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John Bibby

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John Bibby

  1. 1. John Bibby jb43@york.ac.ukOur Aim: to do for mathematics what the National Science Museum does for scienceOur Method: one large iconic centre, plus a nationwide outreach network (partneringwith existing institutions)Key Themes: active engagement, “everyone is a mathematician”, maths is everywhere(science and arts; history, geography, outer and inner space)
  2. 2. Launch: January 2012
  3. 3. FAQs and some provisional answersWhat are you trying to do?We want to change attitudes to mathematics, somaths becomes cool and a “CanDo” subject, notsomething that frightens. We want to improveperceptions, confidence and skills.
  4. 4. How do you intend to do this?Via a national centre and a nationwide networkof “mathetariums” (maths museums).These will do for mathematics whatplanetariums do for the solar system and outerspace - inspire, excite, educate and amaze,providing everything from fun and a great day out to serious understanding andguidance and follow-up for people at all levels of understanding.
  5. 5. What will this network consist of ? (Maybe) one big national centre and 5-10 regional hubs.
  6. 6. Where will the regional hubs be?They will be located so that 90% of the UKpopulation is within 1 hours travel.Some will be in existing institutions – museums,science centres etc.; some will be new-builds; andsome will develop heritage buildings (unusedschools etc.) in development areas. We will be inviting bids from institutions that wish to become a regional hub.
  7. 7. We will be inviting bids from institutions that wish to become a regional hub. Please speak to me or email me if you are interested jb43@york.ac.uk You can sign up for the MWUK newsletter at MathsWorldUK.com/contact/
  8. 8. What’s already out there ? Moebius architecture National Library of Kazakhstan http://www.archdaily.com/33238/national- library-in-astana-kazakhstan-big/
  9. 9. Birmingham ThinkTank
  10. 10. Science Museum - London
  11. 11. “Woolly Thoughts”(mathematical knitting)
  12. 12. Mathematikum ! (Giessen) Prof. Beutelspacher
  13. 13. Maths Museum at Al Quds University Palestine
  14. 14. You have 18 bottles and a 6 x 4 milkcrate.Put an even number of bottles into every row and column.
  15. 15. You have 18 bottles and a 6 x 4 milkcrate.Put an even number of bottles into every row and column.

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