What month is thought of as “Mathematics Awareness Month”?
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Mathematics Awareness Month occurs every April under the auspices of the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics (JPBM). This organization is composed of the Mathematical Association of America, the American Mathematical Society, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and the American Statistical Association. It was proclaimed in 1986 by then-President Ronald Reagan for a week, and expanded to a full month in 1999. Originally, the week was celebrated nationally by such organizations as the Smithsonian Institution. More recently, the activities became local and regional, with emphasis on the importance, value, and even the beauty of mathematics. In addition, each year, there is a certain mathematical theme to the celebration. For example, in 2011 the theme was “Unraveling Complex Systems,” emphasizing such entities as power grids, transportation systems, and the Internet to mathematical models of environment, such as flocks of birds and schools of fish. To find the MAM’s Website, log on to http://www.mathaware.org/index.html.