Mathematica: A World of Numbers…and Beyond


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Charles and Ray Eamese’s interest in making math and sciences more approachable. Printed in 1962 by IBM.

A vintage book from the Eames Office collection. Printed in 1962 by IBM. A beautiful fold out “game board”poster in the middle of the book, when unfolded is 4x the size of the book. 9″ x 9”, softcover booklet, 36 pages.

Mathematica: A World of Numbers…and Beyond, is the title of an exhibit presented by IBM…The exhibit designed for IBM by Charles and Ray Eames is part of a program to stimulate interest in mathematics and the sciences. Mathematics has been called “The Queen of the Sciences” for its intrinsic beauty and beause it has mothered a host of other sciences. Traditionally, its branches have been arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, statistics and logic. It forms the base of many practical sciences such as physics, chemistry, geology and meteorology. It provides the foundation for cultural arts such as music, art and architecture. It is rapidly being adapted as a basic tool by the social sciences and humanities- for studies of population, political trends and economic theories. The progress of mathematics and devices for calculating and computing have been closely interrelated since the invention of the abacus. Today’s modern computers solve in seconds problems that would have taken mathematicians months or years just two decades ago.

Weight 0.5 lbs
Dimensions 9 × 9 × .25 in



International Business Machines Corporation



Charles & Ray Eames


Charles' interest in Exhibition Design goes back to 1939 when he designed the Faculty Exhibition at Cranbrook — and even before if you consider his Set Design work with the Civic Light Opera in St Louis in the 1930s. At the faculty exhibition, Charles included a film he made about the potter Maija Grotell. Ray's father ran a vaudeville theater in Sacramento and understood the value of presentation. Ray certainly hung several painting shows. As they came to develop their ideas, they believed that one of the keys to education was the importance of giving primary experiences. All of their exhibitions do exactly that, as evidenced in the Multiplication Cube, Celestial Mechanics, Probability Machine and other hands on machines and experiments in their exhibition, Mathematica: A World of Numbers...and Beyond

Charles and Ray's attention to detail and far-reaching interest in "how things work" led to exhibitions on science, art, history, design and more. Most well known are Textiles and Ornamental Arts of India; the IBM Pavilion at the 1964 World's Fair; Mathematica: A World of Numbers...and Beyond at the Museum of Science and Industry in Los Angeles; Glimpses of the U.S.A. for the American National Exhibition in Moscow's 1959 U.S.S.R.-U.S.A. exchange; What is Design? at the Musée des Arts Dècoratifs in Paris; and The World of Franklin and Jefferson with the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Since then, The Eames Office has continued to host various exhibitions to honor, maintain, and expand upon the legacy of Charles and Ray's work and ideas.

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