Madison Square Math

Saturday, October 2
10:00 am to 4:00 pm ET (New York)


Join MoMath for a day of celebrating math and New York City on East 26th Street, right in front of the Museum, as part of the NYC Open Culture initiative.  Guests of all ages can enjoy socially distanced math activities, including four different human-scale mazes, a street-sized trip along MoMath’s iconic number line, and a large scale version of Connect 4! 

Plus, enjoy a full day of activities with award-winning author, mathematician, and NY Times blogger, Steven Strogatz including:

10:30 am – Amazing Linked Bagels: It’s easy to cut a bagel into two equal pieces… but can you cut your bagel so the two halves remain linked?  Join us in transforming a classic New York breakfast treat into a surprising mathematical demo, with thanks to Trader Joe’s in Chelsea and Bagels and Schmear.

11:30 am – Sine-Ful Cylinders: Check out an amazing demonstration that turns a straight cut into an elegant mathematical curve — then try your own hand at this engaging activity.

12:30 pm – Pizza Pi: How can one of New York’s quintessential foods – pizza – help us learn more about the area of a circle?  Join us to find out — and enjoy a slice of the pie after this delicious demo, courtesy of Bravo Pizza and Garlic Pizzeria.

1:30 pm – Bicycle Path: Use mathematics to answer a remarkable question faced by none other than Sherlock Holmes while examining the pattern of tracks left in the sand by a bicycle.

2:30 pm – Mandarin Marvels: How can a mandarin orange teach you something about math?  Peel an orange and discover for yourself how to measure the surface area of a sphere… then eat your tasty mathematical treat when you’re done.  Thanks to Trader Joe’s in Chelsea for their generous donation of mandarins for this activity.

3:00 pm – Number Line Tour: Take a walk along this mathematical path through the world of numbers!

Who knew math could be this much fun?!

This outdoor event takes place just steps from the Museum, on East 26th Street between 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue.

The event is free and open to the public.  No registration is needed.

In the case of inclement weather, the event will be moved indoors and will be free with paid admission to the Museum.  Activities subject to change.