Puzzles, Proofs and Patterns

Come spark your math imagination! Solve puzzles, play games, buid amazing shapes and create fascinating patterns.

Come explore “Puzzles, Proofs, and Patterns: Experience the World of Mathematics” and tickle your brain as you hunt for solutions to a multitude of hands-on games and puzzles. A treat for all ages, this exhibit highlights how math touches everything around us. Experience the power and perception of mathematics, and feel your brain get supercharged!

Developed in collaboration with the University of Arizona’s Department of Mathematics, Puzzles, Proofs, and Patterns features activities that use math to delight, inspire, and challenge. You’ll uncover the history of mathematics through the stories of the men and women who helped shape it’s course.

Math is a powerful tool that enables us to both measure and transform our world. It also enables us to explore new worlds. Using mathematics we’ve described the laws of nature, and that’s why math has been called “the language of the universe.” Many people don’t think of math as a “science” but in fact it has been called the “Queen of the Sciences” because it is the foundation of physics, chemistry, astronomy and all other fields of science.

The exhibit was created in collaboration with David Glickenstein, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the UA Department of Mathematics. Glickenstein received a Career Grant from the National Science Foundation that helped to fund the exhibit.

Once you’ve solved a few of the puzzles you’ll be hooked, and you’ll have to come back for more. It all adds up to a lot of fun for adults and kids alike! 

Are you a puzzle master? Try the exhibit Scavenger Hunt! (PDF)! Print and bring this in with you for an additional challenge