Upcoming Events at MoMath
Come to Volumes on January 19 to discuss Ethan Canin’s A Doubter’s Almanac. Milo Andret is born with an unusual mind. A lonely child growing up in the woods of northern Michigan in the 1950s, he gives little thought to his own talent. But with his acceptance at U.C. Berkeley he realizes the extent, and the risks, of his singular gifts. California in the ’70s is a seduction, opening Milo’s eyes to the allure of both ambition and indulgence. The research he begins there will make him a legend; the woman he meets there—and the rival he meets alongside her—will haunt him for the rest of his life, for Milo’s brilliance is entwined with a dark need that soon grows to threaten his work, his family, even his existence. Learn more and register at volumes.momath.org.
Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Friday, January 20, 4:30 pm
MoMath brings its popular Volumes book club back once again for its younger audience. For Milo, everything’s a bore. When a tollbooth mysteriously appears in his room, he drives through only because he’s got nothing better to do. But on the other side, things seem different. Milo visits the Island of Conclusions (you get there by jumping), learns about time from a ticking watchdog named Tock, and even embarks on a quest to rescue Rhyme and Reason! Somewhere along the way, Milo realizes something astonishing. Life is far from dull. In fact, it’s exciting beyond his wildest dreams… Pizza, ice cream, and good math reads: what better way to spend an evening? Learn more and register at tweenprimes.momath.org.
“The Joy of SET: The Many Mathematical Dimensions of a Seemingly Simple Card Game”
Friday, January 20, 6:30 pm
Have you ever played the addictive card game SET? Have you ever wondered about the connections between games and mathematics? Join the authors of The Joy of SET as they discuss the mathematics and strategies behind a seemingly simple card game. Beginners welcome! Register now at set.momath.org.
Challenge yourself and others to an exciting night of SET, an addictive card game for players of all ages and abilities! Sign up for the expert track to vie for the title of 2017 MoMath SET champion, or register to play in the casual track for a spirited night of SET games. Everyone will have fun at MoMath playing this high-speed card game that is simple to learn, but has many mathematical dimensions. Learn more and register at set.momath.org.
Unlimited, MoMath’s new mix-n-mingle program just for middle school students, featuring a live-action human SET game!
Sunday, January 22, 6:30 pm
Do you love games and logic puzzles? Does your Rubik’s Cube never leave your side? Have you tried memorizing all 25 prime numbers up to 100? If you’re excited by the idea of a math-filled, parent-free night where you can hang out with old and new friends, enjoy cookies and hot chocolate, and move to the tunes of DJ Emille, then don’t miss this exciting new program just for 6th through 9th graders. The best part? No parents allowed! And this month features an exciting participatory version of “Human Set!” Learn more and register at unlimited.momath.org.
Family Fridays at MoMath sponsored by Two Sigma: “Instant Insanity” with Nick Rauh
Friday, January 27, 6:30 pm
How many ways are there to solve a puzzle? What makes a puzzle easy or hard? What techniques can we use to solve a puzzle? Learn how mathematics can be used to quickly solve a classic puzzle in which there is only one solution among 41,472 possible arrangements! Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.
Math Encounters: “Contemplating Coincidence: ‘Random’ Solutions to Challenging Problems” with Matthew Richey
Wednesday, February 1, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
We all encounter randomness every day — it is part of how we talk about the weather, sports, and even love. But despite being so familiar, randomness can be an elusive idea to pin down. Join mathematician Matthew Richey as he guides us toward greater understanding, demonstrating how randomness can be used as the secret ingredient in tackling famously difficult problems. Special introduction by professor and bestselling author (The Black Swan) Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.
M: The Language of STEM, a musical evening with Marcus G. Miller and William A. Massey
Saturday, February 4, 6:00 pm
Join saxophonist Marcus G. Miller and Princeton University professor and mathematician William A. Massey for an evening of music and mathematics, two fields that encourage creativity and exploration and build new languages out of natural information patterns. Dr. Massey, whose research interests include queueing theory and applied probability, will discuss and demonstrate the importance of mathematics as an information pattern language that is used to describe ideas in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Miller will create a musical dialogue using the rhythmic, harmonic, and melodic pattern languages of jazz, classical, and Latin music. Don’t miss this exciting evening of math and music! Learn more and register at saxmath.momath.org.
Volumes, the MoMath book club: Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
Thursday, February 16, 6:00 pm
Join Volumes for the phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space. Originally relegated to teaching math in the South’s segregated public schools, they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II, when America’s aeronautics industry was in dire need of anyone who had the right stuff. Suddenly, these overlooked math whizzes had a shot at jobs worthy of their skills, and they answered Uncle Sam’s call, moving to Hampton, Virginia, and entering the fascinating, high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory. Learn more and register at volumes.momath.org.
Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: Hidden Figures, Young Readers Edition by Margot Lee Shetterly
Wednesday, February 22, 4:30 pm
Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. Start reading now so that you can join the fun, with pizza and ice cream to follow. Learn more and register at tweenprimes.momath.org.
Join MoMath for the 2017 MoMath Masters, the exciting annual competition and charitable fundraiser! Put your thinking caps on for this fun-filled night, from the entertaining cocktail round right through to the challenging and suspenseful finals. Space is limited, so reserve your seats now at masters.momath.org.
Reinvent math class with Expansions, MoMath’s afternoon gifted program. Featuring programs for all mathematically gifted students currently enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade, Expansions workshops are designed and delivered by MoMath’s educational team to challenge and inspire students and to broaden their mathematical horizons. Apply now at expansions.momath.org.
Expansions offers sessions at several levels that are differentiated by mathematical experience rather than age. Admission is by application only. To learn more and apply, visit expansions.momath.org.
Announcing the newest way to enjoy MoMath: the MoMath Derivatives tour program! Enjoy a new perspective on MoMath in a small group setting as you wander the Museum with an expert tour guide leading the way. Choose from one of two new tours. Space is limited, so register early at derivatives.momath.org.
What kinds of people do mathematics? Learn about some of the interesting folks who have shaped the way mathematicians and the public think about mathematics, the work they did, and how their stories tie in with MoMath’s exhibits.
Think you’ve seen all of MoMath? Think again! This tour tracks the many mathematical “easter eggs” (hidden secrets) scattered throughout the Museum.
MoMath’s Math Exploration sessions, previously exclusive to school field trips, are now open to the public! Join one of MoMath’s specially-trained educators in an exploratory, hands-on classroom experience to discover the wonder of mathematics. Educator sessions are appropriate for the entire family. Learn more and register at exploration.momath.org.
Events, birthday parties, and more
Looking to host a one-of-a-kind event where your guests can interact with over 40 engaging exhibits? Enter a world of mathematical intrigue, but don’t worry; amongst all the activity there is plenty of space for gala-worthy dinners, over-the-top birthday bashes, laser-cutting parties, and bar/bat mitzvahs. Who knew math could be this much fun? Email email@example.com for more information..