The International Day of Mathematics (I.D.M.) on March 14 is a worldwide celebration that happens each year where all countries will participate (including students and the general public) in math activities. Did you know that March 14 is already celebrated in many countries as Pi Day? Yes, it is because this date is written as 3/14, and the mathematical constant Pi is approximately 3.14! So, this day is all about mathematics!
History of International Day of Mathematics
The International Day of Mathematics is a global event that celebrates mathematics! It aims to educate people about the essential role of mathematics in science and technology, improve quality of life, empower women and girls, and contribute to sustainable development. This is a relatively new event that was created just a couple of years back.
The proclamation of March 14 as the International Day of Mathematics was adopted in the 205th session of the UNESCO’s Executive Council. The day was then adopted in the 40th session of the General Conference of UNESCO in November 2019. Later in 2020, the world celebrated its First International Day of Mathematics on March 14, 2020, with the theme ‘Mathematics is Everywhere.’
The major goals of the International Day of Mathematics is to improve understanding among the general public of the importance of mathematics in education, raise awareness of the role of maths in modern society, science, and disaster management; increase access to information about mathematics, increase international networking, and collaborations in public awareness of mathematics and more.
Each year, there is a new theme for the celebration of the International Day of Mathematics. Last year in 2021, the theme for this day was ‘Mathematics for a better world.’
Mathematics is an interesting and engaging subject, and everyone needs to get accustomed to it. So, let’s learn math, enjoy math, and celebrate math with all our hearts and brains!
International Day of Mathematics timeline
The Executive Council of UNESCO adopts the International Day of Mathematics at its 205th session.
UNESCO’s 40th General Conference decides Pi Day as the International Day of Mathematics.
The inaugural celebration of the I.D.M. takes place on March 14, 2020.
The first virtual International Day of Mathematics is celebrated with the theme ‘Mathematics for a Better World.’
International Day of Mathematics FAQs
What is the theme for International Day of Mathematics 2022?
The theme for the International Day of Mathematics 2022 is ‘Mathematics Unites.’ This theme was proposed by Yulia Nesterova from the University of Ottawa in Canada.
Who is the father of mathematics?
Archimedes is considered the father of mathematics because of his notable inventions in science and math.
Is math hard to learn?
Not necessarily, although some find it difficult, having a strong base in the fundamentals helps learn any concept with ease.
International Day of Mathematics Activities
Organize an event
You can organize events and activities to celebrate the International Day of Mathematics in your city or locality and invite your friends and family to participate.
Join a math competition
If you’re a competitive one, you can join mathematics competitions hosted virtually or physically on this day and let your genius come out!
The best way to celebrate International Day of Mathematics is by teaching math! You can help your kids or someone in your local school with math tuition and educate them about the wonderful world of math!
5 Important Facts About Mathematics
Shakespeare and mathematics
The word ‘mathematics’ appears in a Shakespearean play, “The Taming of the Shrew.”
It has a name
The symbol for division (÷) has a name, and it is called an obelus.
Jiffy is a real unit of time
The word ‘jiffy’ that we commonly use is a valid unit of time. It means 1/100th of a second.
100 is 120
The word ‘hundred’ comes from the old Norse term, ‘hundrath’, which means 120!
Four = 4
‘Four’ is the only number in the English language with the same number of letters as the number itself.
Why We Love International Day of Mathematics
Math helps us understand the world
Mathematics is not just numbers; it is the art of solving problems around us. In fact, the real-life applications of mathematics are endless.
Math makes learning interesting
One striking thing about math is that old concepts are as relevant as new concepts. For instance, to understand calculus, you need to understand basic algebra first, which makes learning more interesting.
We need International Day of Mathematics
International Day of Mathematics is very much needed in today’s world where the Gen Z population is shying away from maths. This day helps us restate the importance of mathematics in education.
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