Upcoming Events at MoMath

Compounding Visions extended by popular demand!
Through September 14

The National Museum of Mathematics is delighted to extend the inaugural show of Composite: the Gallery at MoMath through September 14.  The show, Compounding Visions, features the work of artists and master draftsmen Ryan and Trevor Oakes.  The artists, twin brothers, have built their career upon their mutual fascination with vision, light, space, and depth.  Don’t miss this chance to see the show that has the art and math communities abuzz.  Read more: The Huffington Post, Identical Twins Combine Art and Math in Hypnotic Exhibition (May 29).

Don’t miss the closing reception for Compounding Visions on Thursday, September 11, at 6:30 pm. All are welcome! See more details below or at oakesclosing.momath.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: “FlexiFun: A Night of Creative Construction”
Friday, August 22, 6:30 pm

Flex your creative muscles with Flexure – the flexible new wonder toy – and construct bouncy, wiggly, suction-y models during an evening of hands-on, play-based learning.  Join Richard Elaver, the designer who created this unusual new building toy, in assembling some imaginative structures — everything from molecular models and the Platonic solids to models of puppies and rocket ships.  Have fun exploring two-dimensional and three-dimensional geometry, and maybe learn a little about the mathematical concepts underlying toy design along the way.  Recommended for ages 3 – 13, but all ages are welcome.  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.

Math Encounters: “Movie Magic” with Eitan Grinspun
Wednesday, September 3, at 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Visit a world where mathematics and entertainment intersect: the world of modern computer-based animation.  Join mathematician Eitan Grinspun as he takes us on a journey through the intertwined history of mathematics and animation, from early hand drawings to the latest sophisticated renderings of three-dimensional surfaces on two-dimensional screens, and beyond that to the perplexing questions that mathematicians research today to create the animations of tomorrow.  For more information and to register, visit mathencounters.org.

Cross Product: MoMath’s 3D printing introductory workshops
Thursday, September 11, 3:00 pm; Sunday, September 14, 3:00 pm; Wednesday, September 17, 7:00 pm; waitlist only for September 4 (7:00 pm), September 7 (3:00 pm), and September 11 (7:00 pm)

Were you intrigued by MoMath’s recent Math Encounters presentation on 3D printing?  Do you want to learn to make your own 3D prints?  Now, you can!  This two-hour introductory-level session will provide instruction for creating a 3D-printed design, as well as the opportunity to print your own 3D model.  Attendees will participate in groups of one to three people.  Each group will share one computer and share in the creation of one design.  The session will introduce participants to interactive 3D modeling software, to sending a design to a 3D printer, and to the 3D printing process.  If you can’t make it to an open session, join the waitlist to ensure that more classes will be created.  For more information and to register, visit 3D.momath.org.

ITSPHUN debut at MoMath
Saturday, September 6, all day

MoMath is excited to announce the debut of ITSPHUN, the newest addition to MoMath’s Structure Studio!  ITSPHUN lets you interlock triangles, squares, pentagons, and hexagons to create unique and eye-catching geometric structures.  Explore length, area, angles, polygons, polyhedra, and more in a fun and visually inspiring way. Warning: playing with patterns and symmetry is fun, but it can be addictive!

Sneak preview on Thursday, September 4 at 7:30 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 this unique new construction system. RSVP required: email membership@momath.org.

Solve for XX: A Celebration of Women in Mathematics
Saturday, September 6, 11:00 am, includes pizza lunch

Meet three accomplished female mathematicians at this informal lunch and discussion session.  Marjorie Senechal (Smith College and Editor in Chief of the Mathematical Intelligencer), Reidun Twarock (University of York, England), and Jean Taylor (NYU and Rutgers University) will be on hand to chat about recent revelations of geometry in nature.  Hear how they’ve used math to study the shapes of viruses and foams, to investigate the internal structures of crystals and quasicrystals, and to understand why icosahedra are the stem cells of the solid state, and learn why these women think mathematics is the most exciting thing a person can do.  If there’s a young woman you know whose interest might be sparked, don’t miss this opportunity to interact with some of the top female mathematicians around.  See more at solve.momath.org.

Unbounded: An Evening at MoMath (21+)
Saturday, September 6, 8:00 – 10:30 pm

Don’t miss September’s adult-only night at the Museum, with special demos on the math of bubbles, free refreshments from Neuman’s Kitchen, and appearances from noted mathematicians Jean Taylor and Frank Morgan.  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.  This Unbounded will also include a public celebration of the 70th birthday of prominent mathematician Jean Taylor, whose research advances the understanding of soap bubble clusters and three-dimensional crystals and quasicrystals.  Mathematical know-how is not required at Unbounded — fun, adventure, exploration, and play are in store for all who come.  For more information and to register, visit unbounded.momath.org.

Judgment Call: How the NBA uses analytics to improve referee performance
Sunday, September 7, 6:30 pm

Imagine if your career involved making 6,000 split-second decisions every night, with millions of people judging your performance. Imagine if those decisions were further recorded, compiled, and analyzed to detect areas for improvement. Sound like a fun job? That’s how it goes for NBA referees. Join Steven Angel, the National Basketball Association’s SVP of Referee Operations and Analytics, as he explains how the league uses analytics to monitor and improve referee performance, describes the factors that influence fan perception of referee performance, and shares some common beliefs about referees that can be proven false (and sometimes true!) with data. Register at referee.momath.org.

Composite Chat: Math meets art in this intimate conversation with the Oakes twins
Wednesday, September 10, 5:30 pm

Before MoMath says goodbye to Compounding Visions, join featured artists Ryan and Trevor Oakes for one last discussion about the mathematical ramifications of their work.  The artists, who have spent the summer drawing in the park, will give a presentation about the use of color in their latest concave drawings.  Don’t miss this chance to peer more closely at the ways in which math and art meet, intertwine, and enrich each other.  For further information, see oakeschatsept.momath.org.

The Story Collider at MoMath (21+)
Wednesday, September 10, 7:30 – 10:00 pm

Science and math surround us.  Even when we don’t notice it, they touch almost every part of our lives.  The Story Collider believes that everyone has a story about math or science, and that the best way to tell those stories is to gather with friends and drinks to hear funny, or sometimes heartbreaking, stories told live on stage.  The Story Collider and MoMath are collaborating to bring you an evening of math-centric stories, brought to you by a broad range of storytellers — from those who’ve made math their lives, to those who thought they hated it but later found its beauty.  For more information and to register, visit story.momath.org.

Compounding Visions Closing Reception
Thursday, September 11, at 6:30 pm

Ryan and Trevor Oakes’ Compounding Visions, the first show in Composite: the Gallery at MoMath, is coming to an end.  Join MoMath to celebrate the show’s success at a closing reception sponsored by Morgan Stanley and the House of the Nobleman, and admire the Oakes brothers’ explorations of perspective and structure one last time.  Space is limited, so register soon. For more information and to register, visit oakesclosing.momath.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: “Crowdsourcing Origami”
Friday, September 12, 6:30 pm

Business cards help us make personal connections, but how about making geometric connections?  Join MIT-trained software engineer Dr. Jeannine Mosely as she shows us her novel method of linking traditional business card cubes to create gigantic origami sculptures.  Dr. Mosely’s crowdsourced constructions have spanned from the west coast to the east, and include a model of Worcester’s Union Station made from over 60,000 cards!  Come learn how it’s done, and explore the endless possibilities for combining cubes into more intricate structures.  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.

MoMath Winton Power Series: “Primes and Equations” with Richard Taylor
Sunday, October 5, 5:30 pm

For over 50 years, one of the most vibrant areas of mathematical research has been the Langlands Program, which posits a remarkable connection between the study of algebraic equations and the study of symmetries of certain non-Euclidean spaces.  Breakthrough Prize recipient Richard Taylor will give a flavor of the Langlands Program in relatively concrete terms: namely, predictions about the number of solutions to polynomial congruences.  Applications to Diophantine equations will illustrate and motivate the ideas presented.  Register at powerseries.momath.org.

PolyPals: Bring your toddlers and preschoolers to MoMath for weekly fun!
Tuesday mornings in August; Tuesday afternoons in September (Ages 2 – 4)

PolyPals, MoMath’s program for pre-K children, has taken off in 2014.  Meeting every Tuesday, PolyPals 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 pre-schoolers 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.  During the month of August, PolyPals will take place in the mornings.  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)

2014 brought the launch of MoMath’s after-school gifted program, Expansions.  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.

Transformations Summer Camp
Register now for the summer’s remaining sessions

MoMath’s exciting day camp is going strong!  Fourth through eighth graders are invited to experience the richness of mathematics at MoMath, where the exhibits will be augmented with hands-on education sessions, and programs in art, music, and dance.  For further information and to register, visit transformations.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.