Upcoming Events at MoMath

2017 Transformations summer camp registration

First through eighth graders, spend the summer falling in love with mathematics as you explore the fun and beauty of mathematical games, puzzles, and geometric crafts with MoMath’s dynamic educators. Campers come back year after year to discover the never-ending wonders of mathematics. To learn more, visit summercamp.momath.org. Limited spots remain and waitlists are available; register soon!

Math Encounters: “Diffusion of the Dead” with Thomas Woolley
Wednesday, July 5, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Knowing how long we have before we interact with a zombie could mean the difference between life, death, and zombification! In this game of impending doom, mathematician Thomas Woolley shows us how math might just be the best weapon we have to survive…and how strategies to defeat zombies have real-world relevance in the fight against the worldwide spread of contagious disease. Special introduction by Dr. Leslie Greengard, Courant Institute/NYU and director of the Center for Computational Biology at the Flatiron Institute. Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.

Pete Muller performs at the Cutting Room
Special event to benefit MoMath
Thursday, July 6, 7:00 pm

Join singer/songwriter Pete Muller in a special summer concert benefiting MoMath. Muller, a modern day Renaissance man, began his musical career by busking for the masses in the New York subways while at the same time publishing a monthly music-themed crossword puzzle and achieving success as a pioneer in quant investing, where he was dubbed one of the “hottest hedge fund manager[s] on Wall Street today.” Muller’s budding musical career caught the attention of Forbes, The New York Times, and various other outlets, which led to three albums, the most recent produced by two-time Grammy winner Rick DePofi. With influences such as Billy Joel, Shawn Colvin, Patty Griffin, and Elvis Costello, Muller’s accessible lyrical style has garnered him hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube. The evening will also feature the creative talents of John “Whooli” Whoolilurie on sax/keyboard, Skip Ward on bass, David Silliman on drums, Katie Jacoby on violin, Timba Harris on violin/trumpet, and Missy Soltero on vocals. For more information and to register, visit muller.momath.org. 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales will be used to support the programs and operations of the nation’s only Museum of Mathematics.

Math Metropolis, the New York Math Festival
Plaza at 28 Liberty
Sunday, July 9, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Add a little math to your summer! MoMath is pleased to present New York’s first-ever Math Festival to bring you a full day of mathematical fun. Bring the entire family to the plaza at 28 Liberty and enjoy hands-on math exhibits, entertaining mathematical games, and intriguing puzzles and brainteasers. Plus, take home a little bit of MoMath: we’ll be setting up an outpost of Additions, the shop at MoMath, for all your summer gift needs. Learn more about this FREE event at metropolis.momath.org.

Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: Numbed! by David Lubar
Thursday, July 13, 4:30 pm

When Logan’s class takes a trip to a math museum, his mischievous friend Benedict is sure it will be a boring day—until he discovers a robot and its creator in an off-limits area. The robot proves feisty, and soon both boys get zapped. They realize only later that they’d left the museum without their math skills. To get back the knowledge they need for school—not to mention buying food at the mall, divvying up dinner at home, and much more—they’ll have to get back to the museum and pass a series of math challenges. Being “numbed” will teach Logan and Benedict just how useful, and even fun, math can be. Learn more and register at tweenprimes.momath.org.

Bitcoin: A little “bit” of math
Tuesday, July 18, 6:00 pm

All money is a mathematical abstraction, but cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin especially depend on a lot of deep mathematics for their existence. In this in-depth class, you’ll learn how some obscure branches of mathematics came together to become a $30 billion economic system; you’ll understand the inner workings of Bitcoin and the blockchain on which is based; and you’ll even learn how to steal Bitcoin with math. No mathematical background is required, however, the class is best suited to an adult audience. Visit bitcoin.momath.org for more information and to register.

Volumes, the MoMath book club: A Certain Ambiguity: A Mathematical Novel by Gaurav Suri and Hartosh Singh Bal
Thursday, July 20, 6:00 pm

While taking a class on infinity at Stanford in the late 1980s, Ravi Kapoor discovers that he is confronting the same mathematical and philosophical dilemmas that his mathematician grandfather had faced many decades earlier — and that had landed him in jail. Charged under an obscure blasphemy law in a small New Jersey town in 1919, Vijay Sahni is challenged by a skeptical judge to defend his belief that the certainty of mathematics can be extended to all human knowledge — including religion. This is a truly captivating thriller that will take you on a whirlwind tour to infinity — and beyond. But be warned: once you start reading, you won’t be able to put it aside until finished! This masterly-told story weaves together criminal law, ancient and modern history, a young man’s quest to know his deceased grandfather — and some highly intriguing mathematics. Learn more and register at volumes.momath.org.

Math on Trial: How Numbers Get Used and Abused in the Courtroom
Tuesday, July 25, 6:00 pm

Mathematical calculations have been used in the courtroom to convict people of theft, treason, forgery, and even murder. But often, the math involved was wrong — and innocent people were found guilty. Join mathematician and author Coralie Colmez as she identifies some of the mistakes made during historical trials and the consequences of those errors. Sometimes, it really is a matter of life and death! Learn more and register at trial.momath.org.

Roundtable: the MoMath Math Teachers’ Circle
Summer Intensive
Monday, July 31 through Friday, August 4

If you’re a K-6 educator who wants to enjoy or improve your relationship with math, don’t miss the kick-off to MoMath’s new Math Teachers’ Circle. This summer intensive runs evenings for a full week and includes three evenings of engaging exploration and play that will heighten your appreciation of math. Plus, enjoy optional presentations from two of the nation’s most entertaining math presenters, Persi Diaconis and Art Benjamin. Whether you love math, want to love math, or would just settle for improving your relationship with math, this is the program for you! For more information and to register, visit mtc.momath.org.

Math Encounters: “Deep Math: Between Combinatorics and Chocolate” with Persi Diaconis
Wednesday, August 2, 7:00 pm

Sometimes, good magic tricks use deep math or physics. Join mathematician and magician Persi Diaconis as he illustrates this by taking a coagulation-fragmentation model used in physics, chemistry, astronomy, and biology and making a surprising trick out of it. Understanding the trick and the underlying dynamics of the model leads to nice problems in combinatorics and probability. And yes, the trick really does involve chocolate! Learn more and register at mathencounters.org. Special introduction by Matthew Goldstein, Chancellor Emeritus of the City University of New York.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “Magic Squares and Magical Squaring” with Art Benjamin
Friday, August 4, 6:30 pm

Learn the secrets of creating a personalized magic square based on your birthday along with magical ways to square, cube, and take the cube root of numbers, featuring popular entertainer and mathemagician Art Benjamin. Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.

Expressions: the MoMath hackathon
Saturday, 10:00 am August 5 through Sunday, August 6, 5:00 pm

Join the MoMath technology team for a weekend of fun and creation, courtesy of Two Sigma Investments. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the tech that makes the magic happen and a sneak peek at some of the exciting new projects in the works. Hack in teams to take on exhibit enhancement and visitor experience projects, or be among the first to experiment with new SDKs for two of the Museum’s breathtaking exhibits, Dynamic Wall and Math Square. Winning projects may be incorporated into the Museum experience! Learn more and register at hackathon.momath.org.

MOVES 2017 conference, “The Magic of Math”
Featuring Persi Diaconis, Manjul Bhargava, and Art Benjamin!
Sunday, August 6, through Tuesday, August 8

Mathematicians and families, register now to join MoMath in NYC for the third conference on the Mathematics of Various Entertaining Subjects.The MOVES 2017 conference will take place from August 6 through 8 and will feature dozens of talks on current research in recreational mathematics, as well as a wide variety of family-accessible mathematical activities and events. Visit moves.momath.org to register.


Expansions: MoMath’s program to engage and challenge NYC’s brightest math students

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.

Weekend programs for families

Take a tour with MoMath’s new Derivatives tour program, or join one of MoMath’s specially-trained educators in Explorations, a hands-on classroom experience to discover the wonder of mathematics. Don’t miss your chance to see math in a whole new light, only at MoMath.

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: amidst 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 events@momath.org for more information.