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Kx Systems sponsors exhibit at MoMath

posted 14 Dec 2012, 07:04 by Stephen Taylor   [ updated 14 Dec 2012, 07:08 ]
Kx Systems, the leader in high-performance database and time series analysis, is pleased to announce its sponsorship of an exhibit at the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath), opening on Saturday, December 15 in New York City on the north side of popular Madison Square Park. As one of MoMath’s first sponsors, Kx aims to heighten the mathematical curiosity and interest of students and the community via fun, engaging and interactive media.

Visitors to the Kx exhibit, titled Sixth Sense, will randomly select numbers from a six-by-six array, only to discover that the exhibit has correctly predicted the sum of the numbers beforehand. To engage visitors of all ages and education levels, the exhibit is customized to each visitor’s specific mathematical prowess, which can be selected at any interpretive kiosk. The exhibit was personally hand-picked for the Museum by the late Martin Gardner, a prominent American mathematician and scientific writer. Kx chose to sponsor this exhibit due to its promotion of analytics in an interactive, fun and stimulating format for all audiences.

For nearly two decades, mathematics has been at the core of Kx Systems’ programming languages - q and k - which were created by Kx Co-founder Arthur Whitney. They take mathematical grounding from A Programming Language (APL), invented by Ken Iverson in the 1960s. Mr. Whitney first met Mr. Iverson, a friend of his father’s, as an 11-year old in 1969. In the 1980s, he went on to create the A+ programming language at Morgan Stanley and used it to build their trading systems. These concise, powerful languages have the ability to access very large amounts of data directly and enable trading and analytic programs to reach unparalleled speeds. They remain major drivers in the evolution of quantitative trading as firms have increasingly harnessed the power of complex algorithms to strengthen trading and risk processes.

Said Mr. Whitney: “Kx is proud to celebrate the beauty and fun of mathematics with this exhibit at the nation’s only museum dedicated to the subject. Mathematics is a passion of ours at Kx Systems and central to the financial services world. Our aim is to share this passion with children and the wider community in a way that will stimulate and engage curiosity and demonstrate how exciting mathematics can be.”

The only math museum in the U.S., MoMath strives to fulfill the incredible demand for hands-on math programming with exhibits and programs that will stimulate inquiry, spark curiosity, and reveal the wonders of math to all who visit. The museum will open with over 30 state-of-the art exhibits and activities, sponsored by international organizations such as Kx Systems, Google and OppenheimerFunds. Other notable exhibits include Mathenaeum, a seven-sided, columned geometric sculpture studio, and String Product, a monumental paraboloid within the museum’s central staircase.

MoMath is located at 11 E 26th Street on the north side of the popular Madison Square Park in New York City. The Museum is open daily from 10 am – 5 pm, and tickets can be purchased at