Mathematica: A World of Numbers…and Beyond
is an interactive exhibition originally at the California Museum of Science and Industry. Duplicates have since been made, and they (as well as the original) have been moved to other institutes.
In March, 1961 a new science wing at the California Museum of Science and Industry in Los Angeles opened. IBM
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had been asked by the Museum to make a contribution; IBM in turn asked the famous California designer team of Charles Eames and his wife Ray Eames to come up with a good proposal. The result was that the Eames Office was commissioned by IBM to design an interactive exhibition called Mathematica: a world of numbers...and beyond
This was the first of many exhibitions designed by the Eames Office.
This 3000 square feet (278.7 m²) exhibition stayed at the Museum until January 1998, making it the longest running of any corporate sponsored museum exhibition.http://www.designboom.com/eng/funclub/mathematica.html
Furthermore, it is the only one of the dozens of exhibitions designed by the Eames Office that is still extant. This original Mathematica Exhibition is now owned by and on display at the New York Hall of Science
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In November, 1961 a duplicate was made for Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry
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where it stayed until late 1980. From there it moved to the Museum of Science, Boston
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where it is currently on display.
Another version was made for the IBM Exhibit at the 1964/1965 New York World's Fair. Subsequently it was briefly on display in New York City, and then installed in the Pacific Science Center
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in Seattle where it stayed until 1980; then it was moved to SciTrek
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, the Science and Technology Museum of Atlanta.
"Men of Modern Mathematics" Poster
In 1966, five years after the opening of the Mathematica Exhibit, IBM published a 2 by 12 ft (0.6096 by 3.7 m) timeline poster---titled "Men of Modern Mathematics"--- based on the items displayed on the exhibit's History Wall, and distributed free copies to academics. The timeline covers the period from 1000 AD to approximately 1950 AD, and the poster has biographical and historical items along with numerous pictures showing progress in various areas of science, including architecture. The mathematical items in this chart were prepared by Professor Raymond Redheffer
Raymond Moos Redheffer was an American mathematician. He was the creator of the first electronic games known by us, the knowledge game called Nim...
Mathematics departments around the world have proudly displayed this chart on their walls.
- Mathematica exhibit in Quicktime VR – as it appeared in a 2000 showing at the Art Center College of Design
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in Pasadena, California
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- CMSI Remembering the California Museum of Science & Industry