Upcoming Events at MoMath

Meet the Author! Rod Kimball, author of Path Puzzles
Monday, February 15, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Rod Kimball, author of Path Puzzles and former MoMath employee, will be signing copies of his book at MoMath on Monday, February 15 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Learn about path puzzles from their creator and get an autographed copy. If you like Sudoku or Ken Ken but you’re ready for something new, you’re going to love Path Puzzles. Rod has made puzzles for Games Magazine, Reader’s Digest Canada, The National Museum of Mathematics, the Unemployed Philosopher’s Guild, and NPRs ‘Ask Me Another’. These days, Rod tours the world juggling with the Flying Karamazov Brothers, but he’s never forgotten his love of math.

MoMath Masters
Tuesday, February 23, 6:00 pm at Tribeca Rooftop

Join MoMath for the 2016 MoMath Masters Tournament, the exciting annual competition and charitable fundraiser! Get your thinking caps on for this fun-filled night, from the entertaining cocktail round right through to the challenging and suspenseful finals. Will Shortz returns as this year’s host — but who will win? Space is limited, so reserve your seats now at masters.momath.org.

Volumes, the MoMath book club
Thursday, February 25, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Love mathematics and books? Looking for a stimulating and fun discussion? Volumes, the MoMath book club, is just the thing for you. This reading group is designed especially for those who are interested in mathematics and science and how it affects our lives. No prior math or science background is necessary.  We will be discussing The Silicon Jungle: A Novel of Deception, Power, and Internet Intrigue by Saleet Baluja. Register at volumes.momath.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: “Coloring Outside the Sines”
Friday, February 26, 6:30 pm

Coloring meets mathematics! Start with a series of delightful images and explore their details and patterns through coloring. Then learn about the mathematical ideas used to construct them: from the incredible structure of four dimensions to seven-fold Venn diagrams, you’ll be surprised how much you can learn simply by putting colored pencils to paper.  Join mathematician and artist Edmund Harriss as he shares some of his favorite images from Patterns of the Universe, the stunning new coloring book he recently published with British writer and broadcaster Alex Bellos. 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: “Mathematical Magic: The Two-Way Street between Math and Illusion” with Erik Demaine
Wednesday, March 2, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

There’s math behind the magic! MIT professor Erik Demaine takes us down a mathematical path that leads us to magic, then heads back the other way to show how analyzing a magic trick can lead to some fun and challenging mathematics.  His bag of tricks will include cards, coins, rope, paper folding, and even juggling as he shows us the hidden math within the magic.  Register at mathencounters.org.

Harmonic Series “Sam Zygmuntowicz: The Math, Science, and Art of Violin Making”  
Wednesday, March 9, 7:00 pm
Engelman Recital Hall, Baruch Performing Arts Center

How does a small wooden box help a violinist fill a concert hall with music? Harmonic Series host Bruce Adolphe welcomes violinmaker Samuel Zygmuntowicz as he takes us into the hidden inner workings of the violin. The conversation will explore geometric principles of violin design that date back to the Renaissance, modern technologies that reveal everything from vibration patterns to the internal contours of wood, and how new techniques combine with violinmakers’ traditional skills to make instruments rivaling the Old Masters. Zygmuntowicz gets into detail in this special presentation in which modern science meets ancient tradition. And, hearing is believing: enjoy a special performance by the incomparable violinist Daniel Phillips on both Stradivarius and Zygmuntowicz violins. Register at harmonic.momath.org.

Happy Pi Day with MoMath
Sunday, March 13

Come join in the Museum’s weekend celebrations in honor of the upcoming Pi Day 2016 on 3/14/16, the one date this entire century that most closely approximates pi (which rounded to four decimal places is 3.1416). All events free with Museum admission.

10:15 am Meaning of Pi

A short audience-participatory demonstration that will bring to life what pi is, what it does, how we know about it, and at least two-and-a-half surprising facts about pi.

11:30 am Rhythmic Rotations

Check out MoMath’s hula-hooping contest in honor of pi, the circular constant. You’ve never seen hoops this big! How far must your hips travel to twirl the biggest hoop? Pi tells you the answer. Pi-morabilia prizes for the top hoopers! Meet in MoMath’s lobby but dress warmly: Rhythmic Rotations will be held outdoors, weather permitting.

12:45 pm Apollonian Apertures

Join MoMath to build Apollonian Apertures, the 9-foot fractal circles-within-circles sculpture that embodies a minor miracle of mapmaking. The sculpture you help to build will remain on display in the Museum through Pi Day.

Volumes, the MoMath book club
Thursday, March 24, 6:00 pm

Get a jump start on your reading for this third meeting of Volumes, the MoMath book club. We will be discussing The Man Who Counted: A Collection of Mathematical Adventures by Malba Tahan. And be sure to join us for coffee, tea, and cookies afterwards.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: “Spiraling into Art and Nature”
Friday, March 25, 6:30 pm

Why do we see spirals so often in the world around us? What is so singular about their geometry that makes them recur in many contexts? John Edmark, inventor, artist, and professor of design at Stanford, will guide participants in constructing their own spirals, following the hidden recipes that nature uses in creating pinecones, artichokes, pineapples, and more. Along the way, you’ll discover the subtle connections between these spirals, the Fibonacci series, and the golden ratio. Come and share in the beauty that has catapulted Prof. Edmark’s latest video, “Blooms: Strobe-Animated Sculptures,” to over 14 million views online. 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.


Expansions: MoMath’s program to engage and challenge NYC’s brightest math students
Thursday afternoons (K-12, separated by level)

Reinvent math class with Expansions, MoMath’s afternoon gifted program.  Featuring programs for all mathematically gifted students currently enrolled in kindergarten through 8th grade, the Expansions workshops are designed and delivered by MoMath’s educational team to challenge and inspire students, and to 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.  Admission is by application only.  Apply now and register for fall 2015 classes; to learn more and submit an application, visit expansions.momath.org.

Note: Expansions may be expanding! If you are interested in Tuesday or high school sessions of Expansions, please email expansions@momath.org.

Create a show at Composite, the gallery at MoMath

Do you have a great idea for a mathematical art show?  Send it to MoMath!  MoMath is seeking proposals for a show in the Composite gallery, to begin approximately one year from now.  Applications are now open: applycomposite.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.