Celebrate Pi Day (3.14) in the Flatiron District
International Pi Day on March 14 (3.14) is the celebration of the mathematical constant Pi, the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. More commonly identified by the Greek symbol, π, it has up to one trillion digits. Math enthusiasts around the world recognize Pi Day with a slew of challenges and activities. Fortunately, the Flatiron District is home to the country’s only museum dedicated exclusively to the discipline of mathematics, the National Museum of Mathematics, or MoMath, where you can celebrate Pi Day.
MoMath is a partner of the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership and has worked with the BID to celebrate other math-related events with the public, such as the summer and winter solstices. At the museum, the public learns how math is present in the designs, patterns, and interactions of our everyday lives. On Pi Day, visit the museum with your family to discover the many interactive exhibits, such as the formula morph or tessellation station; you can even ride a square-wheeled tricycle in-house. The gift shop expands on the theme with pizza pie cutters, pi-shaped cufflinks and jewelry, and other pi-themed merchandise.
For another perspective on math and its role in the world, Rizzoli Bookstore, a purveyor of art and architecture books, will host James Crawford, author of Fallen Glory: The Lives and Deaths of History’s Greatest Buildings. Tracing the role of architecture throughout civilizations and political change, this work examines 20 buildings from ancient times to the present. Whether you will build new structures at MoMath, learn about architecture at Rizzoli Bookstore, or savor a pie cup from Hill Country Chicken, the Flatiron District offers many ways for you to celebrate Pi Day this year!