Temporary Exhibits

Coming October 2, 2017!


An Exhibition developed and produced by The Franklin Institute

Math is everywhere in Nature! Look around, the pattern of spots on your dog, the delicate symmetry of butterfly wings, the shape of crystals in salt are all evidence of some of the mathematical properties of nature. “Nature’s Numbers” of The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, provides opportunities for play with math and nature. Divided into our themes, one is especially adapted for younger audiences. Repeating patterns explores patterns found in nature, such as plants or snowflakes. Basic shapes and structures offers infinite opportunities for children to discover and become familiar with shapes found in nature. From arches in rock formations to spirals in seashells, designs in nature relate nature specifically to math. And finally, by asking visitors to solve nature’s puzzles, we create a natural foundation for mathematical inquiry.