PHILANTHROPY MAGAZINE, WINTER 2015

“Teachers report that weeks after a visit, students are often still jazzed about what they learn at MoMath and how it connects to classwork and real life.”

CONNECT A MILLION MINDS, DECEMBER 22, 2014

“Math is often one of the hardest subjects to visually depict, but a new exhibit at the Museum of Math does exactly that. Automated robots follow simple mathematical rules that allow them to work as a group and potentially carry out advanced tasks, like search and rescue.”

STEVE ADUBATO ON THE AIR, DECEMBER 21, 2014

“It’s a place where you can come and play with math in a way that you never saw math before.”

THE VERGE, DECEMBER 15, 2014

“Can a swarm of robots show how schools of fish and flocks of birds actually follow predictable mathematical behavior? That’s just what the Museum of Math wants to showcase in its new exhibit.”

LIVESCIENCE, DECEMBER 12, 2014

“A new interactive exhibit in New York City teaches kids and adults alike about the mathematical order of the natural world in an unconventional way: with dozens of swarming robots.”

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, DECEMBER 12, 2014

“The National Museum of Mathematics unleashes its coolest exhibit yet with ‘Robot Swarm.’ … The cutting-edge display demonstrates breakthroughs in computer science and swarm technology by using simple mathematics, motion control and positioning systems to bring the robots to life.”

ENGADGET, DECEMBER 10, 2014

“You’ll need to step into the 11-foot by 12-foot ring to mingle with these robots, while donning one of three unique, infrared-trackable packs to help the swarm monitor your movement and react according to one of several algorithms.”

NY1 NEWS, DECEMBER 10, 2014

“What we wanted show with the robots is how you can take just a few simple rules that are easy to write down, like ‘Stay a certain distance from your neighbor,’ ‘Try to head in the same direction as your two nearest neighbors,’ and they produce this incredible behavior that looks likes something from nature, like a flock of sheep or a school of fish.”

NEW YORK TIMES, DECEMBER 1, 2014

“Behind a black curtain in a downstairs corner of the National Museum of Mathematics in Manhattan (known as MoMath), a small group of mathematicians, designers and engineers was hard at work — laughing, shouting, clapping and having a blast, while being chased by robots.”

WALL STREET JOURNAL, NOVEMBER 9, 2014

“On a reconnaissance mission, Shana Kimball walked through the Museum of Mathematics with her smartphone out, snapping pictures of square-wheeled tricycles and math-inspired art.”

THE HUFFINGTON POST, NOVEMBER 10, 2014

“Over the past month, people around the world have been building a mathematical structure out of more than a million business cards. The construction teaches its own mathematical lesson, which is undoubtedly part of the point in the colossal math project dreamt up by Matt Parker (Queen Mary, University of London) and Laura Taalman (National Museum of Mathematics).”

LIVESCIENCE, NOVEMBER 10, 2014

“What do mathematics and cooking have in common? They both involve a search for beauty in the world around us, one mathematician says.”

CONNECT A MILLION MINDS, OCTOBER 23, 2014

“*Math Encounters* is a program exploring the numbers behind everything, from flapping birds to space telescopes. This event was all about maps. It might seem simple, but getting a spherical image of the earth onto a flat surface like a map is more tricky than you might think.”

WALL STREET JOURNAL, OCTOBER 19, 2014

“Last week, at a glittering private hall in Manhattan steps from the East River, billionaires and socialites gathered for what one attendee called the “geekiest” event of the season: the *Chaos Ball*, the fundraiser for the National Museum of Mathematics.” (This piece was featured on the front page of the *Wall Street Journal*.)

LIVESCIENCE, OCTOBER 15, 2014

“It’s not every day that a gala event is devoted to the celebration of math, but that’s exactly what happened Tuesday night (Oct. 14), when actor Alan Alda and mathematician Steve Strogatz regaled a crowd of New York’s business elite here at the National Museum of Mathematics’ *Chaos Ball*.”

BLOOMBERG, OCTOBER 15, 2014

“Two blocks north, the ‘Chaos Ball,’ a benefit for the Museum of Mathematics, was being held.”

FOXNY, OCTOBER 13, 2014

“Hundreds of first- and second-graders got a fun free math lesson today at the math museum, courtesy of Oppenheimer Funds.”

CONNECT A MILLION MINDS, OCTOBER 8, 2014

“At MoMath, they can ride a square-wheeled tricycle, they can paint with symmetry patterns, they can turn their own bodies into fractals, and they can experiment and create in our *Family Fridays* program together with their parents.”

RED TRICYCLE, SEPTEMBER 22, 2014

“Filled with more than 30 interactive hands-on exhibits on its two floors, the Museum of Mathematics has achieved the remarkable feat of getting kids excited about numbers.”

USA SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FESTIVAL, SEPTEMBER, 2014

“Get ready to be excited about math with Glen Whitney, Co-Executive Director of The National Museum of Mathematics, as he takes you through mathematical modeling of your own feelings at the inaugural X-STEM Symposium in Washington, D.C.”

MATHEMATICS TEACHING, SEPTEMBER 2014

“As the name museum implies, MoMath is not filled with statues of famous mathematicians, or glass cases containing a dusty abacus. Instead, it is intended to be ‘a kind of playground’ that plays with geometry, art, and algorithms.”

FORBES, SEPTEMBER 5, 2014

“The mathematical method in which the drawings were produced evoke an energy and feel that can be compared to what the renaissance artists did during their time.”

CONNECT A MILLION MINDS, AUGUST 28, 2014

“Students gathered at the Museum of Math in New York City for a special sneak peek at the robotic prototypes behind an upcoming exhibit. They also got a lesson in how the robots work from someone who builds and programs them.”

DNAinfo NEW YORK, AUGUST 18, 2014

“‘There is no intrinsic difference in math ability in girls and boys and, in fact, there’s evidence that girls are more attentive and diligent students,’ [said] Glen Whitney, founder of Flatiron’s Museum of Math, which is highlighting the accomplishments of women in the field with… ’Solve for XX: A Celebration of Women in Mathematics.’”

THE JOURNAL NEWS, AUGUST 15, 2014

“See what’s behind the Pi-shaped doorknob at the Museum of Math on East 26th Street in Manhattan with education director Ben Levitt.”

HOW Magazine, AUGUST 12, 2014

Blue Telescope, the interactive exhibit agency, was given a 2014 HOW Interactive Design Award for Outstanding Achievement for the exhibit Human Tree at the National Museum of Mathematics.

GIZMODO, JULY 19, 2014

“Dr. McLurkin’s bots are the size of a small flower pot. … Individually, each bot only ‘knows’ where it is in relation to its nearest colleague, but give six of those critters an algorithm to work within, and you’ll see some complex, coordinated bot behavior.”

THE HUFFINGTON POST, JULY 18, 2014

“Want a summer memory? that involves math? How about using chocolate? Math + Chocolate was a winning combination that Friday at MoMath. The program’s largest turnout visited the museum that night, requiring overflow seating to be added to an already-full event.”

ENGADGET, JULY 17, 2014

“Roboticist-in-residence James McLurkin offered an advanced preview of his Robot Swarm at NYC’s Museum of Mathematics this week. The presentation detailed the background and programming concepts of these sensor- and speaker-laden bots — which have a habit of spitting out 8-bit-style tunes while they work.”

WNYC NEWS, JUNE 15, 2014

“The spherical images come from a technique for drawing that the twins discovered and have explored for about 10 years. It includes the invention of a concave easel; a loony-looking device that serves as a tool to capture with pen or brushstrokes what the human eye really sees.”

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, JUNE 13, 2014

“Save solving complex equations for another night, mathletes. The National Museum of Mathematics’ adults-only after-hours mixer on Wednesday, dubbed *Unbounded*, is about getting cell numbers.”

LIVESCIENCE, JUNE 6, 2014

“Twin brothers Ryan and Trevor Oakes have an unusual talent. The siblings have developed a method for creating lifelike, perceptual drawings on a curved canvas.”

SCIENCE NEWS, MAY 31, 2014

“Few equations confront a visitor to the National Museum of Mathematics on Manhattan’s East 26th Street. Instead, museumgoers find children — and adults — riding the Coaster Roller, a small platform that offers a surprisingly smooth ride over acorn-shaped balls.”

PSFK, MAY 30, 2014

“Twin artists, Ryan and Trevor Oakes, have combined their knowledge of the human eye with art to offer a new perspective on visual representation.”

THE HUFFINGTON POST, MAY 29, 2014

“Ryan and Trevor Oakes are identical twins who, together, explore the logic of art, the beauty of mathematics and the spaces where these two arenas of knowledge become inextricably intertwined.”

GIZMODO, MAY 28, 2014

“If you walk through the square in front of the Flatiron Building this week, you’ll see an odd sight: Someone with their head strapped into what looks like some sort of medieval brain control device. It’s actually just Trevor or Ryan Oakes, artists (and twins) who invented a drawing tool that applies simple mathematics to produce a perfectly scaled drawing.”

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, MAY 23, 2014

“All the works invite the viewer to move around and take them in from different angles and distances.”

ANIMAL NEW YORK, MAY 22, 2014

“Artists Ryan & Trevor Oakes use their concave easel before sketching the Flatiron Building.”

AMERICAN THINKER, MAY 13, 2014

“Marvelous curvilinear artwork and provocative line-drawings, ink, paint, and jolly sculptures of cunning pipe-cleaner imagination.”

WALL STREET JOURNAL, MAY 5, 2014

“It might seem geeky to some people, but Saul Rosenthal really loves a good math problem.”

LIVESCIENCE, APRIL 18, 2014

“Most people probably don’t think of learning calculus as fun. But a new interactive exhibit here at the Museum of Math (MoMath) lets visitors learn about the principles of motion in an interactive way, by walking or running on a special motion-sensing track.”

WOMAN AROUND TOWN, APRIL 10, 2014

“I never liked math; I’ve never been good at math, but I love New York’s year-old National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath). I’ve been there twice…”

METRO, APRIL 8, 2014

“This is yet another way in which Connect a Million Minds is showing kids that science, technology, engineering and math can be fun by introducing them to exciting, informal learning opportunities outside the classroom.”

CRAIN'S, MARCH 26, 2014

“The year-old Museum of Mathematics is drawing more visitors than expected—and they’re not just kids.”

NEW YORK TIMES, MARCH 19, 2014

“Like theater producers who tinker with a new play on the road before raising the curtain on Broadway, the four founders of the National Museum of Mathematics staged a traveling exhibition before opening in New York in 2012. The nationwide tour enabled the founders to refine exhibits and brainstorm with experienced executives at science centers.”

NY1 NEWS, MARCH 18, 2014

“If you’re preparing to fill out an NCAA tournament bracket, you may want to brush up on your math skills as well.”

THE ATLANTIC, MARCH 18, 2014

“Chartier’s formula, an evolving code-based matrix that ranks each of the 68 tournament teams, has helped several Davidson students score in the 96th percentile (or higher) in ESPN’s bracket challenge.”

USA TODAY, MARCH 17, 2014

“Even without a high-end computer simulator, Chartier’s tournament tips can help the everyday fan turn years of March ineptitude into a run at perfection – and maybe $1 billion, a prize Quicken Loans and Warren Buffett are offering for a flawless bracket.”

NICKMOM, MARCH 17, 2014

“Andrea was intimidated by math and fears Odin will follow in her footsteps, so she visits MoMath to learn more about the fun side of math.”

NEW YORK TIMES, MARCH 15, 2014

“Typically, when the worlds of math and sports collide, name calling, noogies and maybe even a wedgie follow. But that was not the case Thursday night at the National Museum of Mathematics in Manhattan, where 50 would-be mathematicians huddled in a windowless classroom to harness the power of linear algebra and complex computer codes to predict the outcome of each of the 67 games in the N.C.A.A. men’s basketball tournament.”

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, MARCH 14, 2014

“Maybe you met pi in grade school. Maybe you didn’t appreciate it. The magical, practical number that goes on forever and forever is celebrated on the day that matches its first digits: 3/14.”

BLOOMBERG, MARCH 14, 2014

“Davidson College Associate Professor Tim Chartier discusses using math to determine NCAA brackets on Bloomberg Television’s Bloomberg Surveillance.’”

TIME OUT NY, MARCH 13, 2014

“If you want to win your office pool, picking teams based on the sound of their names isn’t going to cut it anymore. Lucky for you, mathematician and Davidson College professor Tim Chartier is hosting a workshop on harnessing the power of numbers to improve your odds.”

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN (BLOGS), MARCH 13, 2014

“Some people call Ken Golden the ‘Indiana Jones’ of mathematics due to his frequent excursions to remote, harsh parts of the world. Golden, a professor of mathematics at the University of Utah, studies the dynamics of sea ice, and he regularly goes out into the field to test his hypotheses.”

NEW YORK POST, MARCH 10, 2014

“Davidson College math professor Tim Chartier told The Post that he and his students have been working on algorithms to assist fans — and he’ll be sharing their knowledge on digits and dunks at the National Museum of Math on East 26th Street in Manhattan on Thursday.”

LIVESCIENCE, MARCH 7, 2014

“‘We’re using pretty sophisticated mathematics to better understand the role of sea ice in the climate system, and, ultimately, to improve our projections of climate change,’ Golden said in a talk Wednesday (March 6) at the National Museum of Mathematics.”

BLOOMBERG TV, FEBRUARY 7, 2014

“LinkedIn Executive Director Dan Roth and the Museum of Mathematics Executive Director and Founder Glen Whitney discuss the importance of math and training the workforce of the future. They speak on Bloomberg Television’s ‘Street Smart.’”

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, DECEMBER 11, 2013

“ ‘That’s what we’re all about,’ [MoMath Co-Executive Director Glen] Whitney says, ‘Showing that math is fun, and that you can play with it.’ “

POPULAR MECHANICS, DECEMBER 6, 2013

“Last night some 2000 New Yorkers descended on the iconic Flatiron building to help the Museum of Math celebrate the wedge-shaped structure’s conformation to the Pythagorean theorem. About 450 geometry enthusiasts held fluorescent glow sticks along the perimeter of the skyscraper while an energetic crowd—often sporting triangle-themed paraphernalia—raised a few cheers for geometry.”

CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER, DECEMBER 6, 2013

“It was also a chance for math fans—yes, they’re out there—to show off their stripes. Approximately 2,000 people attended, sporting right-triangle-themed T-shirts, hats, face paint, and even tattoos. ‘There’s a social barrier out there that tells people it’s not okay to like math,’ says co-executive director Glen Whitney. ‘We want to get over that barrier.’ “

BUSINESS INSIDER, DECEMBER 6, 2013

“Events like this are a delightful way for all kinds of people to participate in the elegance and beauty of mathematics. The Pythagorean Theorem is a core concept in our understanding of geometry, and in many ways, it defines the shape of our world. It was exciting to see this fundamental mathematical principle brought to life in a fun and interactive way.”

LOS ANGELES TIMES, DECEMBER 5, 2013

“ ‘That is the part that has me the more excited than anything — that there are over 2,000 people who think math is cool,’ said [MoMath Co-Executive Director Cindy] Lawrence.”

TIME, DECEMBER 5, 2013

“MoMath, which will celebrate its first birthday on Dec. 15, has invited math fans to gather in Manhattan’s Flatiron district to demonstrate that the proportions of the iconic Flatiron Building roughly form a right triangle.”

KUVO COMMUNITY CULTURE MUSIC, OCTOBER 15, 2013

“The nation suffers a shortage of college graduates who are mathematically and technically competent,” reminds Cindy Lawrence, co-founder and co-executive director of MoMath. “If we can get kids excited about mathematics, we can increase that pipeline to fill these positions in companies around the country.”

CRAIN'S NEW YORK BUSINESS, OCTOBER 10, 2013

The event honored Jim Simons and raised over one million dollars.

CBS NEWS, SEPTEMBER 4, 2013

“When educators talk about avoiding the summer slide, they usually mention reading. Keeping math skills fresh can be a little bit more challenging… unless you can visit the National Museum of Mathematics.”

THE NEW YORK TIMES, AUGUST 29, 2013

” ‘But this is who we are,’ Ms. Lawrence said. “We’re not apologizing. We’re saying math is cool and we’re going to show you it’s cool.’ “

MAA FOCUS, AUGUST 1, 2013

“A visitor who regards mathematics as a dull domain of chalkboards and calculators will see the colors and shapes and dynamism of MoMath and have his eyes opened to the unexpected expanse of the mathematical umbrella, the museum creators hope. He may even be inspired to, say, plug ‘Gaussian curvature’ into a search engine and delve on his own into differential geometry.”

MAA FOCUS, AUGUST 1, 2013

“With each presented problem, the room fell silent except for the soft chatter of verbal calculation and scratching of pencils.”

THE NEW YORK TIMES, JULY 29, 2013

“Recreational mathematics may sound like a contradiction in terms, but this three-day conference promises some serious number play.”

EDUCATION WEEK, JUNE 4, 2013

” ‘Changing perceptions is our goal,’ said Cindy Lawrence, the co-executive director of MoMath, as it’s quickly become known. ‘From the minute people walk in the door, we try to highlight the creative side of math: that it’s colorful, it’s beautiful, it’s exploratory, fun and engaging. None of these are words people typically associate with math.’ “

SPEAK UP, MAY 16, 2013

” ‘Math is a topic for everybody,’ says Glen Whitney, founder and co-executive director of ‘MoMath.’ “

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN (ROOTS OF UNITY), MAY 13, 2013

“[Scott] Goldthorp, a teacher at Rosa International Middle School in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, was the grand prize winner of the inaugural Rosenthal Prize for innovation in math teaching, sponsored by the recently opened Museum of Mathematics and awarded during MoMath’s opening week last December.”

NBC 4 NEW YORK, MAY 8, 2013

“The Museum of Mathematics bills itself as ‘the coolest thing that ever happened to math.’ And it seemed that Joseph agreed.”

NEW YORK MAGAZINE, MARCH 27, 2013

“If the mention of algebra or geometry puts your kids in power-save mode, they’re not associating math with laser beams, memory games, and riding a square-wheeled tricycle.”

THE TAKEAWAY, MARCH 7, 2013

“And that’s the deal: change the messaging around math, and maybe you get better students and, after that, better, more science- and math-fluent adults.”

CBS NEWS, MARCH 3, 2013

“The message is simple: math is everywhere; a part of our daily lives, from the time you get out of bed [...], to putting on your glasses [...], to knotting your bow tie [...]. And that’s the point – math may not be as easy as pi, but it isn’t so square, either.”

BLOOMBERG, FEBRUARY 22, 2013

“It’s great to have places like this, where they can touch and feel [math].”

NEWSMAKERS, JANUARY 28, 2013

“ ‘Math touches on so many things in the world around us: there’s a connection between mathematics and music, connection with engineering, between mathematics and business, between mathematics and art,’ said Whitney. ‘And we want to show all those parts of mathematics here.’ ”

FLATIRON 23RD STREET PARTNERSHIP, JANUARY 23, 2013

“Q. Branch of mathematics that best defines the Flatiron district:

Trigonometry because that’s how we can measure the famous angle of the Flatiron Building.”

BUSINESS INSIDER, DECEMBER 24, 2012

“It’s really rare that you see a museum that gets it right for every age, but I learned a ton of new things at MoMath.”

TIME OUT NEW YORK KIDS, DECEMBER 19, 2012

“I think it’s cool. In school, I’m like, ugh math, but now I’m here and I think math is awesome. It’s all fun and awesome but you learn something.”

THE NEW YORK TIMES, DECEMBER 17, 2012

“ ‘We want to send a message that it’s cool to love math,’ says Mr. Whitney, and the museum succeeds brilliantly.”

THE NORTH JERSEY RECORD, DECEMBER 16, 2012

“Every game, shape, design and sculpture has a mathematic[al] foundation and a math lesson to teach. But those lessons are taught in a way that most would never expect.”

TIME OUT NEW YORK KIDS, DECEMBER 14, 2012

“If you can make an association between math and something fun and exciting, you’re setting kids up for a whole new shift in thinking about what math is.”

USA TODAY, DECEMBER 13, 2012

“MoMath will not be filled with dusty artifacts — no scratchings from Euclid or ancient adding machines. Instead, it’s intended to [serve] as ‘a kind of playground’ and a ‘work of theater’ that plays with geometry, art and algorithms.”

WABC, DECEMBER 13, 2012

“ ‘We have very few numbers in the museum,’ Whitney said. So instead of numbers expect a hands on experience.”

SCIENCE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2012

“There are beautiful mysteries in mathematics that are waiting to be explored.”

THE NEW YORK TIMES, DECEMBER 13, 2012

“It is exhilarating to see math so exuberantly celebrated.”

DNAINFO, DECEMBER 13, 2012

“Math is all around us. It’s everywhere we look.”

CRAIN'S NEW YORK, DECEMBER 13, 2012

“People with all levels of understanding will be able to find the exhibits surprising and interesting.”

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, DECEMBER 12, 2012

“It’s a museum designed to surprise.”

NEWSDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2012

“Whitney is scheduled to throw open the doors to his long-awaited Museum of Mathematics in Manhattan, welcoming children [sure] to be… astonished by more than 30 interactive exhibits over two floors at 11 E. 26th St. in midtown.”

THE NEW YORK TIMES, DECEMBER 10, 2012

“There is no doubt that Lewis Caroll, an Oxford mathematician, would have exulted in the opening of a museum that combines a love of mathematics with the kind of whimsy and magic he created in *Alice in Wonderland*.”

NEW SCIENTIST, DECEMBER 10, 2012

“Our goal is to get kids excited, and show them the math they’re doing in school is just one tree in a whole huge forest.”

NEW YORK MAGAZINE, DECEMBER 9, 2012

“We want to show you that math isn’t just straight lines and right angles.”

TIME OUT NEW YORK KIDS, NOVEMBER 28, 2012

“What we saw augurs one of the most important — and impressive — museums for kids in the city ever.”