Museum of Mathematics

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.

“Childhood Math and Reading Skills Really Do Matter”

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.

Using Math to Predict Patient Response

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.

Monkeying Around

A University of Rochester study shows that baboons are able to understand numbers. Experimenters showed the monkeys peanut-filled cups and the monkeys then chose which cup contained more peanuts. Read more about the experiment and its conclusions here.

A Mathematician’s Major League Baseball Projections

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.