Upcoming Events at MoMath
Spend summer falling in love with math! Rising first through eighth graders will experience the richness of mathematics through hands-on and full-body interactive activities illustrating the many connections to math. Whether you opt for Playing Smart (teaching the strategies behind your favorite math games), Geometric Crafts (bringing out the artistic side of mathematics), Puzzle Me That (riddles and puzzles for problem-solving enthusiasts), or What are the Chances? (probability and the surprising results of everyday life), your child will develop a lifelong appreciation of learning at America’s only Museum of Mathematics. Learn more and register at summercamp.momath.org.
Math Encounters: “Single Digits: The Wonders of One to Nine” with Marc Chamberland
Wednesday, September 7, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
While people get excited about numbers like pi and e, the familiar small numbers one to nine hold a magic all their own. Did you know that if you do eight perfect riffle shuffles on a deck of 52 cards, you always get the original ordering back? Or that among six people, either three of them must be all friends or three must be all strangers? And what does the perfect size of paper have to do with the square root of two? MoMath welcomes mathematician Marc Chamberland, creator of Tipping Point Math, as he helps us make special and surprising connections to each of the single digits one to nine. Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.
Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: “Number Puzzles” with Dan Zaharopol
Friday, September 9, 6:30 pm
A little bit of thinking goes a long way! Maybe you know Sudoku or KenKen. They’re fun, but once you know how to do them, you just follow the same strategy over and over. Join MoMath favorite Dan Zaharopol as he returns to guide us through all kinds of new and different puzzles. But beware: you’ll need to be creative and clever to come up with strategies to solve these intriguing challenges. Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.
Admission is free for grandparents and up to two grandchildren to visit the Museum together during grandparents’ weekend! No registration is required, but please note that space may be limited.
Significant Figures preview: Experience a special educator-led session designed for grandparents to enjoy together with their grandchildren at 11:30 am or 2:00 pm. Advance registration is required for these programs, and there is an $8/person fee. Space is limited! Registrants will be accepted first come, first served. Learn more and register at grandparents.momath.org.
Fourth through eighth graders, sign up now for the first of MoMath’s Transformations fall camps, where you will enjoy hands-on fun in mathematics. Kick off your back-to-school with “Geometric Crafts” on Monday, September 12th, and take advantage of the 30% early bird discount. Register at camps.momath.org.
Special guest on September 14: Will Shortz, NY Times crossword puzzle editor
Significant Figures is a series of twelve educator-led workshops offered to seniors. Workshops are held weekly from 3:45 to 4:45 pm from September 14 through December 21. On the first Wednesday of each month, full-session registrants are invited to enjoy reserved priority seating for Math Encounters with a special opportunity to meet the presenter right before the program begins. Sign up now for individual workshops or for the full or half series and receive a discount. And if you sign up now for the debut event, you’ll have an opportunity to meet Will Shortz, NY Times crossword puzzle editor! Learn more and register at significantfigures.momath.org.
Harmonic Series: “Einstein’s Light: Bruce Adolphe’s Music from the Nickolas Barris Film”
Wednesday, September 14, 7:00 pm in Engleman Recital Hall at the Baruch Performing Arts Center
Albert Einstein said, “If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.” Einstein played violin all his life and was particularly devoted to the music of Mozart and Bach. In this multi-media presentation, violinist Mark Steinberg of the Brentano String Quartet and pianist Marija Stroke perform Bruce Adolphe’s score for the film Einstein’s Light, with stunning visualizations by Nickolas Barris projected on screen. Learn more and register at harmonic.momath.org.
Join MoMath for coffee, cookies, and a discussion of Logicomix: An epic search for truth by Apostles Doxiadis and Christos Papadimitriou. This exceptional graphic novel recounts the spiritual odyssey of philosopher Bertrand Russell. In his agonized search for absolute truth, Russell crosses paths with legendary thinkers like Gottlob Frege, David Hilbert, and Kurt Gödel and finds a passionate student in the great Ludwig Wittgenstein. But his most ambitious goal — to establish unshakable logical foundations of mathematics — continues to loom before him. Through love and hate, peace and war, Russell persists in the dogged mission that threatens to claim both his career and his personal happiness, finally driving him to the brink of insanity. Learn more and register at volumes.momath.org.
On Friday, September 16, the Museum’s newest exhibit, Twisted Thruway, will open to the public. Get behind the wheel while exploring two unique tracks: the surface of a Möbius strip and the surface created by a trefoil knot. Enjoy a “driver’s eye” view as the cars wind their way around these unusual mathematical paths. Members, avoid long lines and enjoy a special sneak preview on Thursday, September 15, at 6:30 pm, before the exhibit opens to the public the next day. Members can register at thruway.momath.org.
The Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival allows young people to develop their talent for mathematics by providing problems, puzzles, and activities that are intriguing and accessible. The focus is on creating a collaborative, non-competitive atmosphere to explore the joys and power of mathematics. This mathematics festival is most appropriate for middle school students, but high school students will also find some challenging problems to explore. You can find out more about the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival and register at juliarobinson.momath.org.
Free Play: a FREE afternoon at MoMath, brought to you by Citadel
Tuesday, September 20, 2:00 pm to 7:00 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. Free Play is made possible through the generous support of Citadel.
Teachers, learn how to combine physical activities with mathematics! Join educator Rachel McCann as she shares her unique approach to combining mathematics and numeracy with fundamental movement skills, cooperation, and game play. Learn more and register at movement.momath.org.
What can fashionable ideas, blind faith, or pure fantasy possibly have to do with the scientific quest to understand the universe? Surely, theoretical physicists are immune to mere trends, dogmatic beliefs, or flights of fancy? In fact, acclaimed physicist and bestselling author Roger Penrose argues that researchers working at the extreme frontiers of physics are just as susceptible to these forces as anyone else. In his provocative new book, he argues that fashion, faith, and fantasy, while sometimes productive and even essential in physics, may be leading today’s researchers astray in three of the field’s most important areas—string theory, quantum mechanics, and cosmology. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from Roger Penrose, creator of MoMath’s popular aperiodic (non-repeating) Penrose tiles, then join him at a free reception following the talk. Learn more and register at penrose.momath.org.
Homeschool students, now you too can experience the excitement of a MoMath field trip! Attend the Summations program and spend the afternoon perusing MoMath’s engaging interactive exhibits along with other homeschool families. Registration includes admission to an exploratory, hands-on classroom experience led by one of MoMath’s specially-trained educators. Space for workshops is limited and registration is required to attend: summations.momath.org.
Last day to submit your song for Open Set, MoMath’s annual mathematical song contest
Friday, September 30
Make math your muse! MoMath is now accepting submissions for its annual mathematical song competition, Open Set. Write your own words to a favorite tune or compose your own melody; the only rules are that the lyrics must be original and must be about math or a mathematical concept. The winners will be announced and will have a chance to perform their winning songs at an open mic night at MoMath. Submissions will be accepted through September 30. Submit your song at openset.momath.org.
Math Encounters: “3D Shadows: Casting Light on the Fourth Dimension” with Henry Segerman
Wednesday, October 5, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Living in a three-dimensional environment, we’re all very good at visualizing two- and three-dimensional objects. But how can we understand four-dimensional objects? Join mathematician Henry Segerman as he casts light on the fourth dimension, using 3D-printed shadows to squish four-dimensional shapes into our three-dimensional world. Along the way, explore fantastical sculptures, intriguing puzzles, and virtual reality experiences that come from thinking about these extra-dimensional shadows. Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.
Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: “Chameleon Cubes” with Harold Reiter
Friday, October 7, 6:30 pm
Let’s get creative with cubes! Use three colors to decorate the faces of 27 small cubes, then put them together to form a 3x3x3 cube. But wait, there’s a catch: can you color the little cubes so that the large cube looks like it’s all one color? Can you change it to a different color? How about the third color? Join mathematician Harold Reiter as he takes us on a colorful journey into the combinatorial properties of cubes. Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.
Volumes, the MoMath book club: Fluke: The Math and Myth of Coincidences
Thursday, October 13, 6:00 pm
Fluke, this month’s selection for Volumes, the MoMath book club, is not a fluke. It is an entertaining guide to the most surprising moments in our lives. Join us and special Volumes guest, Fluke’s author Joseph Mazur, to talk about chance and coincidence in a casual setting with coffee and cookies. Fluke will surprise you! You will learn, for instance that DNA matching is not always clear evidence of guilt in court; and that meeting an acquaintance on your only trip to Disneyland may not be as unlikely as you thought. You won’t want to miss this edition of Volumes! Learn more and register at volumes.momath.org.
The Insides of Things: the Art of Miguel Berrocal in Composite, the gallery at MoMath
Opening Thursday, October 13, 6:30 pm
Join MoMath for the opening of The Insides of Things: The Art of Miguel Berrocal. Featuring the work of Spanish sculptor Miguel Berrocal, MoMath’s newest art exhibit will showcase the masterful craftsmanship of Berrocal’s art. Try your hand at assembling and disassembling a giant replica of one of Berrocal’s stunning works and see why this piece has something in common with MoMath’s Enigma Café. Don’t miss this intriguing new show in Composite, the gallery at MoMath: register now to attend the opening reception. Admission is free to this event, but registration is required. Learn more and register at berrocal.momath.org.
The National Museum of Mathematics wishes to thank the late Samuel Sensiper for his donation of the Berrocal collection as well as Michele and Stan Rosen for supporting the opening reception in his memory.
Join Matt Parker, stand-up comedian, author, and mathematician as he returns to MoMath to delight us with his unique brand of mathematical humor. Matt appears regularly on TV and online, he’s a presenter on the Discovery Channel, and his YouTube videos have been viewed over 25 million times. Matt will be combining his joint loves of math and comedy as he shares some of the most interesting and entertaining bits of mathematics he’s come across this year. Learn more and register at standup.momath.org.
Come out to support the nation’s only Museum of Math and hear what Nate Silver, editor-in-chief of ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight blog and a Special Correspondent for ABC News, has to say, just two weeks before the election. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy good company, great food, some MoMath-style election-themed fun, plus another entertaining performance by Pete Muller. Tickets on sale now: gala.momath.org.
Expansions: MoMath’s program to engage and challenge NYC’s brightest math students
Fall session starts the week of September 20
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. Prospective students whose applications are received by September 7 may skip the requirement for a teacher recommendation form and will be eligible for a 30% priority registration discount if enrolled by September 16. The fall session of Expansions begins on September 20. 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.
Do you have a great idea for a mathematical art show? Send it to MoMath! MoMath is seeking proposals for a show in Composite, the gallery at MoMath, to begin approximately one year from now. Applications are open here: applycomposite.momath.org.
Events, birthday parties, and more
Looking to host a one-of-a-kind event where your guests can interact with over 30 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, lazer-cutting parties, and bar/bat mitzvahs. Who knew math could be this much fun? Email email@example.com for more information.