‘History’

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When Phones Really Clicked

December 20, 2017 4:00 pm

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When you make a phone call these days, you don’t even have to remember anyone’s number. But it wasn’t always like that – you used to really have to work for that call with a rotary phone! Read on to find out more about these old-time phones, and dial up the fun rotary-phone math!

Miracle of Oil

December 12, 2017 3:59 pm

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Hanukkah is the Jewish holiday also known as the Festival of Lights. Read on to find out more about this holiday that shines bright with candle and food math!

Polka Dot Dog

December 5, 2017 4:00 pm

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Dogs come in all kinds of patterns, including spots! Dalmatians are one of the most famous spotted pups. But do they always have those eye-catching dots? Read on to find out – and spot the math in these delightful dogs.

Another Angle on Numbers

December 3, 2017 4:00 pm

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You probably know what the numbers we use look like, but do you know why they look like that? Read on to discover this little-known secret, and take a different angle on the math in numbers!

A Surprise Inside a Surprise Inside a…

December 2, 2017 4:00 pm

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Have you ever seen those little wooden dolls that split open to show another little doll inside, then another inside that one? Ever wonder what they’re called? Read on to find out – and see how the math stacks up in these stacking dolls!

Gold on Fire

November 30, 2017 4:00 pm

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Bedtime Math fan Emerson S. asked, how much gold is on the flame on the Statue of Liberty’s torch? Well, the torch may not look that big to us from the ground, but when you get up close, you realize how big it really is – and how much gold goes into covering it. Read on to find out and discover the treasure-chest of math in Lady Liberty’s gold flame!

Big Balloon Bash

November 23, 2017 4:00 pm

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Any decent parade should have marching bands, clowns, and of course giant inflated balloons shaped like our favorite characters — and in New York the giant Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade does it all. Read on to be surprised by the numbers behind everyone’s favorite Thanksgiving Day parade…and get carried away with the math!

Spotlight on 11/11 11:11

November 11, 2017 4:00 pm

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We are loving the geometry in the Anthem Veterans Memorial sculpture in Arizona. What makes this sculpture so mathematically special? Read on to find out – and see how math can meet nature to create memorable and honoring tributes.

How to Get a Bigger Brownie

November 6, 2017 4:00 pm

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Cake tastes delicious no matter what shape it’s in. But we’re loving this cake-cutter made by Matthias Wandel that cuts the cake into hexagons. Read on to find out why this hexagon knife is so cool – and bite into the cake math!

When Elephants Were Furry

October 28, 2017 4:00 pm

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Woolly mammoths were long-ago cousins to the elephant – and they were definitely woolly! With hair as long as 3 feet, they were sure to keep warm in the cold winters. Read on to discover the hair-raising numbers behind this mammoth of a creature.