Best known for their keen design sense encompassing modern textiles, architecture, furniture and graphics— the team also left their mark in the field of mathematics and computing.
The original Mathematica exhibit was created for the 1964 World Fair. The Henry Ford Museum’s Director of Historical Resources, Marc Greuther, acquired the exhibit in 2015 and has been working tirelessly to bring the exhibit to the museum for visitors to experience.
The size and breadth of Mathematica is more far-reaching than similar exhibitions seen in the past. There are numerous displays, most interactive- that are truly engaging audiences to explore without abandon. The displays encourage active participation.
Walking around, it was easy to see people’s excitement and wonder. At every display there was someone explaining a concept to someone else. It was amazing to see this level of engagement and discussion going on between people that were viewing the exhibit- not employed by the museum.
And that’s just it, the exhibits create a palpable excitement and free-flowing conversation. It also makes math cool, hahahaha.
It is pretty amazing to see mathematical concepts come to life through formal design. Every exhibit- from the “Projective Geometry” exhibit [one of my personal faves]! to the “Topology” was fabricated with a true artfulness. It truly is fascinating to see these concepts transformed into something concrete.
Check out all the photographs of the exhibit, but please- do yourself a favor and head over yourself. In theory, you have plenty of time to visit- it’s a permanent fixture on the Henry Ford scene, but I recommend hitting up this exhibition sooner rather than later- because it will open your eyes to view the world differently, and take you to an entirely different level in creative thinking. And who wants to wait to achieve all that!