Math in our life ....Some Applications

Mathematics expresses itself everywhere, in almost every facet of life - in nature all around us, and in the technologies in our hands. Mathematics is the language of science and engineering - describing our understanding of all that we observe.

The Mathematics Everywhere & Everyday Exhibition explores the many wonders and uses of mathematics in our lives. This exhibition is divided into nine areas focusing on different aspects of mathematics.

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Mathematics has been around since the beginnings of time and it most probably began with counting. Learn the history of mathematics, and get to know some of the greatest mathematical minds and their contributions.

In this section, you are also introduced to some basic mathematical concepts and counting tools – from giant electronic calculators to the abaci of different cultures.

In Counting

Counting various quantities is one of the activities that people engage in from young. However, sometimes we wonder, just how big is one million? See how much space one million saga seeds occupy and be awed by numbers that you can relate to in your daily lives like the number of heartbeats in a typical lifetime. 

Sometimes, numbers can be used to fool people. Some exhibits in this section provide a few examples of well-known mathematical tricks

In Nature

 

1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13... This is the Fibonacci Sequence, where each number is derived from adding the previous two numbers. This sequence of numbers can be found in many natural patterns like in pineapples, sunflowers, nautilus and pine cones.

Our eyes are usually drawn to objects that are symmetrical. Leonardo Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man is often used as a representation of symmetry in the human body. The Soothing Symmetries exhibit anchors this section and explains what symmetry means to science and in mathematics, as well as in everyday life.

In Shapes, Curves & Patterns

Circles, squares and triangles are just a few of the shapes that are familiar to us through our daily lives. Discover the usefulness, beauty and 'cleanness' of the round shape, and learn more about the other shapes that can be found around us.

This section also features the Möbius strip that has several curious properties. 

In Games & Puzzles

Many, if not all puzzles and games require mathematical logic and deduction. This section uses the fun and excitement of various popular games and puzzles, and the exhilaration of solving them, to attract and engage the visitors to realise the mathematics in fun and games.

Highlight

The Odds Are Stacked Against You! explores the odds of various casino games like roulette, blackjack and slot machines. This will set many thinking about their chances of winning in gambling. 
 

In Time & The Heavens

Mathematics was developed to understand the cycles of nature as observed in the seasons. Ancient people understood the need to define time in relation to celestial movements for agricultural, astronomical, astrological and navigational reasons.

This section looks at the mathematics of astronomy, its relationship to the inventions of various cultural-historical calendars, and the division of time into units of hours, minutes and seconds.