Pie goes down easy for math aficionados

There’s a difference between math and baking, says Kevin St. Denis: “Math is easier.”

The third-year mathematics major prepared a couple of pies in celebration of Pi Day, Wednesday in Erie Hall.

“It’s just some premade crust and I poured in two cans of filling – cherry and blueberry,” St. Denis said. “I tried to shape them like the letter R because I was going for two pie R.”

Dozens of students, faculty and staff from mathematics and computer science lined up for a free piece of pie as part of the annual observance of March 14 – 3.14 – representing the ration of a circle’s circumference to its diameter.

“A lot of math revolves around pi,” said fourth-year math student Tom Wilson. “Anything to do with calculus – it’s definitely an interesting number. Free pie is also cool.”

St. Denis’ classmate Anna Hope took exception to his characterization of the differences between baking and math.

“Baking is an exact science, just like math,” she said. “You don’t get the right results if you fudge the measurements. You can’t round down.”

She suffers from celiac disease and so brought in a pie with a gluten-free crust.

“It substitutes potato, tapioca and corn flour,” she said. “It’s good!”