Author Archives: MoMath

Hyperbolas from Light Fixtures

When you see light from a fixture shining against a wall, you often observe some very clear, sharp curves as the boundaries between light and dark areas. Those curves are […]

Tours are Modular

A big bag of mathematical tricks will help create your own tours in virtually any context.

Dream a Theme

✹ You want the tour to gel into an experience for the participants. ✹ Distills and reinforces a “take-home message”. ✹ Helps to filter the myriad of ideas that you […]

Use the Built Environment

✷ Shows math is useful and that people use it to make our world a better place. ✷ Mathematical ideas are used so often for and in decoration and adornment. […]

Use the Natural Environment

❅ Math is intrinsic to our world ❅ That’s shown best by “finding” the math in nature ❅ Great potential for the “Aha!” effect ❅ Shows math as relevant and […]

The Value of Props

Nothing creates a “magic moment” like pulling out the unusual or offbeat, yet highly appropriate, prop from your bag.

Know Your Territory

Creating a math tour requires familiarity at a significant level of detail with the route you will be covering.

Finding the Hidden Math

This blog of the National Museum of Mathematics not only records highlights of many of the math tours given by the Museum over the years, but but includes ideas and […]