Museum of Mathematics Receives $2 Million Grant from Google
NEW YORK, NY, April 6, 2011 – The Museum of Mathematics (momath.org), which will open in the heart of Manhattan in 2012 and will boast dynamic exhibits and programs that will stimulate inquiry, spark curiosity, and reveal the wonders of math, today announced that it has been awarded a $2 million grant from Google. The money will be used to support the development of the state-of-the-art museum as well as to create innovative, hands-on math exhibits that will be shared with museums around the world.
Glen Whitney, founder and executive director of the Museum of Mathematics, said: “We are grateful to Google for this extremely generous gift. Google’s support will not only help us raise the bar of our own museum, but will also help us create a new repertoire of exhibits that will generate enthusiasm about mathematics in science museums throughout the country and around the world.”
Michael T. Jones, chief technology advocate at Google, added: “By transforming the curious learners of today into the innovators of tomorrow, museums perpetuate both creativity and accomplishment. That’s why I am thrilled that Google is supporting beloved science museums including the Museum of Mathematics.”
Google awarded a total of $12 million to seven science museums across the U.S. and England to fund projects such as the construction of new facilities and the development of new exhibitions and curricula. Other recipients include the New York Hall of Science, the Museum of Science & Industry in Chicago, the Museum of Science in Boston, the Exploratorium in San Francisco, the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco and the Friends of Science Museum in London.
About the Museum of Mathematics
Mathematics illuminates the patterns that abound in our world. The Museum of Mathematics (momath.org) strives to enhance the public understanding and perception of mathematics. Set to open in NYC in 2012, the Museum of Mathematics will feature exciting exhibits and programs that will showcase the beauty, creativity, and real world applications of mathematics. The Museum’s activities will lead a broad and diverse audience to understand the evolving, creative, human, and aesthetic nature of mathematics. To further generate interest in mathematics, the Museum created a traveling exhibit, the Math Midway (www.mathmidway.org), and recently launched a monthly public presentation series called Math Encounters (www.mathencounters.org).