It’s Pi Day, and the world is celebrating ways that mathematics improves our lives.

On Sunday, 14 March 2021, the world will celebrate the second annual International Day of Mathematics (IDM). It is also known as Pi Day – the date, written as 3/14, is like the mathematical constant Pi that is approximately 3.14.

The International Mathematical Union leads the IDM project with the support of numerous international and regional organisations worldwide. Locally, the South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF), its partners and sponsors, are getting ready to celebrate this year’s theme: Mathematics for a Better World.

“Mathematics underpins all innovation in finance, engineering, and business,” explains Prof Kerstin Jordaan, the executive director at the SAMF. “That is why one of our goals is to make a positive impact on the standard of mathematics teaching and learning.”

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