RenTech Vet Set To Open Math Museum

Dec 14 2012 | 10:23am ET

Former Renaissance Technologies analyst Glen Whitney is set to unveil New York City's newest museum tomorrow.

And, as might be expected from a RenTech vet and mathematical logic Ph.D., Whitney's museum is dedicated to math. His National Museum of Mathematics—MoMath for short—opens its doors on Madison Square Park tomorrow. The 19,000-square-foot space features a variety of interactive displays designed to interest young people in the subject, including, at its heart, what Whitney calls the "Mathenaeum."

"We love to build exhibits where we don't know what people are going to find," Whitney told The Wall Street Journal. "The fact that people are coming and discovering new things and contributing to our knowledge of mathematics—that's the biggest form of success."

Whitney, who left RenTech after 11 years in 2008 to found MoMath, raised $22 million for the museum, which cost $15 million to build. He said donors "who owe at least part of their success to mathematics" were particularly receptive.

He said he hopes to attract 60,000 people a year to the museum.

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