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I'm a Mathematics & Theoretical Physics undergrad, so I though I'd share what got me hooked on Maths. As a teenager it first dawned on me that Maths wasn't the "dry", boring subject taught at school when, on my own at home, I first started playing around with nD geometry and generalised Euler's Theorem to nD by noticing the patterns. The thing that really made me fall for Maths though was reading about the Riemann Hypothesis in New Scientist when I was 16. [It's hard to believe, but none of the Maths teachers I'd had had even mentioned primes, and I was hooked.

The thing I'd put in MoMath is the Mandelbrot set across a HUGE wall using a projector that gradually zoomed in and in. After a set time it could start again but zoom in on a different area. You could include higher-order Mandelbrot sets and other infinite fractals. The beauty of fractals is their beauty appeals to everyone [Importantly including NON-Mathematicians!] and gets an important point across: "MATHS IS BEAUTIFUL!"; in the blink of an eye. It would show clearly & quickly both the richness & beauty that lies within Mathematics and that it's NOT the dead, dull, dry subject many people think.

I would suggest screening a range of pre-recorded maths "lectures", catering for the diverse spectrum of Mathematical-understanding of the visitors.

MoMath, if done right, seems like a brilliant idea. Good luck with the project, and I wish you every success! :-)

Edit regarding Daniel's comment below:

Sorry - I didn't realise fractals (and specifically the Mandelbrot set) had already been suggested (there's a lot of posts on this thread). Had the idea of a zooming wall projection already been suggested then? Also I'm sorry if it seems like a rant to you; it definitely wasn't intended as such. Please feel free to edit my post (or request such), rather than down-vote. If you want it deleted I'll happily do so. Thanks for the info and feedback. :-)

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I'm a Mathematics & Theoretical Physics undergrad, so I though I'd share what got me hooked on Maths. As a teenager it first dawned on me that Maths wasn't the "dry", boring subject taught at school when, on my own at home, I first started playing around with nD geometry and generalised Euler's Theorem to nD by noticing the patterns. The thing that really made me fall for Maths though was reading about the Riemann Hypothesis in New Scientist when I was 16. [It's hard to believe, but none of the Maths teachers I'd had had even mentioned primes, and I was hooked.

The thing that I'd put in MoMath is the Mandelbrot set across a HUGE wall using a projector that gradually zoomed in and in. After a set time it could start again but zoom in on a different area. You could include higher order higher-order Mandelbrot sets and other infinite fractals. The beauty of fractals is that their beauty appeals to pretty much everyone [Importantly including NON-Mathematicians!] and gets an important point across: "MATHS IS BEAUTIFUL!"; & does so within in the blink of an eye. It would show clearly & quickly both the richness & the beauty that lies within Mathematics and that it's NOT a the dead, dry, dullsubject where everything is boring & already known.

MoMath, if done right, seems like a brilliant idea -- as-long as you deliver it in a language that the general public can understand & relate-to, whilst without "dumbing down" to the extent that maths-enthusiasts are board-out-of-their-minddry subject many people think.

I would suggest screening a range of pre-recorded maths "lectures", catering for the diverse spectrum of Mathematical-understanding of the visitors.

MoMath, if done right, seems like a brilliant idea. Good luck with the project, and I wish you every success! :-)

Edit regarding Daniel's comment below:

Sorry - I didn't realise fractals (and specifically the Mandelbrot set) had already been suggested (there's a lot of posts on this thread). Had the idea of a zooming wall projection already been suggested then? Also I'm sorry if it seems like a rant to you; it definitely wasn't intended as such. Please feel free to edit my post (or request such), rather than down-vote. If you want it deleted I'll happily do so. Thanks for the info and feedback. :-)

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I'm a Mathematics & Theoretical Physics undergrad, so I though I'd share what got me hooked on Maths. As a teenager it first dawned on me that Maths wasn't the "dry", boring subject taught at school when, on my own at home, I first started playing around with nD geometry and generalised Euler's Theorem to nD by noticing the patterns. The thing that really made me fall for Maths though was reading about the Riemann Hypothesis in New Scientist when I was 16. [It's hard to believe, but none of the Maths teachers I'd had had even mentioned primes, and I was hooked(and still am btw).].

The thing though that I'd put in MoMath is the Mandelbrot set across a HUGE wall using a projector that gradually zoomed in and in. After a set time it could start again but zoom in on a different area. You could include higher order Mandelbrot sets and other infinite fractals. The beauty of fractals is that their beauty appeals to pretty much everyone [Importantly including NON-Mathematicians!] and gets an important point across: "MATHS IS BEAUTIFUL!"; & does so within the blink of an eye. It would show clearly & quickly both the richness & the beauty that lies within Mathematics and that it's NOT a dead, dry, dull subject where everything is boring & already known. Maths is an exciting adventure & constantly evolving, with frontiers constantly pushed forward & new ground ready to be explored.It's a dynamic, living, breathing organism that's constantly growing with each new discovery. After-all, Fractal Geometry & Chaos Theory themselves are relatively young fields, due to their reliance on computing to map such large complex sets and handle non-linear equations.

The other thing I think is important, is to highlight how Maths not only underpins all of Science but also Reality itself. Some even argue that Reality itself emerges from Maths (as in Theories of Everything like the Mathematical Universe Hypothesis etc). Maths isn't just fundamental to understanding Reality it may BE Reality! You could say that we're not just made of stardust [as Astrophysicists love to say] but MATHS - literally! It's the (fundamental) stuff that not only "WE" but "EVERYTHING THAT IS" is made from. Now that's something that really would make kids and adults alike rethink their take on Maths!

Edit regarding the Daniel's comment below:

Sorry - I didn't realise fractals (and specifically the Mandelbrot set) had already been suggested (there's a lot of answers posted posts on this questions)thread). Had the idea of a zooming wall projection already been suggested then? Also I'm sorry if it seems like a rant to you; it definitely wasn't intended to beas such. Please feel free to delete or edit my post (or request such), rather than down-vote. If you want it deleted I'll happily do so. Thanks for the info and feedbackthough. :-)

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