Upcoming Events at MoMath
MoMath’s Math Explorations, previously exclusive to school field trips, are now open to the public! Join one of MoMath’s specially-trained educators in an exploratory, hands-on classroom experience to discover the wonder of mathematics. On Wednesday, February 22, at 2:00 pm, a special 45-minute Math Explorations session will be available for families on winter break. The discounted ticket prices for this session are $14 for children and $20 for adults. These prices include all-day admission to the museum. Learn more and register at momath.org/winter-break-math-explorations.
Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: Hidden Figures, Young Readers’ Edition by Margot Lee Shetterly
Wednesday, February 22, 4:30 pm
Before John Glenn orbited the earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. Start reading now so that you can join the fun, with pizza and ice cream to follow. If you liked the movie, you’ll love the book! Learn more and register at tweenprimes.momath.org.
The mysterious powers of mathematics and its application to art were favorite subjects in the court of Milan when Luca Pacioli and Leonardo da Vinci were there in the late 1490s. Hundreds of years later, making models can still help us understand mathematics. MoMath welcomes Dutch artist Rinus Roelofs, whose work exemplifies the connection between math and art, as he guides us all in making our own Leonardo-style polyhedral models. Learn more and register at leonardo.momath.org.
MoMath Masters benefit tournament, hosted by Will Shortz
Tuesday, February 28, 6:00 pm at Tribeca Rooftop
Join USA IMO two-time gold-medal-winning coach Po Shen Loh and The New York Times’ Will Shortz for another edition of the one-of-a-kind MoMath Masters, the exciting annual competition and charitable fundraiser! Put your thinking caps on for this fun-filled night, from the entertaining cocktail round right through to the challenging and suspenseful finals. Participate or just come to watch; a good time is had by all. Reserve your seats now at masters.momath.org.
Math Encounters: “Real-Time Math Discovery: A Hands-On Adventure in Experimental Mathematics” with Stephen Wolfram
Wednesday, March 1, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Want to participate in discovering some new math in real time? Join Stephen Wolfram, creator of Mathematica, Wolfram|Alpha, and the Wolfram Language, in an unscripted adventure in experimental mathematics. Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.
Family Fridays: “The Mathematical Mysteries of a U.S. $1 Bill!” with Dave Masunaga
Friday, March 3, 6:30 pm
What do Michael Jordan, Brad Pitt, Lisa Kudrow, Quentin Tarantino, and Conan O’Brien have in common? They are all as old as the modern U.S. $1 bill! Money intrigues and motivates everyone, young and old. Who could have predicted that our common $1 bill could have a multitude of arithmetic, geometric, and origami connections? Award-winning educator Dave Masunaga returns to share the amazing story behind this rectangle, what it has to do with radar and bowties, and when $1 can be worth much more than a dollar! Samples will be handed out. Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.
Do you love games and logic puzzles? Does your Rubik’s Cube never leave your side? Have you tried memorizing all 25 prime numbers up to 100? 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 new program just for 6th through 9th graders. The best part? No parents allowed! Learn more and register at unlimited.momath.org.
Free Play: a FREE afternoon at MoMath with extended Museum hours until 6:00 pm
Thursday, March 9, 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 two hours later than usual, so you can optimize your fun.
Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: The Adventures of Penrose the Mathematical Cat by Theoni Pappas
Wednesday, March 22, 4:30 pm
Penrose, a cat with a knack for math, takes you on an adventurous tour of mathematical concepts from fractals to infinity. Good reads, pizza, ice cream, and more…if your young adult hasn’t yet explored this engaging program, now is a great time to start! Learn more and register at tweenprimes.momath.org.
Volumes, the MoMath book club: The Mind-Body Problem by Rebecca Goldstein
Thursday, March 23, 6:00 pm
Renee Feuer is a spirited but floundering Princeton graduate student when she first catches the eye of living math legend Noam Himmel. Their courtship is an intellectual one, spiced with heady discussions on philosophy and math with an occasional dash of physics thrown in. Once the blush of new romance wears off, however, Renee finds intellectual theory wanting as she struggles to come to terms with her orthodox Jewish upbringing, her own sexuality, and the husband who is physically present but mentally absent as he works on his next great theory. Learn more and register at volumes.momath.org.
Do you love games and logic puzzles? Does your Rubik’s Cube never leave your side? Have you tried memorizing all 25 prime numbers up to 100? 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 new program just for 6th through 9th graders. The best part? No parents allowed! Registration opens March 5.
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: “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.
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.
A modern classic, Einstein’s Dreams is 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, it 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.
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. 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.
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 email@example.com for more information..