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Annual Gifts

MSRI’s annual giving program supports all aspects of the Institute’s mission: Knowledge & Research, K–12 Education, and Public Programs & Initiatives. With your gift, you will become a member of the Archimedes Society. Members of the Archimedes Society receive  a set of greeting cards featuring the mathematician of your donation level, a copy of the biannual Emissary newsletter & recognition in the spring issue, reserved seating at a number of MSRI events, and an invitation to a reception during the annual Joint Mathematics Meeting.

The Museion Society, named after Musaeum, the Hall of the Muses in ancient Alexandria, recognizes our friends who support MSRI with gifts of $5,040 or more. Museion members enjoy all the benefits of the Archimedes Society, and they are invited to three exclusive dinners with lectures in the Bay Area and in New York.

Archimedes Society

$55+ Fibonacci

55 is a Fibonacci Number. Leonardo Pisano Bigollo (1170–1250), known as Fibonacci, was an Italian mathematician, who helped spread the Hindu-Arabic numeral system in Europe. In the Fibonacci sequence of numbers, each number is the sum of the previous two numbers.

$257+ Fermat

257 is a Fermat number and is equal to 2 to the 2 to the 3 plus 1. Pierre de Fermat (1601–1665) was a French lawyer and an amateur mathematician who is best known for his Last Theorem which remained unproven for 358 years and stimulated the development of algebraic number theory.

$882+ Noether

882 are the last three digits of the birth year of Emmy Noether (1882–1935), whose paper on Idealtheorie in Ringbereichen ushered in the beginning of the field of Abstract Algebra which became a dominant theme of 20th Century mathematics and flourishes into the 21st.

$1,729+ Ramanujan

1,729 is the number of Hardy’s taxicab,  which, Ramanujan concluded, is the  smallest number expressible as the sum  of two cubes in two different ways. Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887–1920) was an Indian mathematician who, with almost no formal training in mathematics, made extraordinary contributions to mathematical analysis and number theory.

Museion Society

$5,040+ Plato

Plato (c. 428–c. 348 BCE) suggested  that a suitable number of citizens for  the ideal city would be that number which contained the most numerous and most consecutive subdivisions. He decided on 5,040, a number with 59 divisors (apart from itself). 5,040 citizens can be divided by any number from 1 to 10.

$10,000+ Hypatia

Hypatia of Alexandria (c. 370–415) is considered the first woman to make a substantial contribution to the development of mathematics; she assisted her father Theon of Alexandria in writing his eleven part commentary on Ptolemy's Almagest.

$25,000+ Euclid

Euclid (c. 325–c. 265 BCE) was a Greek mathematician best known for his treatise on geometry, The Elements, which influenced the development of Western mathematics for more than 2,000 years.