IBM Publishes Historical Maths Porn on iPad

By Gary Cutlack on at

IBM's Minds of Modern Mathematics is a digital recreation of the classic 1960s Eames installation, which takes users on a visual journey through the more-interesting-than-it-sounds history of maths.

The app's beautiful charts and scrolling timelines claim to cover the last 1,000 years of the development of maths, so obviously it misses out the very beginnings of our love of counting things, when some chimps first began keeping track of how many bananas they each had using their fingers and, several million years later, their toes.

IBM has also made the mathematical problem of deciding if you can afford to purchase it rather easy, by being free to download. [iTunes via Wired]