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Friday, May 23, 2014

6 Must-see Summer Attractions for Math Lovers

     With memorial day marking the unofficial start to summer, the Center of Math wanted to give you a list of 6 must-see summer attractions for all you mathematicians and math lovers out there!

United States Attractions

1. National Museum of Mathematics




    The National Museum of Mathematics is a great place for any math lover to visit. Located in New York City, the museum features a number of interactive exhibits, a gallery of mathematical structures, pictures and art, as well as programs that explore the wonders of mathematics. This is the place to be for anyone who wants to spend a day of fun, immersed in a world of mathematics. 

2. MIT Museum
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     Right in our backyard (Cambridge, MA), MIT is a center of math and sciences. The MIT museum is meant to engage and inspire visitors about the possibilities and opportunities science and technology have to offer. The museum features interactive exhibits, public programs, and its own world-renown collections. Any math lover should visit the museum and see one of the most influential mathematical places in the world.

3. The Tech Museum of Innovation





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     Located in San Jose, in the the heart of Silicon Valley, the Tech Museum of Innovation is a great place for any math lover to visit. The museum features many different programs and exhibits designed around tech innovation. One such exhibit involves designing and building your own robot! This is a great place to see what the latest innovations in technology are, all involving math of some kind.

Non-U.S. Attractions

4. Stonehenge








     While it is a popular tourist destination, Stonehenge should not be avoided, as it is an amazing and mysterious structure. The placement and alignment of Stonehenge was not random. It is based on math, specifically the field of geometry. Stonehenge incorporates the relationships between squares and circles. For a detailed explanation of the math behind it, visit http://www.math.nus.edu.sg/aslaksen/gem-projects/hm/0102-1-stonehenge/mathematical_relations.htm. So not only is Stonehenge a great place to visit for the view, it is also home to math used thousands of years ago, something any math lover can appreciate!

5. University of Göttingen












     The University of Göttingen is a famous university in Germany. It was home to many famous mathematicians and physicists over the years. Some of the more notable ones are Carl Friedrich Gauss, Bernhard Riemann, J. Robert Oppenheimer and Max Planck. This is a great place to visit if you are into math history and wish to see the place where many notable discoveries and achievements occurred

6. Sagrada Familia Cathedral









     The Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona is not only a great place for tourists and architecture lovers, but it is a site any math lover should visit. Designed by Antoni Gaudí, the cathedral features many mathematical structures. There are hyperbolic paraboloid structures throughout, as well as catenary arches, a type of geometric curve. Gaudí also incorporated a magic square into the structure, an arrangement of numbers that add up to the same amount down, across and diagonal.

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