Upcoming Events at MoMath

Math Encounters: “Cooking Up Math” with Mercedes Molina
Wednesday, November 5, at 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Get your creative juices flowing!  Mathematician and culinary enthusiast Mercedes Molina provides a recipe for fun as she explores the artistry and inspiration common to two of her favorite pursuits: math and cooking.  Refreshments follow the afternoon presentation of Math Encounters; arrive by 6:30 pm for refreshments preceding the evening presentation. Register at mathencounters.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: “Bead Geometry”
Friday, November 7, 6:30 pm

Where’s the math in beadwork?  A bead is anything with a hole, its hole is just a cylinder, and the axis of that cylinder is a line segment.  So, a bead is just a line segment with colorful stuff around it, and those line segments can build geometric structures.  Come along as mathematical artist Gwen Fisher pulls us into her world of beaded cubes and cuboctahedrons.  And once we’re there, new challenges involving color and symmetry await as we explore different patterns to weave into our creations.  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.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Formula
Thursday, November 13, 7:00 pm

Join MoMath for a night of laughs as Matt Parker, stand-up comedian and mathematician, sets out to show us the world of math through the lens of humor and real-life scenarios.  Matt writes about math for The Guardian and The Telegraph in London, and often contributes to the BBC.  Matt also performs regularly as a stand-up comic, using math games and humor in front of crowds of thousands.  Don’t miss this night of mathematical comedy, and join Matt as he approaches an infinite amount of humor (but never quite gets there).  To register, visit mathcomedy.momath.org.

Cross Product: Trig Bracelets
Sunday, November 23, 3:00 pm

Create a unique mathematical gift for someone special, only in this exclusive MoMath workshop!  Use 3D printing to create trigonometric bracelets based on the math of ruled surfaces, and turn math class into jewelry.  No prior experience with 3D printing is required. Learn more and register at 3D.momath.org.

Turing Tales
Monday, December 1, 7:00 pm

It is only a slight exaggeration to say that British mathematician Alan Turing saved the Allies from the Nazis, invented the computer and artificial intelligence, and anticipated gay liberation by decades — all before his suicide at age forty-one.  Now, mathematician Andrew Hodges, author of the Turing biography that inspired the major motion picture, arrives at MoMath to share his stories about Turing.  From his revolutionary idea that laid the foundation for the modern computer, to his leading role in breaking the German Enigma ciphers during World War II, and finally to his tragic ending, Alan Turing led an incredible — and in the end, incredibly tragic — life.  Don’t miss this inside view into the inner and outer drama of Alan Turing’s life and achievements.  To register, visit turingtales.momath.org.

Math Encounters: “Shaping Surfaces” with Chaim Goodman-Strauss
Wednesday, December 3, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Nature melds living surfaces from the geometry of curvature.  Corals, leaves, lichens — even membranes and ears — all living surfaces are shaped through exquisite control over this intrinsic geometry, even as those surfaces flex, twist, and grow.  Explore fundamental topological principles with mathematician Chaim Goodman-Strauss, and see the surprising beauty and simplicity of the underlying principles that control the geometry of surfaces.  Refreshments follow the afternoon presentation of Math Encounters; arrive by 6:30 pm for refreshments preceding the evening presentation. Register at mathencounters.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: “Mathematical Puzzles — and the ‘Tricks’ You Need to Solve Them”
Friday, December 5, 6:30 pm

Even if you already enjoy doing mathematical puzzles, knowing a few new tricks can help you solve the tough ones and enjoy them all a bit more.  Dartmouth College professor, mathematician, and puzzle expert Peter Winkler will share some tips and techniques, then lead the group in an effort to hammer out solutions to some intriguing puzzles.  Suggested for ages 12 and up.  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.

Broadway Intersections: the math behind The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
Monday, December 8, 6:30 pm

Broadway’s newest hit brings mathematics to the stage!  Join actor Alex Sharp (“Christopher”) and MoMath founder Glen Whitney as they take you through some of the scenes in which math plays a starring role.  See how math helps drive the dramatic development of the characters, and enjoy a Q&A with one of Broadway’s bright new stars.  Space is limited for this event, so register soon at curious.momath.org.

Dimensions Puzzle Hunt: Escape the Museum!
Saturday, December 13, hourly between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm

In collaboration with Escape the Room NYC, MoMath invites you to a special Dimensions Puzzle Hunt on 12/13/14. Venture deep into the heart of the National Museum of Mathematics on this auspicious day, the last sequential calendar date of the 21st century.  But, beware!  To return, you will need to solve puzzles and use math to illuminate your way before the portal closes forever.  Try to escape the Museum — if you can!  Stay tuned for more details.  Registration will open soon at escape.momath.org.

Unbounded: An Evening at MoMath — “Swarm Night” (21+)
Saturday, December 13, 7:00 pm

December’s adult-only night at the Museum will have some very special guests!  Meet two dozen robots and be among the first to discover MoMath’s new exhibit Robot Swarm, all on 12/13/14 — the last sequential calendar date of the century!  Mathematical know-how is not required at Unbounded — just bring your sense of adventure and play.  21+ (ID required).  Details and registration at unbounded.momath.org.

Robot Swarm comes to MoMath!
Members-only preview
Friday, December 12, 6:00 pm

Become a member today (momath.org/join) for a chance to engage with the newest addition to MoMath, enjoy light refreshments, and meet the creators of America’s most ambitious robotics exhibit.  RSVP required: email membership@momath.org.

Exhibit opening
Sunday, December 14

The swarm is here!  MoMath is excited to announce the debut of its new blockbuster exhibit, Robot Swarm.  Exploiting cutting-edge new developments in motion control and positioning systems, this exhibit will be the first of its kind in the nation.  Interact with dozens of small, glowing robots who react to your presence and interact with each other, generating lifelike behavior from simple mathematical rules.  They know where you are!

PolyPals: Bring your toddlers and preschoolers to MoMath for weekly fun!
Tuesday afternoons (Ages 2 – 5)

PolyPals, MoMath’s Tuesday afternoon program for pre-K children, offers our littlest potential mathematicians the opportunity to listen to math-themed stories and have fun exploring the concepts behind them.  Led by MoMath’s skilled educational staff, toddlers and preschoolers participate in songs, stories, and activities tied to a different theme each week.  Patterns, shapes, numbers, and more — PolyPals is a great way to enrich your child’s day with mathematical inspiration.  Polypals may be purchased as individual meetings or in blocks of four at a discount.  For further information and to register, visit polypals.momath.org.

Expansions: MoMath’s program to engage and challenge NYC’s brightest math students
Tuesday afternoons (HS students)
Thursday afternoons (K-8, separated by level)

Reinvent math class with Expansions, MoMath’s after-school 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 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; entry is by application only.  Expansions may be purchased as individual sessions or in blocks of four at a discount.  For more information and to apply, visit 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?  For more information, contact events@momath.org.