Upcoming Events at MoMath
This month, be among the very first to check out two of MoMath’s newest offerings: Tetrasphere, a beautiful reflective fractal display, and Tetra Truchet, an exciting life-size race of mathematical and visual perception. Plus, bring your powers of prediction to MoMath for an activity based on math and human behavior. If you’re excited by the idea of a math-filled, parent-free night where you can hang out with old and new friends, enjoy cookies and hot chocolate, and move to the tunes of DJ Emille, don’t miss this exciting program just for 6th through 9th graders. The best part? No parents allowed! Learn more and register at unlimited.momath.org.
Math Encounters: “Star Trek: The Math of Khan” with James Grime
Wednesday, April 5, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Star Trek featured many futuristic ideas: warp drives, transporters, and travel to strange new worlds, all of which have been discussed in great detail by experts and nerds alike. But what about the math of Star Trek? After all, there’s no such thing as Math Fiction… In fact, Star Trek featured many interesting mathematical ideas, including a paradox that upset both 20th century mathematicians and 23rd century androids; the mathematics of alien biology; and the most important question of all — when on a dangerous away mission, does the color of your shirt really affect your chances of survival? Don’t worry, there won’t be any lens flares as mathematician/Star Trek fan James Grime beams to MoMath to share the Math of Khan. Special introduction by Connor Trinneer, “Commander ‘Trip’ Tucker” of Star Trek: Enterprise. Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.
Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “Ready, SET, go!” with Liz McMahon, Gary Gordon, Hannah Gordon, and Rebecca Gordon
Friday, April 14, 6:30 pm
Have you ever played the addictive card game SET, the fast-paced family game of visual perception? Have you ever wondered about the connections between games and mathematics? Join the authors of The Joy of SET as they teach you how to play SET while revealing the mathematical strategies behind a seemingly simple card game. This event is most appropriate for adults and children ages 8 and older. Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.
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. Plus, 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.
Exclusive tour of the M.C. Escher collection at the National Gallery of Art
Friday, April 21, 10:00 am and 2:00 pm in Washington, D.C.
David Masunaga and MoMath have made special arrangements with the National Gallery of Art (NGA) in Washington, D.C. to lead participants through masterpieces of its famed M.C. Escher collection, one of the world’s largest and most complete collections of his works. The focus will be on Escher’s analytic elements of design, his intuitive geometric sense, and his brilliant printmaking techniques. Learn more and register at eschertour.momath.org.
National Math Festival: Wonder-ful Math with MoMath!
Saturday, April 22 in Washington, D.C.
Join MoMath for a day of interactive fun at the second-ever National Math Festival! Slice shapes with lasers, explore giant mazes, crank up the math tunes, design a roller coaster, and more… Enjoy these and other Math Midway classics plus, new this year, experience the surprising shapes of math with Formula Morph and jump into an exciting race of mathematical and visual perception with TetraTruchet.
Volunteer with MoMath at the National Math Festival
MoMath is looking for enthusiastic, math-savvy volunteers to help visitors enjoy a variety of hands-on, interactive exhibits and allow them to discover the wonder and beauty of mathematics. High school students and adults welcome: dcvolunteers.momath.org.
Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: Ruby Redfort Take Your Last Breath by Lauren Child
Wednesday, April 26, 4:30 pm
As the book opens, Spectrum agent Ruby is at dive school in Hawaii, confronting one of her few fears (claustrophobia) and ignoring the sharks around her. Back home in Twinford, you can be sure both these elements will resurface — along with pirates who are trying to kill her parents, messages sent over Muzak radio stations, a peculiarly potent sea monster, family legends featuring brave little girls and large gemstones, and the return of the evil Count von Viscount. Graphics include musical scores, maps that organize ideas and events, and Morse code, complete with appendices that discuss codebreaking in music, text, and graphics. Learn more and register at tweenprimes.momath.org.
Join author Alan Lightman to discuss his modern classic, Einstein’s Dreams, a fictional collage of stories dreamed by Albert Einstein in 1905, when he worked in a patent office in Switzerland. As the defiant but sensitive young genius is creating his theory of relativity, a new conception of time, he imagines many possible worlds. In poetic vignettes, this book explores the connections between science and art, the process of creativity, and, ultimately, the fragility of human existence. Learn more and register at volumes.momath.org.
Equilibrium, an adult evening of mathematical games at MoMath!
Saturday, April 29, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Tabletop gaming is more fun than ever! Come join old friends and new for a fun-filled, adult evening of mathematically-rich, hands-on games. Enjoy classics like SET and Connect Four, modern options from Ubongo to Skiwampus to Rocket Robots, and even MoMath’s own twist on mathematical favorites like Hex and Nim. Bring a snack, play some games, and connect with new and interesting people, all while enjoying the unique evening atmosphere at the nation’s only Museum of Math. Learn more and register at equilibrium.momath.org.
Math Encounters: “Vital Math: How mathematicians changed the world” with Chris Budd
Wednesday, May 3, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Mathematics has played a vital role in the development of human civilization, serving as the foundation of much of modern technology and popular culture. From Maxwell and the mobile phone to Florence Nightingale and big data, mathematicians have had a profound impact on all of our lives. Join UK mathematician and professor Chris Budd in a celebration of the contributions of mathematicians over the centuries. Special introduction by Robert Kohn, NYU Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.
Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “Boxes of Troxes” with Jonathan Bobrow
Friday, May 5, 6:30 pm
Lego meets Origami in this ingenious new construction toy! Take a sneak peek at this soon-to-launch product, and join inventor Jonathan Bobrow, who designed this engaging collection of non-rectilinear building blocks while at the MIT Media Lab. Explore the underlying math behind Troxes and discover the endless possibilities of building with forms commonly found in nature. Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.
Crank up the function tunes, take a tour among the world of numbers, and morph your face with math as some Math Midway classics return to MoMath for an evening including some carnival-themed fun. If you’re excited by the idea of a math-filled, parent-free night where you can hang out with old and new friends, enjoy cookies and hot chocolate, and move to the tunes of DJ Emille, then don’t miss this exciting program just for 6th through 9th graders. The best part? No parents allowed! Learn more and register at unlimited.momath.org.
Volumes, the MoMath book club: The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets by Simon Singh
Thursday, May 18, 6:00 pm
Did you know that Homer Simpson disproved Fermat’s last theorem? He did, or so it seemed, when he scribbled 398712+436512=447212 on a blackboard in a 1998 episode of The Simpsons. If Homer is right, then he has proved that the great 17th-century mathematician Fermat was wrong! Math is everywhere in the Simpsons’ world, from references that flash across the screen in an eye blink (such as Springfield’s Googolplex movie theater) to entire segments that explore deep mathematical concepts (like “Homer3” in 1995). Not content merely to point out the mathematical references, Singh uses them as a starting point for lively discussions of mathematical topics, anecdotes, and history. Even someone with no mathematical background will enjoy his accounts of the nature of infinity and the meaning of the number e, the life of the tragic genius Ramanujan, and the obsessions of Bill James, the oracle of baseball statistics. Learn more and register at volumes.momath.org.
Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: Secret Coders and Paths & Portals by Gene Luen Yang
Wednesday, May 24, 4:30 pm
Join MoMath at Tween Primes, the MoMath book club, on May 24 to discuss Secret Coders and Path & Portals by Gene Luen Yang. About the books:
Welcome to Stately Academy, a strange school that is just crawling with mysteries to be solved! The founder of the school left many clues and puzzles to challenge his enterprising students. Hopper, a new student, and her friend, Eni, start to discover and then solve many of the school’s puzzles. Sadly, not everyone is happy about this — especially Mr. Bee, the school janitor. Using their wits and their budding computer coding skills, Hopper and Eni decide to solve the mystery of Stately Academy, no matter what it takes!
Secret Coders: Paths and Portals
There’s something lurking beneath the surface of Stately Academy — literally. In a secret underground classroom, Hopper, Eni, and Josh discover that the campus was once home to the Bee School, an institute where teachers, students, and robots worked together to unravel the mysteries of coding. Hopper and her friends are eager to follow in this tradition and become top-rate coders. But why are Principal Dean and the rugby team suddenly so interested in their extracurricular activities?
Learn more and register at tweenprimes.momath.org.
Last day to register for the MOVES 2017 conference, The Magic of Math
Featuring Persi Diaconis, Manjul Bhargava, and Art Benjamin!
Thursday, June 1
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.
Math Encounters: “The Great Unknown: Is there a limit to scientific and mathematical exploration?” with Marcus du Sautoy
Wednesday, June 7, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Are there limits to what we can discover about our physical universe? Are some regions of the future beyond the predictive powers of science and mathematics? Are there ideas so complex that they are beyond the conception of our finite human brains? Can brains even investigate themselves or does the analysis enter an infinite loop from which it is impossible to rescue itself? Join Marcus du Sautoy, Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford, on a mathematical journey into the Great Unknown. Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.
Math Unearthed: Uncovering the classroom math behind MoMath’s exhibits
Professional Development for educators
Thursday, June 8, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Looking for a unique staff development opportunity? Come join the National Museum of Mathematics’ Chief of Education, Nat Stahl, for a day of hands-on discovery. First, teachers will spend time learning about the math behind a few of MoMath’s unique interactive exhibits; then, they will enjoy some collaborative problem solving together. Finally, teachers will develop a working lesson plan that they can take back to their classrooms. This is a great chance for teachers to come together as professionals and share their knowledge and expertise in a fun, dynamic environment! Learn more and register at unearthed.momath.org.
Free Play: A FREE afternoon at MoMath with extended Museum hours until 6:00 pm
Thursday, June 8, 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
For one afternoon, admission to MoMath will be completely free for all visitors! Come enjoy all your favorite exhibits — and if you have friends who have never been to the Museum, there’s no better time to bring them along. Plus, MoMath will be open one hour later than usual, so you can optimize your fun.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information..