Hey, Math Nerds: Today’s Date Is a Pythagorean Triple


The numbers that make up today’s date Dec. 5, 2013, happen to be whole numbers that can form the size of a right triangle, and the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) in New York City is throwing a party tonight to celebrate. If you need a quick high school math refresher: the numbers 5, 12, and 13, satisfy the Pythagorean Theorem (a² + b² = c²), meaning the legs of the two shorter sides of a triangle squared and added up equals the square of the triangle’s longest leg. (Whoa.)

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MoMath, which will celebrate its first birthday on Dec. 15, has invited math fans to gather in Manhattan’s Flatiron district to demonstrate that the proportions of the iconic Flatiron Building roughly form a right triangle.

“We’re just going to have people line up with identical glow sticks, and we…

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