A couple of days ago, I highlighted an article in Popular Science that suggested a number of great sites in the US that nerds might like to visit. I recently heard of a new one that just opened.
The lowest grade I got in high school was a “D” in trigonometry. Math frightens and confuses me.
So I’m probably not a top candidate to visit the newly opened Museum of Mathematics in Manhattan.
But, then again, the museum is actually designed partly for guys like I am who freeze when the words “trig” or “geometry” or—god forbid—“calculus” come up in conversation. The Museum of Mathematics is on East 26th Street in the Flatiron District, and it was founded by—get this—a former hedge fund manager. I’m sure if I’d been better at math, I could have been a hedge fund manager, and I’d be driving a much nicer car than I do now.
Anyway, this is the country’s only museum dedicated to the science of numbers, and there are plenty of hands-on displays, including ones that feature—and here I cringe—word problems. But I do want to visit, if only so I can take on the MIT Museum in Boston that argues the slide rule is the world’s most important instrument.