can ride free with a passenger paying any valid fare.

Noon – 12:45pm - International Puzzle Celebrity Guest: Tetsuya Miyamoto, inventor of KENKEN, KENKENpresented by the Princeton Public Library & Princeton Theatre Experiment – Princeton Public Library Community Room –  the inventor of the immensely popular KENKEN puzzle is visiting from Japan! Miyamoto-sensei is a subversive math instructor who’s students have so much fun solving his puzzles, they don’t know they are mastering math! Learn the history of the puzzle Will Shortz (crossword puzzle editor of the NYTimes) is “completely addicted to.” Don’t know how to KENKEN? Learn from the inventor.

1:00 to 2:00 p.m. - KENKEN Tournament for Teens (and other teen-spirited humans) – Princeton Public Library, 3rd Floor Teen Area).  Need more KENKEN?  Feeling competitive?  Step up to the overhead projector for the full hour KENKEN face-to-face competition!  Space is limited, so climb the steps as fast as you can!

Noon - 2pm -  Academic Celebrity Children’s Book Signing Event with famed author, Jennifer Berne, of On A Beam of Light – A Story of Albert Einstein- OnABeam COVER-1-14sponsored by Jazam’s at 25 Palmer Square East – Join one of 2013′s  most celebrated children’s book authors for a book signing of On a Beam of Light – A Story of Albert Einstein.  Get your book signed while chatting with her about this critically acclaimed children’s book which has won the 2013 New York Times Editors’ Choice Award, ABA Best Books for Children, NPR 2013 Great Reads and more awards too numerous to list here!

1 p.m. — Pi Recitation Contest at the Princeton Public Library, Community Room. Marc Umile, 2007 Pi Recitation North American Champion with more than 15,000 digits of Pi, normally joins to cheer on the contestants.  Pi Recitation Judges are from Princeton University and academic celebrity attendees include Gareth Conway, age 12 and 2-time Pi Day Princeton champion and his father, John Conway, Professor of Mathematics and John Von Neumann, Distinguished Professor in Applied and Computational Mathematics at Princeton University.  All participants will win a free Pi Day Princeton commemorative tee shirt and Winner of the Youth Category (aged 7yrs – 13yrs) compete to win $314.15!pi_IndexPage   Email princetonmimi@gmail.com   to register your child 13yrs and younger.  (We used to allow adults to perform at this event but, well, it got too long so this event is only for kids 13yrs and younger!  Hope everyone understands!)

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m—]Finding Pi at the Princeton Public Library Lobby – Led by the PPL Teen Advisory Board – Don’t know pi? Or maybe you’re done participating in the Pi Recitation Contest occurring in the Community Room? Come calculate pi for yourself, with one of two hands-on activities. This is an interactive event, especially geared toward children ages 5 and up.

BedtimeMath22:00 p.m. — Bedtime Math Book Party & Activities with Laura Overdeck at Labyrinth Books at 122 Nassau Street - Laura Overdeck’s mission is to make math a fun part of kids’ everyday lives. The 2nd volume of her wildly popular Bedtime Math is just out and she will join us for Pi Day celebrations involving constructions with glow-in-the-dark sticks in the store’s underground events space. Join us on your way from Einstein impersonations at the Library to pie-throwing on campus.

2:45 p.m. — Pie Judging Contest at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room, Nassau Inn.   The residents of Princeton determine the winner of the coveted “Best Tasting Apple Pie in Princeton” award.   The first 50 guests who arrive will serve as judges.  Winning baker wins the coveted Princeton Pillow!  Real Possibilities, Princeton’s premiere accounting, tax and CFO Consulting Firm will count the votes and announce the winning baker!

piethrow2_Princeton_blog_main_horizontal3:14 p.m. — Pie Throwing Event at the Palmer Square Green. $1 per throw with all proceeds to benefit 101: A non profit volunteer organization dedicated to helping Princeton High School graduates in need of financial assistance.

3:14 p.m. — World Premiere & Announcement of the Pi Day Princeton Video Winner – Schools and individuals from all over the planet upload videos into YouTube and share the link to princetonmimi@gmail.com.  All content must include celebration of Pi & Einstein’s Birthday and run less than 3.14 minutes.  Winning school or individual age 13yrs and younger compete to win $314.159!

3:30 p.m. — Guided Einstein Tour by Mimi Omiecinski, founder of Pi Day Princeton and owner of Princeton Tour Company and princeton genius tours. Guests will start in the lobby of the Princeton Public Library and weave through downtown Princeton, hearing darling stories of Einstein’s life and his experience in Princeton.Pi_Day_Shirt_Eat_Pi

4 p.m. — Happy Birthday Party, Albert! Happy Birthday Party, Albert! at the Historical Society of Princeton, 158 Nassau St., for children ages 6 to 12. Who was Albert Einstein? Learn about the public and private life of the famous scientist and humanitarian through examination of photographs and his personal belongings. Then, play like Einstein – build a house of cards, solve puzzles and enjoy some cake! For children ages 6 to 12. Tickets: $5 per child (one adult included free. Additional adults are $4.)
. Please call 609-921-6748, ext.102 or email eve@princetonhistory.org to reserve a space.

David Hua_All-America-Team_Photo4 p.m. — Mega Chess Champion Demo & Free Style Play with David Hua at the back area of Nassau Inn (across from Halo Pub) .   Featuring Princeton resident and chess champion David Hua.  David was the youngest player to win the Atlantic Open!  While using life size chess pieces, he’ll show the crowd sure bet moves to beat your opponent!  After the demo anyone in the crowd can challenge each other to a round of the most popular game in the world!

PiFightphoto4:30 p.m. — Pi Social at the Princeton Public Library, Community Room. Featuring PiFight, The Einstein Alley Rock and Roll Band. Come sing “Happy Birthday” and eat cake while rockin’ out with PiFight

 

 

 

Sound like too much fun?  It is!

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(Yep, we’re already planning 3.14.15 and you can bet it’ll be the most unbelievable celebration in Pi Day history!)

 

Math doodles provided by Professor John Conway.