Upcoming Events at MoMath
How could there be something we don’t know about arithmetic — didn’t we learn it all in third grade? But here’s a problem whose solution we don’t know: What is the fastest way to multiply? And another: How many different numbers appear in a large multiplication table? Dartmouth mathematician Carl Pomerance reveals the hidden mysteries of multiplication and addition in this surprising reexamination of grade-school math. Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.
Can you find the deep mathematics underlying a simple card game? Why would the New York Times devote a long article to a children’s game that doesn’t exist? Join Rutgers math professor Alex Kontorovich to find out as you explore an award-winning game of visual perception. Come for the fun, stay for the mystery, and learn about the surprising ways math shows up in the everyday world. Learn more and register at familyfriday.momath.org.
Fractal Fun in Brooklyn Bridge Park
Saturday, June 4, 8:00 pm
Join the National Museum of Mathematics for a group construction in which you become part of a giant glowing fractal! This time, MoMath’s rainbow-colored lightsticks will be used to create a human-scale Koch snowflake in Brooklyn Bridge Park as part of the World Science Festival. Don’t miss out on the fractal fun in what could end up being the world’s largest-ever human fractal demonstration. Registration is not required for this event.
STREET SCIENCE at the World Science Festival in Washington Square Park.
Sunday, June 5, 10:00 am through 6:00 pm
MoMath takes to the streets as part of the World Science Festival’s STREET SCIENCE program. Take a literal knight’s tour as you create human-scale string art on the Knight Shift, then join us in erecting dodecART, in which we’ll turn 1,104 pentagons into a giant Rhombic Triacontahedron that will tower above the crowd. Registration is not required for this event.
What happens when the transformative nature of math circles is brought to reservation kids at the Navajo Nation? When these middle and high school students are given the chance to collaborate with top mathematicians? When they are encouraged to explore mathematics, and its connection to Navajo culture and natural beauty, to their own joy and satisfaction? Watch this special story unfold as MoMath screens the beautiful new documentary Navajo Math Circles. And stick around after the screening for a Q&A with math professor Dr. Tatiana Shubin, who lived on the reservation and used the math circle approach to help raise the hopes of parents, students, and teachers for a brighter future. For more information and to register, visit navajo.momath.org.
Harmonic Series: “Musical Palindromes & Symmetries” — music and talk by Martin Bresnick
Wednesday, June 8, 7:00 pm
Martin Bresnick’s Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano (1988) is a musical journey through rigorously created palindromes and symmetries, some simple like a child’s game of Cat’s Cradle, others more complexly “handed” symmetrical forms, but all of which may be elegantly described mathematically. What might the significance of such fearful abstractions mean to the human heart? Enjoy a performance by the Mammoth Trio (Elly Toyoda, violin; Ashley Bathgate, cello; Lisa Moore, piano) and then join Martin as he speaks about the music and mathematics. Learn more and register at harmonic.momath.org.
First there was Edwin A. Abbott’s remarkable Flatland, published in 1884, one of the all-time classics of popular mathematics. Now, from mathematician and accomplished science writer Ian Stewart, comes what Nature calls “a superb sequel.” Flatterland explores our present understanding of the shape and origins of the universe, the nature of space, time, and matter, as well as modern geometries and their applications. Learn more and register at volumes.momath.org.
Monday, June 20, 12:00 pm through 6:00 pm
On June 20, come out to the Flatiron Plaza at 23rd and Broadway to help MoMath celebrate the mathematical significance of the summer solstice in New York City. There, you’ll learn why, just as a seven-pointed star perfectly suited the winter solstice, a ten-pointed star captures the math inherent in the opposite extreme of the solar year. And this time, MoMath takes the celebration into the third dimension — participants will construct a dozen ten-pointed stars and assemble them into a geometric structure that will be almost ten feet tall with remarkable symmetry. Come on your lunch break to help kick off the construction or after work for its culmination (or any time in between); anyone can pitch in, even for just a few minutes, and share in mathematical beauty inspired by the start of summer. Registration is not required for this event.
MoMath Free Play: Enjoy several opportunities for FREE admission!
Weekdays Thursday, June 23 through Wednesday, June 29 (details below)
Thursday, June 23 — Prime Time for Teachers: Explore the nation’s only museum of math and learn more about bringing your class on a field trip to MoMath. Teachers (with valid ID) plus one guest will receive complimentary admission between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm.
Friday, June 24 — Mind Set: Student and Senior Day: College students (with valid student ID) and seniors (60+), MoMath is FREE ALL DAY for you. Keep your mind agile over the summer at MoMath.
Monday, June 27 — Reflections: National Sunglasses Day at MoMath: MoMath welcomes summer on National Sunglasses Day! Show up at MoMath on June 27 sporting your favorite pair of shades and receive free admission between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm.
Tuesday, June 28 — Exhibit Tangents: Admission is FREE ALL DAY, plus take a deep dive into an exhibit or two as MoMath pilots its new tour system. Pre-registration is required for all tours; visit tour.momath.org for more information and to register.
Wednesday, June 29 — DaVinci Dome: Admission is FREE ALL DAY, plus join the MoMath crew at 1:00 pm to build an impressive spanning structure using an ingenious and elegant system of specially notched wooden beams. This graceful structure is based on the work of the great Renaissance architect and mathematician, Leonardo DaVinci.
Join the disco party with MoMath! DJ Emille spins the tunes that got everyone dancing in the 70s as we hearken back to a time of mood rings, polyester, and big hair. And since June is LGBT Pride Month, what better time to celebrate the decade that ignited the LGBT rights movement? Refreshments will be provided through the generous support of the event sponsor, OppenheimerFunds. Register at: unbounded.momath.org.
Math Encounters: "Enigmatic Figures: the Ramanujan Legacy" with Ken Ono
Wednesday, July 6, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Srinivasa Ramanujan is one of the most enigmatic figures in the history of mathematics. A self-trained amateur mathematician, his ideas befuddled the accumulated wisdom of mathematicians in the early 20th century. Join award-winning Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science Ken Ono as he demonstrates how Ramanujan’s legacy continues to play a central role in the development of many of the deepest subjects in arithmetic geometry and number theory. Special introduction by Devika Bhise, leading actress from the recent movie “The Man Who Knew Infinity.” Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.
Transformations summer camp at MoMath
July 11th through September 2nd, 9 am – 3 pm (weekly sessions)
Spend summer falling in love with math! Rising first through eighth graders will experience the richness of mathematics through hands-on and full-body interactive activities illustrating the many connections to math. Whether you opt for Playing Smart (teaching the strategies behind your favorite math games), Geometric Crafts (bringing out the artistic side of mathematics), Puzzle Me That (riddles and puzzles for problem-solving enthusiasts), or What are the Chances? (probability and the surprising results of everyday life), your child will develop a lifelong appreciation of learning at America’s only Museum of Mathematics. Learn more and register at summercamp.momath.org.
New this summer: Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for Teens and Tweens!
Thursday, July 28, 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
MoMath brings its popular Volumes book club to a younger audience. Like to read? Like math or wish you did? Come to Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for Tweens and Teens (ages 7-16). Meet and talk about The Number Devil by Hans Magnus Enzensberger, a fun book about Robert, who hates math and has bad dreams where he visits a bizarre magical land of number tricks with the number devil as his host. After the discussion, stick around to celebrate the joy of math and reading with a pizza and ice cream party. For more information and to register, visit tweenprimes.momath.org.
Coming soon… The Insides of Things: the Art of Miguel Berrocal in Composite, the gallery at MoMath
MoMath’s newest art exhibit will focus on the work of Spanish sculptor Miguel Berrocal. What does Berrocal’s work have in common with MoMath’s Enigma Café? Visit this intriguing new gallery show to find out as you take in the masterful craftsmanship of Berrocal’s art.
Expansions: MoMath’s program to engage and challenge NYC’s brightest math students
Thursday afternoons (K-12, separated by level)
Reinvent math class with Expansions, MoMath’s afternoon gifted program. Featuring programs for all mathematically gifted students currently enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade, the Expansions workshops are designed and delivered by MoMath’s educational team to challenge and inspire students and to broaden their mathematical horizons. With topics ranging from fractals to cellular automata, these afternoon sessions provide an opportunity for participants to learn advanced and fascinating topics not included in the standard K-12 curriculum. Plus, your child can benefit from enjoying math together with small groups of talented and focused young scholars.
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.
Do you have a great idea for a mathematical art show? Send it to MoMath! MoMath is seeking proposals for a show in Composite, the gallery at MoMath, to begin approximately one year from now. Applications are open here: applycomposite.momath.org.
Events, birthday parties, and more
Looking to host a one-of-a-kind event where your guests can interact with over 30 dozen 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, lazer-cutting parties, and bar/bat mitzvahs. Who knew math could be this much fun? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.