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Mathematics Awareness Month - April 2016

MAM 2016 posterEach year in April the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics sponsors Mathematics Awareness Month (MAM) to recognize the importance of mathematics through a series of essays and an accompanying poster that highlight mathematical developments and applications in a particular area.

This year's theme is The Future of Prediction. Yogi Berra, paraphrasing Niels Bohr, said "It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future." Throughout Mathematics Awareness Month 2016, we will explore how mathematics and statistics are the future of prediction, providing insights and driving innovation.

See the 2016 theme announcement, essay and poster; links to related resources; and submit your school's activity to celebrate Mathematics Awareness Month. And be sure to follow @MathAware on Twitter and MAM Facebook.

This year's poster is brought to you by the American Statistical Association, to order copies click here.

AMS Mathematics Awareness Month-related resources:

AMS Books

 Chaotic Elections! A Mathematician Looks at Voting

See more books on Applied Mathematics.

Articles in Notices of the AMS

Mathematical Moments

Feature Column

  • Feature Column, a series of essays including many on how using math to understand the future in areas such as ocean tides, seizures, climate change, and more. Including: “More Precious than Gold?” by Joe Malkevitch.

Math in the Media

  • Math in the Media, a survey of math and mathematicians in the news, such as "Election Prediction," "Baseball Prediction Takes a Geeky Turn," and more.

AMS Posters

Analyzing Data Describing the Oceans Predicting Climate Poster

The Joint Policy Board for Mathematics is an organization of the American Mathematical Society (AMS), the American Statistical Association (ASA), the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).

Mathematics departments in institutions around the U.S. use Mathematics Awareness Month as an opportunity to promote awareness of mathematics --its applications and beauty--by offering special lectures, events, contests, and more. See themes of the current and past years, download the posters, read the theme essays by specialists in each field, use the suggested resources, get ideas on how to publicize activities, and link to the websites.

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