Celebrate International Day of Mathematics and explore the world of numbers with fun activities, puzzles, and games!

Introduction

Celebrate International Day of Mathematics on March 14 and get ready to explore the fascinating world of mathematics! This day was first established by UNESCO in 2019 to recognize the importance of mathematics in everyday life. As it turns out, mathematics has been around since ancient times, with early civilizations using basic equations to measure distances and time. Since then, our understanding of math has grown immensely, and its applications can be seen in fields ranging from science and technology to engineering and economics. So come join us as we celebrate this amazing subject!

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>3000 BC</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Egyptian Mathematics</div><div class='timeline-text'>Early records of mathematical concepts and calculation methods were found on ancient Egyptian papyri, marking the civilization's advanced understanding of math.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>300 BC</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Euclid's Elements</div><div class='timeline-text'>Greek mathematician Euclid wrote the Elements, a fundamental work in the history of mathematics, which is considered the most successful textbook ever written.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>17th Century</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Calculus Emerges</div><div class='timeline-text'>Calculus, a crucial branch of mathematics, was developed independently by Sir Isaac Newton and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz in the 17th century.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1988</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Pi Day Celebration</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first official celebration of Pi Day took place, organized by physicist Larry Shaw at the Exploratorium in San Francisco.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2009</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>U.S. House Resolution</div><div class='timeline-text'>The U.S. House of Representatives officially recognized March 14 as National Pi Day, a predecessor to the International Day of Mathematics.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2020</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>International Day of Mathematics</div><div class='timeline-text'>The 40th General Conference of UNESCO officially proclaimed March 14 as the International Day of Mathematics.</div></div></div>

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Play a Math-Based Game</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Break out the board games or card games that involve math, such as Monopoly, Scrabble, or even a game of Chess. Not only will you be celebrating International Day of Mathematics, but you’ll also be exercising your brain and having fun doing it.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Teach Someone Mathematics</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Teach someone else the basics of mathematics and show them how much fun it can be. You can show them how to do a simple equation or explain to them the principles behind a more complicated problem.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Solve a Puzzle</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Look for puzzles that involve math and encourage your friends and family to put their minds to work and solve it. Puzzles can range from simple arithmetic problems to complex equations.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Visit a Museum</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take a trip to your local science or math museum and learn about the history of mathematics and its many contributions to society. You may even find some interesting interactive exhibits that will help you better understand the science behind mathematics.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Enter an Online Contest</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Look online for online math contests or challenges and enter them to test your skills against others. You may even get the chance to win some prizes!</p></div></div>

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Math is essential for daily life</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>From balancing our bank accounts to cooking a delicious meal, math plays a crucial role in our daily lives. International Day of Mathematics celebrates the importance of this subject and encourages people to appreciate its many uses outside of school.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Math encourages problem solving skills</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Mathematics teaches us how to think logically and approach problems in an analytical way. This type of thinking can be applied in all aspects of life, from making decisions at work to dealing with difficult personal issues. By celebrating International Day of Mathematics, we are encouraging people to use their newfound skills in any situation!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Math promotes creativity</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Math can also foster creativity by teaching us to explore different solutions to the same problem. Trying out different approaches helps us come up with interesting ideas or answers that we might never have thought of before. Celebrating International Day of Mathematics gives people the opportunity to open their minds and think creatively!</p></div></div>

<div class="facts-item"><div class="facts-number-wrapper"><p class="facts-number">1</p></div><div class="facts-core-content"><h3 class="facts-title">The word 'Algebra' comes from an Arabic phrase</h3><p class="facts-content">In the 9th century, Persian mathematician Muḥammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī wrote a book titled "The Compendious Book on Calculation by Completion and Balancing", introducing a new branch of mathematics. The Arabic term "Al-Jabr" found in the book's title is where our modern term 'Algebra' comes from.</p></div></div><div class="facts-item"><div class="facts-number-wrapper"><p class="facts-number">2</p></div><div class="facts-core-content"><h3 class="facts-title">Fibonacci Numbers were known to Indian Mathematicians</h3><p class="facts-content">Though named after Italian mathematician Fibonacci, the sequence of numbers had been described by Indian mathematicians earlier. Known for properties such as each number being the sum of the two preceding ones, these numerical patterns are prevalent in many natural phenomena.</p></div></div><div class="facts-item"><div class="facts-number-wrapper"><p class="facts-number">3</p></div><div class="facts-core-content"><h3 class="facts-title">Greek Philosopher Pythagoras believed numbers had personalities</h3><p class="facts-content">An intriguing belief held by the Pythagoreans was that numbers had personalities. For instance, they saw even numbers as feminine and odd numbers as masculine. They also believed that specific numbers represented elements of human life and the physical world.</p></div></div><div class="facts-item"><div class="facts-number-wrapper"><p class="facts-number">4</p></div><div class="facts-core-content"><h3 class="facts-title">The number zero was regarded as dangerous in the Middle Ages</h3><p class="facts-content">Popularized by the Arabs but, ironically, invented by Indian mathematicians, the number zero was seen as dangerous during the Middle Ages. Zero's non-conformity to the rules of older Greek and Roman ways of mathematical thought was considered controversial and threatening by some scholars.</p></div></div><div class="facts-item"><div class="facts-number-wrapper"><p class="facts-number">5</p></div><div class="facts-core-content"><h3 class="facts-title">'Nothing' has a value in mathematics</h3><p class="facts-content">One of the greatest advancements in mathematics was the development of a symbol for nothing, or zero. Its inception in the 5th century by Indian mathematicians vastly improved the scope and flexibility of mathematical equations and celestial calculations.</p></div></div>

When is International Day of Mathematics?

International Day of Mathematics is celebrated on March 14th every year. In 2024, this day will fall on a Thursday.

Year

Date

Day

2023

Mar 14

Tuesday

2024

Mar 14

Thursday

2025

Mar 14

Friday

2026

Mar 14

Saturday

2027

Mar 14

Sunday