Vintage Men of Modern Mathematics


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A 1960s timeline of the math that shapes our world. From the exhibition Mathematica: A World of Numbers…and Beyond.

Now available from the Eames Office archives, a limited quantity of the original poster Men of Modern Mathematics. Originally produced in 1966, and distributed by IBM to schools. Adapted from the history wall in Eames exhibition, Mathematica: A World of Numbers . . . and Beyond, this poster is an excellent example of the wonderful graphic style of the Eames Office. While the posters do show some marks of time they are in very good condition.

Posters are in original printed format of 48″ x 73.5″ (see photo).  A modern feat of printing in 1966, the poster was too large to print as one long 24″ x 147″ sheet, so the 147″ was separated into two halves, and doubled up on one 48″ x 73.5″ sheet (see image).  The printers had to run that one sheet through the press over 20 times in order to catch all the details!

To put the full timeline together, you will need to follow the horizontal line scored down the middle of the 73.5″ wide sheet, to make two 24″ x 73.5″ pieces, then place them end to end in order to have the complete horizontal 24″ x 147″ timeline.

Weight 3 lbs
Dimensions 48 × 73.5 × .125 in

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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