Upcoming Events at MoMath

Last Chance to see Compounding Visions!
Through September 14

Hurry down to MoMath to catch the closing weeks of Compounding Visions, the inaugural show of Composite: the Gallery at MoMath.  The show 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 out on your last chance to see the show that has the art and math communities abuzz, now through September 14.  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.

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
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), September 11 (3:00 pm and 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.  Special thanks to MakerBot for its help in making these sessions possible.

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, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:30 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.

Math Encounters: “Peeling the World” with David Swart
Wednesday, October 1, at 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

The world is filled with spherical imagery: patterns on soccer balls, panoramic photos, and even the globe itself. How can the curved surface of a sphere be flattened to fit on the planes (paper, computer screens) we use every day? What distortions do cartographers introduce when they flatten the globe, and is there a better way to represent the earth on which we live? Mathematician David Swart expertly transitions between these two types of geometry, bringing us all along as we both flatten spheres and reconstitute the round from the flat.  For more information and to register, visit mathencounters.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.  Richard Taylor, one of the inaugural winners of the $3 million Breakthrough Prize, will give a flavor of the Langlands Program in relatively concrete terms: namely, predictions about the number of solutions to polynomial congruences.  Taylor will motivate and illustrate the talk with applications to Diophantine equations.  Note that the Breakthrough Prize has recently become the most substantial prize in all of mathematics; don’t miss this chance to hear from one of only five winners in the world.  Register at powerseries.momath.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: “Great Balls of Paper!”
Friday, October 10, 6:30 pm

It’s time to get your hands dirty, digging into geometry.  Starting with simple paper units that can hook together, one can create a bewildering variety of different shapes and forms.  As we construct and explore, we will find that some things just don’t work — and we may miss something beautiful.  How can we gain some control over our exploration?  The power of math, of course!  Join mathematician Edmund Harriss and play with paper models as we start to investigate some of this mathematics, ranging from properties that have been known for over 2,000 years to more recent discoveries about four-dimensional space.  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 in Motion: a math-themed festival of short films
Sunday, October 12

Don’t miss this captivating series of short films, followed by a lively discussion. Watch this page for more details, to be posted soon.

Chaos Ball: the 2014 MoMath Gala
Tuesday, October 14, 6:00 pm

Join MoMath under the arches of the 59th Street Bridge for a celebration of the contributions of Alan Alda and Steve Strogatz to the public understanding and appreciation of mathematics. The evening will feature a conversation with the honorees and an entertaining look at the study of chaos — a focus of Professor Strogatz’s research — as well as plenty of good food, drink, and conviviality. Seating is limited; register now at gala.momath.org.

Celebration of Mind, in honor of Martin Gardner
Saturday, October 25, all day

Celebrate Martin Gardner with math, magic, puzzles, and fun, all day at MoMath, free with admission. Included in the festivities: join people from 20 sites all over the world to help create the world’s largest Menger Sponge made out of business cards!

PolyPals: Bring your toddlers and preschoolers to MoMath for weekly fun!
Tuesday afternoons (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.  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.

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.