Our Story

Math is beautiful and tremendously powerful in the hands of experts. On the other hand, to novices, math is frustrating and HARD....All those rules to memorize. All those steps to write and keep track of.

In a world where technology has advanced at astonishing rates, the technology of math notation hasn’t really changed in 400 years. The easiest way to write and solve an equation is still by hand, on paper.

For a few years, a group of us—math educators, psychologists, mathematicians, and computer scientists—have been imagining ways to reconstruct the idea of formal notation by using digital technology. We think it’s time to apply modern design approaches to build more intuitive and fluid interfaces for math. We want tools that scaffold experiences of algebraic structure, supports genuine inquiry about how math works, and gives people opportunities to reason flexibly about mathematics.

The Team

David Landy
Founder
David Landy is a professor at Indiana University Bloomington, where he researches the cognitive mechanisms behind mathematical thinking. David wants to see static math expression replaced by interactive ones everywhere to change how we learn, use, and share math.
Erik Weitnauer
Founder
Erik Weitnauer is an entrepreneur and software developer (and German Math Olympics finalist back in 12th grade). He believes in changing the world through education and is developing Graspable Math to help students learn algebra in a more intuitive way.
Erin Ottmar
Founder
Erin Ottmar is a professor of learning sciences, technology, and psychology at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, focussing on math teaching and learning. She has been a teacher herself and is passionate about studying the impact of interactive math notations on children and teachers.
David Brokaw
Developer
Thad Martin
Developer
Christian Achgill
Developer
Dan Manzo
Developer