Upcoming Events at MoMath

Enter MoMath’s mathemusical song contest!
Through Friday, October 9

Make math your muse!  MoMath is now accepting submissions for an all-new mathematical song competition. Write your own words to a favorite tune or compose your own melody; the only rules are that the lyrics must be original and must be about math or a mathematical concept.  The winners will be announced at and invited to participate in The Open Set on Thursday, November 19.  Submissions are now open at songs.momath.org.


Math Encounters: “Lewis Carroll in Numberland” with Robin Wilson
Wednesday, October 7, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

If Charles Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll) hadn’t written the Alice books, he’d probably be remembered as a pioneer Victorian photographer.  But if he’d not been remembered for this, would he be remembered as a mathematics teacher at Oxford University?  What mathematics did he do?  And how good was he?  Join UK mathematician Robin Wilson as he takes us on an illustrated journey through the looking glass, exploring math, puzzles, logic… and even monkeys!  Refreshments follow the afternoon presentation of Math Encounters; arrive by 6:30 pm for refreshments preceding the evening presentation.  Register at mathencounters.org.

Growing up with Gardner: a son’s playful memories of Martin
Thursday, October 8, 7:00 pm

You may know Martin Gardner from his books and columns on mathematical games, his work debunking pseudoscience, or The Annotated Alice, his compendium of the mathematical riddles, wordplay, and references in Lewis Carroll’s Alice books.  But do you know what he kept in his pockets?  Get the inside scoop on this incredible amateur mathematician and celebrated skeptic from one of the people who knew him best — his son, Jim Gardner.  Register at gardner.momath.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: “Math Makes Music”
Friday, October 23, 6:30 pm

Over two thousand years ago, the Pythagoreans discovered relationships between the shapes of vibration of simple strings and the combinations of sound that please our ears and brains.  Since then, mathematicians and scientists have learned a great deal about how sizes, shapes, and nonlinear dynamics of instruments determine their special sounds.  Indeed, modern makers use math(!) as they design and build new instruments.  Participants ages 7 and up are invited to join Dr. Bruce Bayly, a singer and violinist as well as a mathematician, as he shows us the math behind the music.  This presentation is free to attendees, as part of Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds campaign.  For more information and to register, visit familyfridays.momath.org.

Party Under Construction: the 2015 MoMath Gala
Tuesday, October 27, 6:30 pm

Join MoMath for an elegant evening honoring Santiago Calatrava, architect of the Oculus, Manhattan’s stunning new building.  With good food, drink, and conviviality, celebrate Calatrava’s sweeping designs and the way in which mathematics and its structures have inspired and enhanced the beauty and performance — the form and foundation — of the world we have built around us.  Seating is limited; register now at gala.momath.org.

Probability Play: Teacher Professional Development
Tuesday, November 3, 9:30 am — 4:00 pm

Join MoMath’s Chief of Mathematics Nick Rauh and 2015 Rosenthal Prize winner Ralph Pantozzi for a two-part workshop featuring activities that explore probability through the lens of experimentation.  In the morning, focus on the use of simulations to model populations, random data, and counterintuitive puzzles while participating in a rigorous mathematical discussion.  In the afternoon, experience an activity on random walks and a discussion of the elegant mathematics behind them.  These activities will touch on many of the points outlined in the Common Core standards for teaching probability and statistics.  This workshop is recommended for middle school and early high school teachers.  Register at fall2015pd.momath.org.

Math Encounters: “’Rithmetic Revisited” with Carl Pomerance
Wednesday, November 4, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

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 we don’t know the solution to:  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.  Refreshments follow the afternoon presentation of Math Encounters; arrive by 6:30 pm for refreshments preceding the evening presentation.  Register at mathencounters.org.

Mastering Dots and Boxes
Wednesday, November 11, 6:30 pm

The familiar pencil-and-paper game “Dots and Boxes” hides astounding strategic complexity when played on grids larger than a handful of boxes.  Join Elwyn Berlekamp, a recognized world authority on strategic play, as he reveals the surprising depth in this seemingly simple children’s game. Berlekamp will show us subtle tactics, connections with other games, and the state of the art in the study of Dots and Boxes.  Plus, you are likely to learn how you and your family can beat the neighbors in this perennially-loved pastime.  Learn more and register at dotsboxes.momath.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: “Let’s Box!”
Friday, November 13, 6:30 pm

The Japanese art of origami (paper-folding) is centuries old, but the genre of modular origami or geometric construction using congruent units is relatively recent.  By examining the roles of reflection symmetry versus rotation symmetry in paper folding, simple but clever box forms will be produced – just in time for the holiday season!  And by using newly folded boxes as modules, an even bigger surprise awaits.  This presentation is free to attendees, as part of Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds campaign.  For more information and to register, visit familyfridays.momath.org.

The Open Set: A Night of Original Musical Performance
Thursday, November 19, 7:00 pm

Add a little math to your music!  We asked mathemusicians around the world to send us their best original mathematical lyrics or compositions.  Now, you can hear the winners at a special night of musical performance.  Settle in for an evening of clever lyrics and fun tunes, including exciting performances from three special guests!  If you’re inspired, a few spaces will also be available for brave members of the audience to perform on the spot.  Learn more and register at mathmusic.momath.org.


Early registration is now open for two amazing events this December:

Winter Wonderlamp returns!
Sunday, December 13 – Tuesday, December 15

Winter’s looking brighter already!  Fold together symmetry, origami, light, stability, translations and more as last year’s popular geometric lamp-making activity returns for a full three days of possibilities.

Families: Choose from two upcoming workshops on Sunday, December 13!  Use patience and iterative folding techniques to create stunning paper lamps to take home.
Teachers: Bring a Wonderlamp workshop to your school, or attend teacher training workshops to learn how to bring this project to your classes.

Learn more and register at wonderlamp.momath.org.

The Harmonic Series: Concerts & Conversations with MoMath
Wednesday, December 16, 7:00 pm

Math and music join forces for the Harmonic Series, an exciting new quarterly program presented by MoMath. Hosted by public radio’s “Piano Puzzler,” Bruce Adolphe, the opening concert will feature Noam Elkies, a mathematician, composer, and the youngest ever tenured professor at Harvard; and Orli Shaham, an acclaimed pianist and the host of Dial-A-Musician, in conversation and performance.  On Beethoven’s birthday, enjoy the best of both worlds as these talented minds play live music and participate in an ongoing discussion about the artistic and logical intersections of these two disciplines.  This event will be followed by a wine and cheese reception. Register for this performance or for all four at a discounted rate at harmonic.momath.org.


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 8th 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 five levels, which are differentiated by mathematical experience rather than age.  Admission is by application only.  Apply now and register for fall 2015 classes; to learn more and submit an application, visit expansions.momath.org.

High school sessions will run on Tuesdays with sufficient enrollment.  If you are interested in high school sessions, please email expansions@momath.org.

Create a show at Composite, the gallery at MoMath

Do you have a great idea for a mathematical art show?  Send it to MoMath!  MoMath is seeking proposals for a show in the Composite gallery, to begin approximately one year from now.  Applications are now open: applycomposite.momath.org.

Events, Birthday Parties, and More

Looking to host a one-of-a-kind event where your guests can interact with over two 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, and mitzvahs.  Who knew math could be this much fun?  New: laser-cutting parties are now available.  Send guests home with their own custom laser-cut party favors!  For more information, contact events@momath.org.