December 5, 2013 Happenings In the News
Tonight! Attend “Pythagorize The Flatiron” Building Event

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Want to see some math in action? Swing by Madison Square Park tonight to help MoMath (The National Museum of Mathematics) Pythagorize the Flatiron.

The Flatiron Building, known for its unique triangular shape, shares the same dimensions and ratios as a 5-12-13 right triangle (a nice fit for today’s date). The plan is to surround the New York landmark with participant-held glow sticks, before witnessing a cutting-edge projection show cast onto all three sides of the building. The spectacle will illustrate the Pythagorean Theorem with both numbers and stunning visuals. Once the show has finished, stick around for some hot chocolate and cookies, or swing by one of the many great bars and restaurants the NoMad district has to offer.

Pythagorize the Flatiron is the first event in the ongoing MoMath MathHappening series, which aims to demonstrate the wonders of mathematics to the public in most amazing ways ever seen.

The night kicks off at 6:45 and runs until 7:30. All registrations to hold glow sticks have been taken, but you can still come out to witness the happening.

A reminder: The Pythagorean Theorem states that the square of the hypotenuse (the side opposite the right angle) is equal to the sum of the squares of the other two sides. — a2+b2=c2.  Hence, 52+122=132 — today’s date and the ratio of the sides of The Flatiron Building.

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