Upcoming Events at MoMath

Math Encounters: “Mystery of the Masses” with Donald Saari
Wednesday, December 2, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Those puzzling voting paradoxes demonstrate a problem: the voting systems we use may not result in the election of the most favored candidate.  A surprising fact is that using mathematics to understand why these voting anomalies arise also creates a framework for examining other mysteries, including the question of dark matter.  Explore the power of mathematics as Donald Saari challenges received wisdom about the very nature of our universe.  Refreshments follow the afternoon presentation ofMath Encounters; arrive by 6:30 pm for refreshments preceding the evening presentation.  Register at mathencounters.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: “Suspended Geometry”
Friday, December 11, 6:30 pm

Tensegrity is a way of building things that lets you design mind-bending three-dimensional structures with support beams that mutually suspend each other with only the help of rope or wire.  Build up from the basics and stretch your geometric intuition to create fascinating symmetric forms. This hands-on activity won two ribbons at the 2014 Maker Faire, and it might just change the way you think about structure.  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.

Winter Wonderlamp returns!
Sunday, December 13 – Tuesday, December 15

Winter’s looking brighter already!  Fold together symmetry, origami, light, stability, translations and more as last year’s popular geometric lamp-making activity returns for a full three days of possibilities.

Families: Choose from two upcoming workshops on Sunday, December 13!  Use patience and iterative folding techniques to create stunning paper lamps to take home.
Teachers: Bring a Wonderlamp workshop to your school, or attend teacher training workshops to learn how to bring this project to your classes.

Learn more and register at wonderlamp.momath.org.

The Harmonic Series: Concerts & Conversations with MoMath
Wednesday, December 16, 7:00 pm
Please note that this event will take place at the Baruch Performing Arts Center, Engelman Recital Hall

Math and music join forces for the Harmonic Series, an exciting new quarterly program presented by MoMath. Hosted by public radio’s “Piano Puzzler,” Bruce Adolphe, the opening concert will feature Noam Elkies, a mathematician, composer, and the youngest-ever tenured professor at Harvard; and Orli Shaham, an acclaimed pianist and the host of Dial-A-Musician, in conversation and performance.  On Beethoven’s birthday, enjoy the best of both worlds as these talented minds play live music and participate in an ongoing discussion about the artistic and logical intersections of these two disciplines.  This event will be followed by a wine and cheese reception.  Register for this performance, or sign up now for all four quarterly performances at a special introductory rate, at harmonic.momath.org.

Solstice Stars
Tuesday, December 22, 6:30 pm
Please note that this event will take place at the Flatiron North Plaza

If you liked Pythagorize the Flatiron or the Pi Day of the Century, join MoMath for another giant group celebration. Commemorate the Winter Solstice with math and light as we create a stunning display that celebrates the sun, geometry, and our local community.  This special mathematical celebration will be part of the 23 Days of Flatiron Cheer.  Watch for more details and register at solstice.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?  New: laser-cutting parties are now available.  Send guests home with their own custom laser-cut party favors!  For more information, contact events@momath.org.