Upcoming Events at MoMath

Matthew Brand’s Luminaries at Composite: the gallery at MoMath
Through March 2015

If you like the Light Grooves exhibit at MoMath, you’ll love this gallery show featuring the newest work of light artist, inventor, and visionary Matthew Brand.  Evoking figures from ancient Egypt to the medieval Silk Road to modern casinos, Brand has captured some of history’s most intriguing thinkers.  Visit Composite: the gallery at MoMath to discover the world’s first large-scale show of lumography — smooth, water-clear lenses whose undulating surfaces rearrange light beams into ghostly morphing pictures.  Many years in development, Brand’s marriage of sand castle mathematics and swimming pool optics runs through March 2015.  Entry is included with Museum admission.

Apply for the 2015 Rosenthal Prize for Innovation in Math Teaching
Through Tuesday, May 19

MoMath is pleased to announce that the application period is now open for the 2015 Rosenthal Prize for Innovation in Math Teaching.  Designed to recognize and promote hands-on math teaching in upper elementary and middle school classrooms, the Rosenthal Prize carries a cash award of $25,000 for the single best activity, plus up to five additional monetary awards for other innovative activities.  The winning teacher(s) will have the opportunity to share their innovative activities with educators across the country.  Learn more about the prize and how to apply at rosenthalprize.momath.org.

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2015 Con Edison MoMathlon Tournaments
Monday, March 2 (Westchester); Tuesday, March 3 (Bronx); Monday, March 9 (Queens); Thursday, March 12 (Suffolk County); Tuesday, March 31 (Manhattan)

Playing a sport, being on a team, competition… every middle school student deserves to experience the fun and exhilaration of making friends and working with them toward a goal; this can build confidence and teach skills that last a lifetime.  MoMath provides New York kids this opportunity every March, when, together with supporters Con Edison and Brookhaven National Laboratory, it sponsors several middle school math tournaments, culminating in a thrilling tournament of champions.  These unique tournaments allow budding mathematicians to experience the same thrills that student athletes receive from their pursuits: challenges, teamwork, refreshments, souvenirs, trophies, and memories that will inspire them in high school, college, and beyond.  The tournaments will take place throughout March in the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Suffolk County, and Westchester; for more information and to register, visit momathlon.momath.org.

Math Encounters: “Poetry, Drumming, and Mathematics” with Manjul Bhargava
Wednesday, March 4, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Did you know that many of the modern mathematical tools used in probability and combinatorics — and applied in varied technologies such as those on NASA space missions — originated in problems encountered by linguists and musicians thousands of years ago? Princeton University Professor and 2014 Fields Medalist Manjul Bhargava looks at some of these ancient, poetic problems — and their remarkable solutions through the ages — to reveal much about the nature of human thought and the origins of mathematics.  Register at mathencounters.org.

Math Midway at MoMath
Saturday, March 7 – Tuesday, March 31

Before the Math Midway heads to DC for the National Math Festival, it’s making a short stop at MoMath!  Slip into the world of pattern, shape, and number with these interactive, playful exhibits.  The Math Midway will only be at MoMath for a limited time, so come enjoy this carnival-themed exhibition while it’s here.

Members-only preview
Friday, March 6, 6:30 pm

Come out for a night at the carnival!  Become a member today (momath.org/join) for the chance to explore the Midway after hours, without a crowd.  RSVP required: email membership@momath.org for details.

The Mathematics of Being Human
Sunday, March 8, 6:30 pm

Battle lines are drawn between mathematics and the humanities when English professor Naomi Kessler and mathematician Mike Pearson are compelled to co-teach a course at a university bent on promoting interdisciplinarity. They tussle over everything: from the value of ‘nothing’ in King Lear, to the fractal nature of cauliflower, to the relevance of non-Euclidean geometry in poetry.  Will they be able to give their beleaguered students a glimpse of synthesis or will their insularity prove impossible to surmount?  The fireworks fly in this new play written by the University of Maryland Baltimore County’s Michele Osherow (English professor and dramaturg for Washington DC’s Folger Theatre) and Manil Suri (mathematics professor and author of “The Death of Vishnu”), and directed by Alan Kreizenbeck.  The staged reading will be followed by a talk-back, so make sure to bring your thinking cap.  See more and register at human.momath.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: “Cat & Mouse Games”
Friday, March 13, 6:30 pm

A cat chases a mouse on a grid.  Can the cat catch the mouse?  Sometimes yes… sometimes no!  Play some games and see when you can escape — then find out if math is on the side of the cat, or the mouse!  Dan Zaharopol, Executive Director of the Art of Problem Solving Foundation, guides us through the strategy of a simple game as viewed through the lens of mathematics.  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.

Celebrate the Pi Day of the Century with MoMath!
Saturday, March 14

Pi is more fun when it’s shared!  Enjoy a day full of special pi-related activities at MoMath, from a scavenger hunt through the exhibits to circular tic-tac-toe and pi puzzles —  all in honor of the ultimate Pi Day, 3/14/15.  You can make pi personal by finding a unique number sequence in its infinite digits, and make pi even more delicious by estimating it using candy!  Plus, be there to hear the winning entries from MoMath’s Pi Day competition.  And watch for additional information about more special pi events as we count down on 3/14/15 at 9:26 am and again at 9:26 pm, including pi, circles of light, hot chocolate, and pie!

MoMath Winton Power Series: “Dimension: a geometric and topological view” with Simon Donaldson
Sunday, March 22, 5:30 pm

Simon Donaldson will illuminate phenomena in the study of mathematical manifolds, which depend crucially on dimension.  Going back to the mid-20th century, the initial focus of the presentation will be on the ideas of algebraic and geometric “intersection numbers” and the fundamental connections between them which hold in high dimensions.  The story will continue through the late 20th century and beyond, when contrary phenomena in low dimensions were detected, but still not thoroughly understood.  Don’t miss your opportunity to hear from Simon Donaldson, one of only five winners of the $3 million Breakthrough Prize — the most substantial prize in all of mathematics.  This presentation will be followed by a question and answer session and an informal reception.  Register at powerseries.momath.org.

Unbounded: An Evening at MoMath — Game Night!
Saturday, March 28, 7:30 pm
21+ (ID required)

Don’t miss MoMath’s first adult-only night of 2015!  This month’s event features a special game component designed by Richard Garriott de Cayeux, inventor of the Ultima adventure series:  come play with us!  Unbounded provides the opportunity to experience MoMath’s unique atmosphere and interactive exhibits in the company of New York’s math-chic community, including the mathematicians and designers behind the Museum.  Mathematical know-how is not required at Unbounded — fun, adventure, exploration, and play are in store for all who come.  21+ (ID required).  One free drink included with admission.  Register at unbounded.momath.org.

Math Encounters: “A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper (and Its Descendants)” with John Allen Paulos
Wednesday, April 1, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Investigate the mathematical angles of news stories and debunk popular myths and fallacies with mathematician, author, and columnist John Allen Paulos.  Join fellow coffee-drinkers, strap-hangers, policy-makers, gossip-mongers, bargain-hunters, trend-setters, and others who can’t get along without their daily news, and discover an oblique, yet revealing, slant on the traditional Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How of the journalist’s craft.  Register at mathencounters.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: “Math Runes: Art with Functions”
Friday, April 10, 6:30 pm

Create string art that demonstrates functions!  Mathematician and award-winning artist Mike Naylor returns to MoMath to share Math Runes, the app he designed to explore how multiplication in different mod systems can create amazing designs. Choose your favorite design using Math Runes, then thread a beautiful pattern to turn your design into a physical piece of art.  See just how fascinating simple operations like multiplication can be!  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.

Tavern Night
Sunday, April 12, 7:00 pm

The newest puzzle in the Tavern Puzzle Collection will be making its world premiere at MoMath!  In honor of the debut of Jack of Hearts, enjoy a night of drinks, fun, and tavern games like darts and skittles.  Plus, test your mettle with a puzzle race; you could win your own Jack of Hearts puzzle!  For aficionados, not only will this be the first place you can buy the all-new puzzle, but Tavern Puzzle Collection creators Dennis and Donna Sucilsky will be on hand to discuss how they got their start, how they make the puzzles, and how they come up with new ideas.  They’ll even be bringing a giant anvil, so they can personalize any puzzle you purchase this evening.  Buy a Jack of Hearts puzzle during this event, and receive 10% off!  Beer and wine will be available for purchase (ID required).  Register at tavern.momath.org.

MoMath Goes to Washington!

Join MoMath for a not-to-be missed three-day extravaganza in the nation’s capital during the first-ever National Math Festival!

Art and Math in the Works of M.C. Escher
Friday, April 17, 10:00 am and 2:00 pm

Explore the masterpieces of M.C. Escher on this exclusive private tour of one of the world’s largest and most complete collections of his works.  Housed in a restricted area of the National Gallery of Art, this collection includes woodblock, wood engraving, and lithography, in both monochrome and color.  This is an extraordinary opportunity to view and closely study the original works of M.C. Escher, focusing on his analytic elements of design, his intuitive geometric sense, and his brilliant printmaking techniques.  For more information and to register, visit escher.momath.org.

Volunteer with MoMath at the National Math Festival
Saturday, April 18, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Join MoMath as its popular Math Midway exhibition, back from a five-year national tour, arrives on the scene at the Smithsonian’s Enid A. Haupt Garden.  Ride the Square-Wheeled Tricycle, enjoy laser-based geometry exploration with the Ring of Fire, and play with algebraic gold doubloons along with Pirate X and Lady Y.  Experience the more than 20 hands-on, engaging math exhibits that helped launch the nation’s only Museum of Mathematics, and discover the wonder and beauty of math.  Plus, participate in Spacellation, a giant geometric coat-hanger construction making its national debut, or tie yourself up in String Upon a Star, and become an integral part of the first-ever national celebration of mathematics.  No registration needed to attend, but math-savvy volunteers can join the MoMath team to help convey the joy of math!  Students and adults both welcome: dcvolunteers.momath.org.

Human Equations: A Journey from Mathematics to Shakespeare
Sunday, April 19, 12:00 pm

Math meets art in this first time three-part display of Man Ray’s surrealistic-inflected Shakespearean Equations series, side by side with the original geometric models that inspired the paintings, plus the inventive photographs of these mathematical forms made by Man Ray in Paris in the 1930s.  Don’t miss this unique opportunity to join MoMath on a private tour of the exhibition, learning firsthand how art and math intersect in this display of over 100 pieces, including a custom version of MoMath’s own Formula Morph exhibit, designed especially for this unique show.  As a special bonus, join MoMath’s President and founder, Glen Whitney, for brunch before the tour, and hear the mathematical backstory of the Phillips Collection’s latest exhibit.  For more information and to register, visit manray.momath.org.

Weird Ways to Work With Pi
Thursday, June 4, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Many a mathematical scholar has contemplated the meaning and mystery of the number pi: the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.  But who says the concept of pi should apply only to circles?  What is pi for a square?  What is pi for a right triangle?  What interesting non-circular problems can be solved with non-circular pi-values?  This professional development workshop will explore and unite all sorts of ideas from the middle school and high school curriculum, develop agile thinking and problem-solving skills, and connect beautifully with content and practices with the Common Core.  See more and register at pd.momath.org.

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PolyPals: Bring your toddlers and preschoolers to MoMath for weekly fun!
Now on Saturday mornings! (Ages 2 – 5)

PolyPals, MoMath’s program for pre-K children, offers our littlest 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.  Registration for 2015, with new weekend sessions, is now open at 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 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.  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?  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.