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Thursday, December 6, 2012

New York is getting a Museum of Mathematics! (Insert joke about imaginary number of visitors)

The National Museum of Mathematics is scheduled to open have a private gala 12/12/12 and then open to the public Dec. 15 (((I had that wrong))) in New York City ... and there are still job openings, including security guard. Being a security guard at a mathematics museum is either the best or worst job imaginable; I can't decide which.

The mind reels with possible jokes (the exhibit hall is a three-sided room whose angles add up to more than, less than or equal to 180 degrees, depending on whether hyperbolic, elliptical or Euclidian geometry is being promoted)(hey, I didn't say they were good jokes). The museum is aimed at kids; here's a tidbit from a Nature article about the show:

Its iconic exhibit is a square-wheeled tricycle that rides smoothly over a surface of inverted caternary curves, calculated to keep the axels of the tricycle level ... which seems to give people the sense that maths* can make the impossible possible.

Here's the museum website.

* the plural term "maths" is a British-ism that never fails to make me smile