Museum of Mathematics
|Museum of Mathematics|
|Location||11 East 26th Street, New York City,
New York, United States
The Museum of Mathematics, nicknamed MoMath, is a museum dedicated to mathematics that opened in December, 2012 in the Madison Square North Historic District, in New York City. The museum is the only museum dedicated to mathematics in North America, and features over thirty interactive exhibits. The mission of the museum is to "enhance public understanding and perception of mathematics."
In 2006 the Goudreau Museum, at the time the only museum dedicated to mathematics in the United States, closed its doors. In response to the closing a group of interested parties met to explore the opening of a new museum. This group, led by the museum's current executive director Glen Whitney, decided to open their museum in New York City. The group raised over 22 million dollars in under four years. With this funding a 19,000 sq ft space was leased at 11 East 26th Street. Despite some opposition to the architectural plans within the local community, permission for construction was granted by the Landmarks Preservation Commission and New York's Department of Buildings. The Museum of Mathematics opened on December 15, 2012.
The Math Midway is a traveling exhibition of math-based interactive displays. The exhibits include a square wheeled tricycle that travels smoothly over a curved path, the ring of fire, which uses lasers to intersect three dimensional objects with a two-dimensional plane to uncover interesting shapes, and an organ function grinder which allows users to create their own functions and see the results. Since making its debut at the World Science Festival in 2009, the Midway has been traveling the country, reaching almost a half million visitors as of December 2012. The Math Midway's schedule includes stops in New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, California, New Jersey, Ohio, Maryland, Florida, Indiana, and Oregon, and it will continue to travel to museums of science and industry across the continent.
Math Midway 2 Go (MM2GO) is a spinoff of Math Midway. MM2GO includes six of the most popular Math Midway Exhibits. MM2GO began traveling to science festivals, schools, community centers, and libraries in the autumn of 2012.
Math Encounters is a monthly speaker series presented by the Museum of Math and the Simons Foundation. The lectures currently take place at Baruch College in Manhattan on the first Wednesday of each month, but will move to MoMath's visitor center at 11 East 26th Street beginning in March, 2013 . Every month a different mathematician is invited to deliver a lecture. Lecturers have included Google’s Director of Research Peter Norvig, journalist Paul Hoffman, and computer scientist Craig Kaplan. Examples of topics are “The Geometry of Origami”, “The Patterns of Juggling”, and “Mathematical Morsels from The Simpsons and Futurama.” The lectures are meant to be accessible and engaging for high school students and adults. The first lecture occurred on March 3, 2011. Twenty unique lectures had been delivered as of December 5, 2012.
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