Briefly summarize your nominated project for someone who is unfamiliar with your work. Think of this as your elevator pitch.
Mathigon is a mathematics outreach website for children and the general public. Rather than teaching fluency in algebra or arithmetic, the focus of Mathigon is to showcase the tremendous power, great beauty and countless applications of mathematics. Mathigon uses interactive eBooks, games, animations and videos to present advanced mathematical ideas in new and innovative ways, making them more fun and more accessible. Topics range from prime numbers to hyperbolic geometry, networks, origami or quantum mechanics.
What inspired you most to follow your dreams/vision while working on this project?
Education is key to solving many of the worlds most serious problems – from inequality to poverty, health and hunger. And mathematics in particular, not only underlies the laws of nature but is also the language of engineering and modern technology – yet it is often regarded as boring, pointless or too difficult. I often encountered this perception while studying mathematics at university. Mathigon is my attempt to show how beautiful, exciting and extraordinarily powerful mathematics is. I want users to be able to experience the magic and fascination of immutable mathematical laws and the joy of exploring and making new discoveries.
When did you first know that this work was going to be something special?
Most of Mathigon’s content started out as a lesson plan, worksheet or presentation. When teaching, it was wonderful to see students – even those who didn’t usually like mathematics – be captivated by the results, be inspired to explore ideas on their own, and be excited when they discover something new or surprising. The digital platform then opened up an entirely new dimension of storytelling: animations, graphics, videos and so much more. Now it is possible to simulate thousands of dice at once or generate fractals in real time.
Sites that are educational, promote education, or provide online curriculum or education services. This category includes educational content for children or adults, resources for educators, and "distance learning" courses. Does not include school sites, see School/University.