The Museum of Mathematics—Great Resources for the Gifted

by Carol Fertig

Great new resources are becoming available with the pending 2012 opening of the Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) in New York City. MoMath will be the only museum in the United States dedicated strictly to mathematics. (The small one that previously existed on Long Island closed in 2006.) To read about the founder of this new museum, how it got started, and the types of exhibits that will be included, see the article about it that recently appeared in The New York Times.
 
The exhibits and programs at MoMath are designed to stimulate inquiry, spark curiosity, and reveal the wonders of mathematics. I can hardly wait until it opens.
 
A series of videos titled Math Encounters is already available. Some of these include:
  • The Geometry of Origami;
  • Symmetry, Art, & Illusion; and
  • Soap Bubbles and Mathematics.
Math Midway is a hands-on traveling exhibition that highlights the engaging and playful nature of mathematics. Math Midway is making appearances at science and technology centers across the country. A list of upcoming engagements is provided.
 
Math Mondays is a partnership between MoMath and the magazine Make: Online. The weekly column discusses fun, experiential, puzzling topics in mathematics. Some recent topics were:
  • Knit or Crochet a Dodecahedron;
  • Fold Your Own Hyperbolic Paraboloids; and
  • Cut and Fold Escher.
There is also an online store for MoMath that sells a variety of mathematical games and books.

This blog post initially appeared on the Gifted Child Info Blog on July 29, 2011.