MaMaMu: Non-Mathematical Themes

Most people envisage the Magical Mathematics Museum being organized like a math textbook or a university department of mathematics.
... but let's organize at least part of the museum whimsically along non-mathematical themes ...

Mathematics in War
(Vauban fortifications, Ballistics,

Math Magic
(this image is the same if rotated upside down)
(c) Scott Kim - used with permission

Mathematics in Biology
(Osteoporosis, Viral Architecture)

Mathematics in Literature
(Jorge Luis Borges wrote mathematically witty stories like "The Lottery of Babylon".)

Mathematics in Crime
(Fingerprint uniqueness was recognized in 1788 and was
followed by development of competing classification systems.)

Mathematics in Industry
(Tire treads will be at the hub of our exploration of patterns)

Mathematics in Art

by M.C. Escher 1969

All M.C. Escher works (c) 2008 The M.C. Escher Company - the Netherlands.
All rights reserved. Used by permission.


Dr. Gord! said...

Doug Cantrell (MGTaylor Corporation) brainstormed in an email: "...the aural expression of mathematics [is] music! [MaMaMu should include] games and activities that demonstrate mathematical concepts and relationships in music such as fundamental frequencies, harmonics, scales, intonations, intervals, groups, series, sets, transformations, inversions, transpositions, and temperament."

Dr. Gord! said...

Gail Taylor suggested that I visit the learning exchange (, an organization that she founded in 1972. The Learning Exchange's central mandate is experiential learning. The area most relevant for MaMaMu is "Exchange City" in which students take on the roles of business and political leaders in a city. MaMaMu needs to explore the world of business / finance and economics. Exchange City is a powerful model to draw upon.

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