MoMath + Wolfram

Funding for this project generously provided by Overdeck Family Foundation

Overview

The History of Mathematics Project, hosted at history-of-mathematics.org, is a virtual gallery highlighting physical artifacts that are important to the history of mathematics. Content is presented in a variety of forms and at a range of levels, making it accessible to children and experts alike. Extensive computational explanations and interactive content make use of the Wolfram Language to explain and demonstrate the mathematics involved. The virtual exhibits and their navigation are entirely built from source notebooks using the Wolfram Language, the Wolfram Knowledgebase and the Wolfram Cloud, allowing the content and website to be easily maintained and extended. The History of Mathematics Project was generously funded by Overdeck Family Foundation for the benefit of the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) in New York City.


Brief Overview

With rich interactive exhibits and immersive Learning Journeys, the History of Mathematics Project enhances mathematics education inside and outside the classroom. With a mix of storytelling, historical context and hands-on exploration, the History of Mathematics Project seeks to pique curiosity and expand the appreciation of the rich history of how our current mathematics came to be.


Virtual Exhibits

The History of Mathematics Project includes nine virtual exhibits, each corresponding to a general topic area of mathematics. Each virtual exhibit gives a brief textual description of the mathematical area and its historical context, together with navigation to other exhibits, clickable thumbnails for individual artifacts within the exhibit and a clickable timeline.


Artifact Pages

The History of Mathematics Project contains around 75 artifacts. Each artifact page contains navigation to other exhibits, date, summary tagline, short description, a main ("hero") image, detailed description, additional image thumbnails (browsable as an image carousel), detailed clickable metadata (dimensions, location, catalog number, …), a clickable timeline, other interactive web resources, additional reading (bibliography) and additional links. Interactive content gives hands-on exploration of artifact content including some basic background and information, while computational explanations give details of the mathematical content of the artifact that make extensive use of the Wolfram Language.


Learning Journeys

History of Mathematics Project Learning Journeys are a series of graphical and interactive historical essays that connect and explore mathematical ideas across cultures and time. They provide an engaging and fun journey through mathematical artifacts for students and other virtual museum visitors who are interested in the mathematical story behind the artifacts. They include interactive content and are primarily visual and descriptive with minimal advanced mathematics, making them ideal for classroom exploration or as a teaching tool. At the same time, they contain images and links to more detailed and mathematical artifact write-ups.

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About Wolfram

Wolfram has been defining the computational future for more than three decades, pioneering the delivery of computational intelligence to consumers, businesses and developers. Founded by Stephen Wolfram in 1987, Wolfram is the creator of Mathematica, Wolfram|Alpha and the Wolfram Language, and is a longtime powerhouse of scientific and technical innovation. Its products have been key to countless inventions and discoveries, as well as the education of several generations of students.

About the National Museum of Mathematics

MoMath, the National Museum of Mathematics, is an award-winning museum that highlights the role of mathematics in illuminating the patterns and structures all around us. Its dynamic exhibits, galleries and programs are designed to stimulate inquiry, spark curiosity and reveal the wonders of mathematics. The museum's innovative exhibits will engage visitors of every age, from 1 to 100!

About Overdeck Family Foundation

Overdeck Family Foundation was founded in 2011 by John and Laura Overdeck with the goal of providing all children the opportunity to unlock their potential. Overdeck Family Foundation focuses exclusively on enhancing education, funding efforts both inside and outside of school in the areas of early childhood, informal STEM education and K–9 programs that include supporting educators and student-centered learning environments.