The National Museum of Mathematics in Manhattan opened this month. Despite its seven-word nomenclature, its management team is forecasting that the new cultural center receives its fair share of attention from the city’s eclectic urbanites.
The elevator-floor index assigns “0” to the lobby and “-1” to the basement. If this does not pique your curiosity to tackle some algebraic word problems, there are other brain-expanding puzzles, math toys, and DVDs of lectures called Math Encounters to pull you in to the mindset.
The museum, which is less than a mile from Penn Station, is the only math-centric museum in North America.
Italy, Spain, and South Korea all have math museums. Germany alone has four. The United States has plenty of science museums, and some of them have a bit of math, such as Ben Franklin's Magic Square puzzles at the Franklin Institute. But why no U.S. museum focused solely on math?