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A Math Museum?!

Hands on Science Museums are some of my favorites. When I travel I like to look up if the city I am going to has a Science Museum and check it out. Some of my favorite exhibits are usually in the physics and math types of areas with cool lasers or how you can use lenses to teach how light diffracts, but a Math Museum, where it is dedicated to JUST math?? That sounds pretty awesome too!

Meet mathematician and Nifty Fifty Speaker Glen Whitney who decided to demonstrate how super cool and fun math can really be, recently gave up a lucrative career as a hedge-fund algorithm manager in New York to pursue his dream of establishing the nation’s first-ever interactive, hands-on math museum.

The new museum, aptly named the Museum of Mathematics, is intended to go beyond what is learned in school by applying math to everyday situations, thereby showing the integral part it plays in almost everything we do. Read more about him here. (from Whitney’s Nifty Fifty Bio)

The ‘Nifty Fifty‘ are a group of noted professionals who will fan out across the Washington, DC area next October to speak about their work and careers at various middle and high schools.Maybe you are a middle or high school teacher in the Washington DC area interested in having one of Nifty Fifty Speakers from the USA Science and Engineering Festival come and visit your classroom to answer these types of questions. Read more about Nifty Fifty Speakers here.

Nifty Fifty applications are ready to be filled out! Find out about how to apply here.
Application Deadline: May 31


  1. #1 Joseph
    May 15, 2010

    “showing the integral part it plays”


  2. #2 Joseph
    May 15, 2010

    (the pun *was* intended, right?)

  3. #3 Joanna Pool
    May 16, 2010

    🙂 That gave me a good laugh. Actually that sentence is from Whitney’s Nifty Fifty bio that’s found on the USA Science and Engineering Festivals website. I’m not sure if it was intended or not, but funny either way.

  4. #4 fix it pro
    June 1, 2010

    The new museum, aptly named the Museum of Mathematics, is intended to go beyond what is learned in school by applying math to everyday situations

  5. #5 Gary C
    September 27, 2010

    Math museums are cool and why shouldn’t they be? My ideal weekend would be a visit to a math museum/science museum such as the Science Museum in London. I love that place and never get tired of visiting.

  6. #6 facebook chat emoticons
    June 23, 2011

    Yeah! 😛 Uhhmm….. Museum of maths that grave my mind and don’t know what’s that!!! but trying to understand maths still for working on science stream. But really without maths everything will be no longer available.

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