Newsletter 2014/2

Jun. 30, 2014

Newsletter for the Math Communication Network, a project initiated by IMAGINARY aimed to professionals of math outreach. Learn more about it on the project website.



In this Newsletter:
  • Publications
  • Exhibitions
  • Films
  • Code of Conduct
  • Network services

Remember that you can send us any news you may want to share with the community to


Publications XlaTangente (Italy)

Read as “per la tangente” (off at a tangent), this is an Italian journal about math popularizaton, available online. It is a publication by the Centro “matematita” in Italy, and it releases four issues a year. All articles are in Italian, and some are translated into English thanks to the Mathematics in Europe translation project. The editors of XlaTangente joined the Mathematics Communication Network.

Plus Magazine (UK)

Plus is an internet magazine which aims to introduce readers to the beauty and the practical applications of mathematics. Plus provides articles and podcasts on any aspect of mathematics, covering topics as diverse as art, medicine, cosmology and sport, a news section, showing how recent news stories were often based on some underlying piece of maths that never made it to the newspapers, reviews of popular maths books, and puzzles for you to sharpen your wits. The editors of Plus Magazine have joined the Mathematics Communication Network.

Recreational Mathematics Magazine (Portugal)

The Recreational Mathematics Magazine is published by the Ludus Association with the support of the Interuniversity Centre for the History of Science and Technology. The journal is electronic and semiannual, and focuses on results that provide amusing, witty but nonetheless original and scientifically profound mathematical nuggets. The issues are published in the exact moments of the equinox. It’s a magazine for mathematicians, and other mathematics lovers, who enjoy imaginative ideas, non-standard approaches, and surprising procedures.

This is a new magazine from the project Ludus Opuscula. Check also its sister publications Board Game Studies Journal and Jornal das primeiras matemáticas (in Portuguese).

Exhibitions MaTeinItaly (Italy)

An exhibition that will guide you on a tour of mathematics and show you that mathematics is everywhere. A journey that will surprise and amuse you, like being the main character in a science-fiction novel, because, like nature, our future is being written in mathematical characters.

The exhibition MaTeinItaly is organised by the Centro “Matematita” of the  University of Milan and by the Centro PRISTEM of the Università Bocconi of Milan. From September 16 to November 23 2014, at the Triennale di Milano, (Milan, Italy).

Illustrating Geometry Art Exhibition (USA)

An exhibition featuring the artwork of Saul Schleimer and Henry Segerman. Saul Schleimer is a Reader at the Mathematics Institute at the University of Warwick. His interests include geometric topology, combinatorial group theory, and computation. He is also especially interested in the exposition, both written and graphical, of ideas from these fields. Henry Segerman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Oklahoma State University. His mathematical research is in three-dimensional geometry and topology; concepts from those areas often appear in his artistic work. Other interests include procedural generation, self reference, ambigrams, and puzzles.

From June 19 to August 1, 2014, at the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, Stony Brook University (New York, USA).

Films This is Mathematics

Maths goes far beyond numbers and equations, maths is ideas!  “This is Mathematics” is a TV film series in 13 episodes by Rogério Martins, presented by the Portuguese Mathematics Society. The English version is supported by Munich RE and organized by and the Raising Public Awareness (RPA) Committee of the European Mathematical Society (EMS). will present each second Friday a new episode. Board members of the RPA Commitee have joined the Mathematics Communication Network.

Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct will be a declaration of principles and good practices in mathematics outreach. As a first step we will work on “copyright, licenses and a code of conduct” connected to mathematics exhibits for museums and exhibitions. It relates to questions as: “Can others replicate my exhibit? Do I own an exhibit idea? How can I share exhibits? etc.”. The idea to prepare such a Code of Conduct came up in collaboration between IMAGINARY and Math Adventureland Dresden. Together with Dr. Anne Lauber-Rönsberg, an expert in intellectual property and media law from the Technical University Dresden, we are working on a first draft.

We need your support for this project:

- Are you interested in collaborating, i. e. actively developing a first proposal of the Code of Conduct?

- Please share any questions or experiences you have in this field with us - to be included in the Code of Conduct. What legal problems are you dealing with? Did you face any issues replicating or sharing exhibits?

It is planned to discuss a first draft of the Code of Conduct at the MATRIX Conference in September 18 to 20 in Dresden (Germany).


Network services
  • Share your news for the next newsletter. The idea of this newsletter is to share news from our partners. Please let us know about any new activities, events, exhibitions, publications, conferences, ideas you would like to share with the Mathematics Communication Network community.

There is an open document to collect ideas and suggestions. Feel free to add your thoughts about the project.

For any issues about the Network, you can email to or Daniel Ramos at


IMAGINARY is a project by the Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach and supported by the Klaus Tschira Stiftung.

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