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NY MoMath museum aims to add to math appreciation - WSJ


Online: http://momath.org/

"Mathematics illuminates the patterns that abound in our world. The Museum of Mathematics strives to enhance public understanding and perception of mathematics. Its dynamic exhibits and programs will stimulate inquiry, spark curiosity, and reveal the wonders of mathematics. The museum’s activities will lead a broad and diverse audience to understand the evolving, creative, human, and aesthetic nature of mathematics."

Source: http://online.wsj.com/article/APa4af8115593542d6badd52073eb3e4d0.html
Date: APRIL 22, 2011, 2:28 P.M. ET
Museum of Mathematics: Call for volunteers: Math Midway at 2011 World Science Festival

It is that time of the year again when the Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) is asking for your help with our Math Midway exhibit at the World Science Festival in NYC on Sunday, June 5, 2011 in Washington Square Park.
You are receiving this message because you either volunteered within the previous two years at Math Midway, or you expressed an interest in helping out at a future Math Midway exhibition.

Since my last call for volunteers, so much has happened at MoMath! The biggest news is our Founding Capital Campaign surpassed our goal and will allow us to proceed with plans to open a permanent museum in NYC. Please visit http://www.momath.org/ for more details.

This all became a reality due to the generous donation of your time at Math Midway. We hope that you will be able to contribute this year by monitoring a booth at Math Midway at the World Science Festival in NYC. The date is about 3 months away, so that leaves plenty of time to recruit friends and colleagues who possess a strong desire to promote math appreciation in our youth (and adults, too!). Please feel free to forward this email.

Once you know that you would like to volunteer, or if you have further questions, please email Jennifer Cottone at jcottone_19@hotmail.com.
As the date gets closer, you will be emailed available volunteering opportunities, shifts, location, etc. We look forward to working with you once again!


Jennifer Cottone

WSF Volunteer Coordinator

NYT has an article on MoMath. Very good read.
Thanks myampol

He believes that tens of thousands of visitors will flock to his Museum of Mathematics, to open in Manhattan next year, and leave invigorated about geometry, numbers and many more mathematical notions.

Two years ago, he and his team built a carnival-like traveling exhibit called the Math Midway, a proof-of-concept for the coming museum. It includes a tricycle with square wheels of different sizes that visitors can ride smoothly around a circular path ridged like a flower’s petals. An accompanying sign explains why: The undulating circular surface rises and falls exactly to offset the odd shape of the wheels, so that the tricycle’s axles — and the rider — remain at the same height as they move.

His vision has enticed large contributions. The museum, which will be at 11 East 26th Street, has raised $22 million, including $2 million from Google and a lot from individual donors (yes, there’s some hedge fund money in there).