HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Topics » Science » Science (Group) » MoMath: Manhattan's Museu...
Introducing Discussionist: A new forum by the creators of DU

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 02:33 PM

MoMath: Manhattan's Museum of Mathematics



MATHEMATICS is awesome, full stop. That's the philosophy behind a new museum opening next week in New York City.

The founders of the Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) know they have a fight on their hands, given the pervasive idea that the subject is boring, hard and scary. But they are determined to give mathematics a makeover, with exhibits that express an unselfconscious, giddy joy in exploring the world of numbers and forms.

"We want to show a different side of mathematics," says museum co-founder Cindy Lawrence. "Our goal is to get kids excited, and show them the math they're doing in school is just one tree in a whole huge forest."

To this end, mathematics pervades every aspect of the design, sometimes in surprising places. Take the museum's Enigma Café. At first glance, it looks like any other trendy, modern Manhattan cafe. But instead of coffee, puzzles will be served. And a careful look reveals that the floor is a 6-by-6 grid, the walls are made of Tetris-like puzzle shapes called pentominoes, and the tables are arranged as a knight would progress across a chessboard.

"We try to hide math everywhere," says Lawrence.

http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/culturelab/2012/12/momath-manhattan-museum-of-mathematics.html

6 replies, 1015 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 6 replies Author Time Post
Reply MoMath: Manhattan's Museum of Mathematics (Original post)
n2doc Dec 2012 OP
immoderate Dec 2012 #1
rocktivity Dec 2012 #2
PoliticAverse Dec 2012 #3
TPaine7 Dec 2012 #4
PoliticAverse Dec 2012 #5
ret5hd Dec 2012 #6

Response to n2doc (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 02:39 PM

1. Cool. Which math is.

--imm

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to n2doc (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 02:47 PM

2. You're welcome

From MoMath.org:
Grand Opening: Saturday, December 15, 2012
11 East 26th Street
New York, NY (Manhattan)


rocktivity

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to n2doc (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 03:04 PM

3. There's something irrational about a Museum of Math... n/t

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #3)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 03:07 PM

4. LOL... and odd... and transcendental...

 

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to TPaine7 (Reply #4)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 03:11 PM

5. I hope it isn't all imaginary... n/t

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #5)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 09:35 AM

6. No, just irrational.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread