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2ⁿ, a story of the power of numbers from the 1961 Mathematica exhibit

In 1961, an interactive exhibition called Mathematica: A World of Numbers… and Beyond inaugurated the new science wing at Los Angeles’ California Museum of Science and Industry. Sponsored by IBM, it was an innovative exhibit designed by husband and wife team Charles and Ray Eames, and lucky for us, it included five short animations that explored a handful of math concepts.

This favorite is an old tale set in a palace in India. What happens when you double the grains of wheat on each square of a chessboard? Watch 2ⁿ – “a story about the exponential growth of numbers raised to powers.”

wheat grains on a chessboard
wheat grain pile
calculating wheat grains
Relate reading: Mathematica at

And in TKSST’s collections, don’t miss this iconic Eames film: Powers of Ten.

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