Pi Day Google Doodle: Dominique Ansel Pie Celebrates Holiday's 30th Anniversary

Be warned: Going to Google’s home page today might make you crave pie. The doodle for Wednesday is in honor of Pi Day and features all the delicious ingredients of an apple-caramel pie, created by world-famous pastry chef and cronut creator  Dominique Ansel.

The letters making up “Google” are abstractly spelled out on the home page with the ingredients and the pie itself, and they also write out the equation circumference divided by diameter equals pi. Pi is a Greek letter and mathematical constant used to calculate the area and circumference of a circle.

A video that accompanied the Google doodle Wednesday features Ansel explaining how he made the pie, the doodle and the science of baking. He made the pie entirely from scratch, from the dough to the apple filling.

pi google Google teamed up with Dominique Ansel, creator of the cronut, to create the Google doodle celebrating the 30th anniversary of Pi Day, on March 14. Google

“Baking is very scientific, everything is very precise,” Ansel said in the video. For those who want to try their hand at creating a pie like Ansel’s, all of the recipes and directions are available on Google’s doodle site, but there’s no guarantee it will come out looking as beautiful as his.

Wednesday marks the 30th anniversary of Pi Day’s creation and celebration as a holiday, and it’s also coincidentally physicist Albert Einstein’s birthday. For the past 30 years, the holiday has been celebrated on March 14, the day of the year that lines up with the first three digits of pi.

The day was first celebrated in 1988 by Larry Shaw, a physicist who arranged the first celebration honoring the number at the San Francisco Exploratorium, where he worked. Pi Day was only celebrated at the Exploratorium at first, but the excuse to have some pie and celebrate math soon made its way to other areas of the world. Shaw used to lead a parade in honor of Pi Day, SFGate reported.

In 2009, the House of Representatives even voted to recognize Pi Day and encouraged educators to “observe” the day with activities.

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