National math museum opens in NYC

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Posted: Dec 17, 2012 8:50 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — There is wonder in numbers, and the curators of a new museum in New York City hope to prove it.

The National Museum of Mathematics opened to the public Saturday in Manhattan.

The museum is aimed at kids aged 8 to 13, and curators have given the place a playground feel.

The 40 exhibits include a "wall of fire" made up of laser lights that teaches kids about geometry and a square-wheeled tricycle that still manages to produce a smooth ride thanks to a wavy track.

Founder Glen Whitney says the idea is to show people the "fun, beautiful" things done with mathematics.

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The museum occupies the first two floors of an office tower across from Madison Square Park at 11 E. 26th St.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $9 for children. The museum is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.