Math Encounters

Math Encounters is MoMath’s popular public presentation series celebrating the spectacular world of mathematics, produced with support from the Simons Foundation. For further information, call the National Museum of Mathematics at (212) 542-0566 or e-mail mathencounters@momath.org.
 
Next presentation:
 

“Toy Models: Extracting Mathematical Surprises from Everyday Life” May 7 at 4:00 PM
by Tadashi Tokieda

 
“Toy Models: Extracting Mathematical Surprises from Everyday Life” May 7 at 6:30 PM
by Tadashi Tokieda

 
Rediscover the world through the eyes of a child as Tadashi Tokieda shares his “toys,” showing how everyday objects can reveal intriguing behaviors that set physicists and mathematicians thinking for days.
 

 

Photography notice

By registering for a Math Encounters presentation, you agree that you may be photographed or videotaped by Museum staff and associates.

 

Books by the speakers

We are happy to offer books edited or authored by Math Encounters speakers through our online shop.

 

Math Encounters available on YouTube and DVD

Math Encounters presentations are generally posted to our YouTube page within 1-2 months of filming. Due to copyright issues, some presentations may not be reproduced on the Internet. Presentations posted online are also available for purchase via our online shop. Click here to purchase yours today!

 

Previous Math Encounters Presentations

• 2014 April 2 – The Mathematics of Networks
• 2014 March 5 – Modeling the Melt
• 2014 February 5 – Patterns and Disorder
• 2014 January 8 – Linear Thinking
• 2013 December 4 – Secrets of Mental Math
• 2013 November 6 – Encountering Dalí in the Fourth Dimension
• 2013 October 2 – String Theory and the Mathematics of Hyperspace
• 2013 September 4 – A Surreptitious Sequence: The Catalan Numbers
• 2013 August 7 – The Cosmic Distance Ladder
• 2013 July 3 – From Flapping Birds to Space Telescopes
• 2013 June 5 – Calculated Deceptions
• 2013 May 1 – Chance, Choice, & Children
• 2013 April 3 – Laundry Math
• 2013 March 6 – Math in the Movies
• 2013 February 6 – Ingenious Mathematics
• 2013 January 2 – Random Search, Ordered Results
• 2012 December 5 – Doing Math in Public
• 2012 October 3 – Grabbing the Analytical Edge
• 2012 September 5 – Harmony From Numbers
• 2012 July 31-August 1 – The Topology of Twisted Toroids
• 2012 July 11 – Intuition Gone Awry: Puzzles that S-T-R-E-T-C-H Your Mind
• 2012 June 6 – Blown Away: What Knot to Do When Sailing
• 2012 May 2 – Shape Transformers: Forms That Fold Two Ways
• 2012 April 4 – Proofs from The BOOK: Putting Pieces Together
• 2012 March 7 – ABC Easy as 123
• 2012 February 1 – The Shape of Space
• 2012 January 4 – Revolution and Evolution in Math and Design
• 2011 December 7 – Five Balls, Two Hands: The Patterns of Juggling
• 2011 November 2 – Creating the Illusion of Life with Math & Programming
• 2011 October 5 – Mathematical Morsels from The Simpsons and Futurama
• 2011 September 6-7 – Fibonacci & the Golden Ratio Exposed
• 2011 July 6 – Points to Paints
• 2011 June 8 – Soap Bubbles and Mathematics
• 2011 May 4 – The Man Who Loved Only Numbers
• 2011 April 7 – Symmetry, Art, & Illusion
• 2011 March 3-4 – The Geometry of Origami