Mobile and Wireless: Inside IBM's Math App for the iPad

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2012-04-06 Print this article Print


Pictured here is a massive 50-foot timeline on the history of math from IBM's Mathematica exhibit at the 1964 World's Fair in New York City. The exhibit has been digitally reinvented as an interactive experience for IBM's free iPad app—Minds of Modern Mathematics.
To celebrate the history of math and its impact on the world, IBM (NYSE: IBM) has released Minds of Modern Mathematics, a new iPad app. The new app reimagines a classic 50-foot infographic on the history of math created by the husband-and-wife design team of Charles and Ray Eames and displayed at the 1964 World's Fair in New York City.┬áThe app, which can be downloaded from the iPad App Store, is an interactive experience for students, teachers and tech fans that helps illustrate how mathematics has advanced art, science, music and architecture. It reinvents the massive timeline on the history of math from 1000 AD to 1960, which was used as part of "Mathematica: A World of Numbers... and Beyond "—IBM's milestone 1964 World's Fair exhibit. Users can click through more than 500 biographies, milestones and images of artifacts culled from the Mathematica exhibit, as well as a high-resolution image of the original timeline poster. The app also includes the "IBM Mathematics Peep Show," a series of playful, two-minute animated films by Charles and Ray Eames that offer lessons on mathematical concepts, from exponents to the way the ancient Greeks measured the Earth. Here, eWEEK captures some images from the IBM math app.
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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