New York has added a new museum to its already superb cultural offering, with the Museum of Mathematics aiming to turn the tricky subject of maths into a top tourist attraction.
While it may seem that a museum dedicated to maths, a troublesome and confusing discipline for so many, doesn’t exactly add up to fun times, founder of the museum and mathematician Glen Whitney believes that mathematics can entertain and educate in equal measure. But will the museum bring visitors flocking to New York's Hotels? Whitney said “Kids are born as explorers, they ask questions about everything. Math is a ripe area for exploring patterns and asking questions, but kids can pick up a social message that math is weird. We want to send a message that it's cool to love math.” The museum aims to please all ages and all levels of mathematical knowledge. Attractions include the intriguingly named Hyper Hyperboloid, Tessellation Station and Square-Wheeled Trike. Another interactive exhibit allows visitors to 3D print geometric sculptures of their own design. The emphasis is firmly on having a go, with exhibits aiming to bring the often abstract and intangible aspects of the subject to life by letting people learn through doing. Many tourists fly to New York to enjoy its rich cultural offering, with some of the world’s finest museums and galleries located in the city. The Museum of Mathematics will certainly offer an interesting alternative to the traditional tourist spots, and promises to be an entertaining and educational spectacle for kids of all ages. Image sources: 123