December 30, 2015

MAA 100

The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) came into existence 100 years ago today, at a meeting in Columbus, Ohio. The founding members chose the icosahedron as the symbol for the association.

This stained-glass rendering of the MAA icosahedron is in the lobby of the Edgar H. Vaughn Building, named for the grandfather of James Vaughn, president of the Vaughn Foundation, a major contributor to the 1978 fund to purchase the building to serve as MAA headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The Edgar H. Vaughn Building (left) is one of three adjacent historic buildings that constitute the Dolciani Mathematical Center.

Photos by I. Peterson

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