Explore Dublin by Numbers!

02nd March 2012

Measuring Irish giants.  How Irish algebra helped to put a man on the Moon.  The symmetry of Georgian buildings.   And the geometry of the Merrion Square pyramid . . .  just some of the stories featured in a new city trail, that aims to encourage families to stretch their legs and their minds.

Designed for families and schools (ages 6-plus), the ‘Dublin by Numbers’ trail was launched today as part of Engineers Week 2012.   Families simply download and print the PDF, sharpen their pencils, pack a piece of string, and set off exploring.

The new trail is packed with puzzles, stories and things to do on Merrion Square, all celebrating the mathematics around us every day.  Activities range from simple to challenging – one of the activities is to workout whether the Square really is a square!   

The project was developed by science writer Mary Mulvihill, whose company Ingenious Ireland specialises in walking tours with a geeky twist.  “The trail makes a great outing for families, summer projects and school groups.  They take you to familiar and less well-known places, and you’ll see them differently, with our mathematical lens.” Several Irish scientists are featured, including Alicia Boole Stott from Cork – in the late 1800s she was known “the Princess of the Polytopes” for her work.  

The activity trail is free to download, thanks to support from project partners: Discover Science and Engineering (DSE), Intel, Engineers Irelands’ STEPS programme, and  the Centre for the Advancement of Science and Mathematics Teaching & Learning (CASTeL).

The trail was developed in conjunction with experts from St Patrick’s College Drumcondra: Dr Dolores Corcoran, of the Mathematics Education Unit, and Dr Maurice O’Reilly, head of the Mathematics Department.

Download the free Merrion Square trail at: