Patterns surround us in nature. They'll tell you how things work on our planet, if you know where to look to find them.
Out the window, through a microscope, or in the mirror—patterns surround us. They form the veins of a leaf, the spiral of a nautilus, and the spots on a giraffe. Patterns also inspire us as we create or build things: some arrangements just … feel right. Our key to unlocking these patterns is math. Math "isn't your thing"? Wait until you see Numbers in Nature.
Numbers in Nature is included in Museum Entry, and requires a free timed-entry ticket available onsite. Learn more about the exhibit below.
Reveal the Patterns
The reveal begins immediately. Pass a display of images from nature, and hidden patterns will emerge. More examples are disclosed to you in a large-screen film. Enter the Mirror Maze to literally step inside a massive pattern: a dizzying, seemingly infinite sea of triangles to navigate and find the secrets inside … including the way out. Complete the journey in an interactive gallery where you'll uncover the patterns in your own body and in centuries of music, art and architecture.
all the patterns around you,
it can be hard to stop.
It's the ultimate "ah ha" moment—an experience of math that is hardly by the numbers.
Maybe you've been in a mirror maze before, but where else could you also be exploring math and science as you laugh and feel your way through a maze? Step up to a mirror and it measures and draws your body's proportions. The "golden ratio" will suddenly seem plain as, well, the nose on your face. Never look at the world the same way again.
Not wanting to overload the visitor, it's more about mathematical concepts than actual hard numbers. Scratch paper and No. 2 pencils are not required. Steve Johnson Chicago Tribune
It aims to make math fun and relevant for kids... A lofty goal, no doubt, but cleverly attained. Chrissy Jones Chicago Parent
The mirror maze is a must. It was incredible and a cool way for people to learn about math in nature. amillieeeee Spokane, Washington
The mirror maze was such a hit for our kids we went through it again and again. FrannyFam5 Fridley, Minnesota