New IBM / Eames iPad app is manna for math geeks
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"Much of mathematics has the appeal of magic, and some of it is - pure magic." ~ Charles Eames
Suppose you wanted to know why the Fibonacci Series is actually called the Fibonacci Series.
Or where the foundations for calculus come from.
Or maybe why the first French Pope was accused of wizardry.
Well, there’s an app for that.
Announced today and available through the iTunes App Store, the Minds of Modern Mathematics iPad app tells the story of mathematics and how it has impacted almost every aspect of human progress, from science to music, art, architecture, and culture. It’s a vintage-meets-digital experience for students, teachers tech watchers, design fans and math geeks.
I was lucky enough to see a preview of it back in March and knew it was going to be very, very cool. Now that I've downloaded it and played around a bit, I'm in full-on geek mode. Math, innovative graphic design, history, and cartoons - all in one app?
That's so in my wheelhouse it's scary.
A collaborative project for another important centennial
The free (and ad-free) app was developed by IBM together with the Eames Office -- which works to preserve and extend the legacy of Charles and Ray Eames -- and is debuting during the centennial year of Ray Eames' birth. Composed with the same passion for design and interactive learning that fueled Charles and Ray Eames, the Minds of Modern Mathematics app lets you explore the fascinating history of mathematics on your own terms.
When you download it, you’ll get:
A dynamic, innovative pairing
"Good design is good business." ~ Thomas J. Watson Jr., former Chairman and CEO, IBM
From the earliest days of their collaboration, IBM and Charles and Ray Eames shared a commitment to popularize math and science and make them accessible for all. In 1961, IBM sponsored an exhibition at the California Museum of Science and Industry in Los Angeles, commissioning the Eameses to develop an interactive installation on mathematics. Called Mathematica: A World of Numbers...and Beyond, the 3,000 square foot installation inspired a generation to embrace science, math and technology.
The popularity of the exhibit culminated in a replica being exhibited at the 1964 New York World's Fair.
Moving math forward
With the largest mathematics department in industry, math remains essential to IBM’s technological innovation. As demand grows for real-time analysis of information gathered from sensors in roads and power grids and other sources of "big data," IBM mathematicians are working on everything from the Jeopardy!-winning computer Watson, to astrophysics, weather forecasting and genomics, to using analytics to ease traffic congestion and power consumption in cities around the world.
"Careers of the future will rely heavily on creativity, critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration -- all themes that were core to the ‘Minds of Modern Mathematics’ movement and remain equally relevant today,” said Chid Apte, IBM Director of Analytics Research and Mathematical Sciences. “What better way than a mobile app to reintroduce this timeless classic to inspire a new generation of learners?"
I couldn’t agree more.