The only one of its kind in North America, the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath, for short) opened last December in New York City. MoMath is designed to spark the public’s interest in mathematics and how it applies to the world around us. Interactive exhibits, geared toward 4th-8th graders, highlight the versatility and wonder of math. This museum even offers a traveling “Math Midway, ” which is available for schools to rent! Click here to view a CBS News report on the Museum of Mathematics that showcases a few of the museum’s greatest features. To access MoMath’s official website, click here.
Researchers Stuart Ritchie and Timothy Bates of the University of Edinburgh have linked childhood math and reading skills to social status in adulthood. Students with higher math and reading abilities at age seven were found to have better jobs, higher incomes, and better housing in adulthood than those with poor abilities. Click here to check out the salary increase for students with high math and reading skills.
Dr. Cary Oberije, a postdoctoral researcher in The Netherlands, has found that mathematical models can be used to accurately predict patients’ responses to treatment. Prediction models were used to analyze lung cancer patients’ likelihood of survival and suffering from further complications. Currently, mathematical models are not widely used in medicine, but Dr. Oberije’s findings suggest a bright future for integrating mathematics into medicine. Read more about the study here.
Mathematician Bruce Bukiet of the New Jersey Institute of Technology has once a gain predicted a champion for the 2013 Major League Baseball season. Bukiet provides a mathematical analysis to compute the number of games each team should win during the regular season. In the past, Bukiet has correctly predicted the World Series champion and even the number of games each team will win! Check out his predictions for this year here and learn more about baseball projections using mathematics here.