2018-10 October

Dear MoMath friends,

Math is all around us!  Don’t miss Fields Medalist Manjul Bhargava’s eight-week minicourse on math and magic — a perennial favorite of the Princeton crowd — or the season opener of Quadrivium, MoMath’s Math plus Music Salon hosted by Marcus Miller and featuring Latin percussionist Bobby Sanabria (seven-time Grammy Award nominee) and drummer Andrew Atkinson (Hamilton on Broadway).  For the literary crowd, there’s a triple play of author events, with astrophysicist Brian Keating, bestselling author Jim Holt, and UK mathematician Hannah Fry all coming to discuss their books.  And back to school means back to math for students, too, who can explore the intersection of math, design, and computer programming in the all-new Symmetry Code workshop, sit back and enjoy the comedy of Math on Stage with Matt Parker and friends, or explore all-new games and activities during MoMath’s teen-only social night.  All this and more are in store this fall at the museum America’s buzzing about: buzzfeed.momath.org.

Tue, Oct 2 Maths Inspiration, Live on Stage!  featuring math comedian Matt Parker
Tue, Oct 2 Live at MoMath: Matt Parker returns! — an evening of math and stand-up comedy
Wed, Oct 3 Math Encounters: “Calculated Risk: Living is a Dangerous Business” with Jen Rogers
Sat, Oct 6 Global Math Week kickoff celebration in San Jose, CA
Wed, Oct 10 thru Tue, Oct 16 Global Math Week — help us reach 10 million people!
Thu, Oct 11 The Math of Particle Physics, with CERN researcher James Beacham
Fri, Oct 12 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “No Duck Can Waltz! — Lewis Carroll’s Logic Puzzles” with Chaim Goodman-Strauss
Sun, Oct 14 Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: Letters to a Young Mathematician by Ian Stewart
Sun, Oct 14 Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for students in 6th through 9th grades
Thu, Oct 18 Volumesthe MoMath book club
 Sun, Oct 21  “Catch that Ghost” — a MoMath puzzle hunt throughout midtown Manhattan, especially for families
 Mon, Oct 22  Po-Shen Loh, coach of the three-time gold medal USA IMO team, returns to MoMath for a special presentation
 Tue, Oct 23  2018 MoMath Gala, hosted by Peter Muller and featuring retired NFL professional John Urschel
 Wed, Oct 24  Math Gym, a workout for your brain!
 Mon, Oct 29
to Wed, Oct 31
MATRIX 2018: MoMath’s biennial math outreach conference in Barcelona, Spain

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New this fall!  Math Gym, a workout for your brain!
Students, spend an hour at MoMath independently working on engaging and beautiful math problems, hand-selected by MoMath’s advisory council of math PhDs.  Choose whichever problem you like from a specially curated selection and work under the guidance and with the mentorship of one of MoMath’s expert PhD mathematicians.  If you love math and want to experience the incredible joy of mathematical discovery, you won’t want to miss this new monthly program.  Dates will vary from month to month; program debuts September 26 and returns the following month on October 24.  Register today at workout.momath.org.

Symmetry Code: Exploring Symmetry Using the Wolfram Language
Evening options (Friday, September 14 OR Thursday, September 27, 6:15 pm)
Weekend options (Sunday, September 16 OR Saturday, September 22, 9:00 am)

Students in grades 7 through 12 are invited to a three-hour course during which they will learn how computer programming can be used for explorations into mathematical topics.  Using the Mathematica programming language, students will explore the topic of symmetry and introductory computing, plus take home a t-shirt with their very own MoMath logo design!  Learn more and register at symmetry.momath.org.  Scholarships available for students in need, courtesy of our friends at BNY Mellon.

PolyPals
Weekly, beginning in September

PolyPals is back!  The popular MoMath program for toddlers and preschoolers returns.  Recent studies have shown that a child’s math skills upon entering kindergarten can be a strong predictor of future academic performance in both math and reading throughout the elementary grades.  Math learning promotes working memory, improves attention, and increases other basic cognitive skills.  PolyPals offers the opportunity to listen to math-themed stories and have fun exploring the concepts behind them.  Engage your toddlers and preschoolers in these playful activities to help them develop a strong foundation.  Children will participate in songs, stories, and activities tied to a different theme each week.  Patterns, shapes, numbers, and more — PolyPalsis a great way to enrich your child’s day with mathematical inspiration.  Details and registration coming soon to polypals.momath.org.

Apply now to Expansions: MoMath’s innovative program to engage and challenge NYC’s brightest math students (separated by level) 
Tuesday and Thursday afternoons 
Reinvent math class with Expansions, MoMath’s afternoon gifted program.  Featuring programs for all mathematically gifted students currently enrolled in 1st through 8th grade, Expansions hands-on lessons 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 several levels; admission is by application only.  To learn more and apply for the 2018-2019 program, visit expansions.momath.org.

LAST CHANCE TO APPLY!  High school students: Volunteer at MoMath on weekends during the 2018-2019 school year
High school students with a love of math can become a part of MoMath!  Gain valuable experience while helping others and add something unique to your college applications.  Apply by midnight Monday, September 4 to be considered for a fall semester start: volunteers.momath.org.

Weekend programs for families
Take a tour with MoMath’s Derivatives program (derivatives.momath.org) or join one of MoMath’s specially-trained educators in Explorations, a hands-on classroom experience to discover the wonder of mathematics (explorations.momath.org).  Don’t miss your chance to see math in a whole new light, only at MoMath.

Retail Pick of the Month — Dodecahedron sticky memo ball
Keep track of your memos in a mathematically stylish way: the Dodecahedron sticky memo ball is a functional desktop memo center with a pad of sticky notes on each of its 12 pentagonal sides.  Use up all the notes to reveal a fun mathematical message.


Maths Inspiration, Live on Stage!  Featuring math comedian Matt Parker
Tuesday, October 2, 10:00 am at the Baruch Performing Arts Center

Educators, do your students wonder, “What’s the point of algebra?  Who on earth needs Pythagoras?  And who cares about exponents, anyway?”  Inspire your students — even the ones who don’t love math — with a large venue stage show on October 2 featuring some of the UK’s most engaging math performers.  Learn more and register at stage.momath.org.  Special thanks to OppenheimerFunds and Bank of America for making this event possible.

Live at MoMath: Matt Parker returns! — an evening of math and stand-up comedy
Tuesday, October 2, 7:00 pm

Join MoMath for a night of laughs as YouTube phenom Matt Parker, stand-up comedian and mathematician, returns with his unique brand of math-based humor.  Don’t miss this night of mathematical comedy; join Matt as he approaches an infinite amount of humor (but never quite gets there).  Learn more and register at standup.momath.org.

Math Encounters: “Calculated Risk: Living is a Dangerous Business” with Jen Rogers
Wednesday, October 3, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Real life involves risks, from cycling without a helmet to visiting a country with contagious diseases to living near the water.  Sometimes your perception of risk is distorted, making you think that some things are more — or less — risky than is actually the case.  How statistically significant are the risks that we see?  And what do the numbers mean?  Jen Rogers, Director of Statistical Consultancy Services for the University of Oxford, demonstrates how statistics can be used to make better decisions about risky activities.  Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.

Global Math Week kickoff celebration
Saturday, October 6 at Santa Clara University

Join MoMath and the Global Math Project for the kickoff of Global Math Week 2018.  The day starts with a symposium at Santa Clara University including events and talks for families, students, and teachers.  The fun continues that evening with a celebration at The Tech Museum in San Jose.  For more information, visit globalmathproject.org.

Global Math Week
Wednesday, October 10 through Tuesday, October 16

MoMath is proud to be one of the organizing partners of Global Math Week.  Help reach millions of students with Exploding Dots, an astounding mathematical story that starts at the very beginning of mathematics — assuming nothing — and swiftly takes you on a wondrous journey through grade school arithmetic, polynomial algebra, and infinite sums and on to unsolved problems baffling mathematicians to this day.  Help us reach 10,000,000 people this year — visit globalmathproject.org.

The Math of Particle Physics, with CERN researcher James Beacham
Thursday, October 11, 6:30 pm

Don’t miss James Beacham’s visit to MoMath this October 11.  As a scientist at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and a member of the ATLAS collaboration (one of the teams that discovered the Higgs boson in 2012), James searches for evidence of new particles — dark matter, gravitons, dark photons, and exotic Higgs bosons among them — that could provide answers to the fundamental open questions of physics.  Register now at particle.momath.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “No Duck Can Waltz! — Lewis Carroll’s Logic Puzzles” with Chaim Goodman-Strauss
Friday, October 12, 6:30 pm

Did you know that every flying pig is purple?  This is absolutely true, at least logically, for the simple reason the statement can’t be false — there is not any flying pig that isn’t purple!  Come explore the ins and outs of mathematical logic, with puzzles from Lewis Carroll’s books and other absurd examples.  Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.

Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: Letters to a Young Mathematician by Ian Stewart
Sunday, October 14, 5:30 pm

Letters to a Young Mathematician tells readers what Ian Stewart wishes he had known when he was a student and young faculty member.  Subjects include what mathematics is and why it’s worth doing, the relationship between logic and proof, the role of beauty in mathematical thinking, the future of mathematics, how to deal with the peculiarities of the mathematical community, and many others.  This book is sure to be a favorite with students at all levels!  Learn more and register at tweenprimes.momath.org.

Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for students in 6th through 9th grades
Sunday, October 14, 6:30 pm

Don’t miss the next installment of Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle evening for students in late middle school through high school.  If you’re excited by the idea of a fun-filled, math-focused night where you can hang out with old and new friends, enjoy cookies and hot chocolate, and move to some great tunes, then you won’t want to miss this exciting program on October 14.  Registration coming soon to unlimited.momath.org.

Volumes, the MoMath book club
Thursday, October 18, 6:30 pm
MoMath favorite Hannah Fry has a new book!  In HELLO WORLD, Hannah explores the role of algorithms in automating important decisions in crime, healthcare, relationships, and money.  Should we entrust ourselves to driverless cars?  Are machines capable of producing great works of art?  How do we balance the importance of making better medical diagnoses with the value of preserving privacy?  Our increasing reliance on pre-defined, quantitative decision-making rules, some of which are invisible to us, raises some interesting questions.  If you enjoyed Hannah’s talk in September and want the opportunity to delve more deeply into some of the issues she exposed, or if you just want to join a provocative discussion of an increasingly serious issues facing society today, you won’t want to miss this event. Visit volumes@momath.org.

Equilibrium, an adult evening of mathematical games
Saturday, October 20, 6:00 pm

Tabletop gaming is more fun than ever!  Come join old friends and new for a fun-filled, adult evening of mathematically rich, hands-on games.  Bring a snack, play some games, and connect with new and interesting people, all while enjoying the unique evening atmosphere at the nation’s only Museum of Math.  Learn more and register at equilibrium.momath.org.

“Catch that Ghost” — a MoMath puzzle hunt throughout midtown Manhattan, especially for families
Sunday, October 21, 11:00 am 

In this family-friendly puzzle event, teams of children and adult chaperones will explore midtown Manhattan on a location-based adventure, using their wits and mathematical knowledge to solve a mystery!  This puzzle hunt is specially designed for families and solvable in approximately three hours.  Learn more and register at puzzlehunt.momath.org.

Save the date!  Po-Shen Loh returns to MoMath for a special presentation
Monday, October 22, 6:30 pm

Po-Shen Loh, professor of mathematics at Carnegie Mellon University and coach of the three-time gold medal-winning USA International Mathematical Olympiad team, returns to MoMath for one night only.  Watch events.momath.org for details, coming soon!

2018 MoMath Gala, hosted by Peter Muller and featuring retired NFL professional John Urschel
Tuesday, October 23, 6:00 pm

Calling all mathletes, athletes, and dedicated fans!  Join special guests including mathematician and retired NFL professional John Urschel, IMO Team USA coach Po-Shen Loh, Fields Medalist Manjul Bhargava, and many other acclaimed mathematicians at MoMath’s annual gala, a fundraiser to support the Museum.  Learn more and register at gala.momath.org.

Math Gym, a workout for your brain!
Wednesday, October 24, 3:30 pm

Students, spend an hour at MoMath independently working on engaging and beautiful math problems, hand-selected by MoMath’s advisory council of math PhDs.  Choose whichever problem you like from a specially curated selection and work under the guidance and with the mentorship of one of MoMath’s expert PhD mathematicians.  If you love math and want to experience the incredible joy of mathematical discovery, you won’t want to miss this new monthly program.  Register today at workout.momath.org.

MATRIX 2018
October 29-31 in Barcelona, Spain

Are you a math educator, mathematician, or science museum professional interested in math outreach?  If so, the 2018 MATRIX conference may be for you!  Join MoMath and our colleagues from MMACA and other math museums around the world for the third international conference on math outreach, taking place in lovely Barcelona, Spain, this October 29 through 31.  For more information or to register, visit matrix.momath.org.

MoMath 2018-2019 Professional Development Days
Educators, register for one, two, or three professional development days at MoMath during the 2018-2019 school year.  Advance tickets are $175; day-of tickets will be $199, if available.  Special offer: Buy all three days together for a discounted price of $495!

Metros and Metrics — Professional Development Day
Tuesday, November 6, 9:30 am

Educators, mark your calendars now for an exciting day of mathematical discovery this fall.  Taxicabs, the NYC subway, and the British rail all serve as a backdrop for an exploration of bizarre alternative concepts of distance.  Don’t miss this unusual day of hands-on professional development on November 6.  Learn more and register at pd.momath.org.

M-cubed — Professional Development Day (high school educators only)
Monday, January 28, 2019, 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Join Professor Alex Kontorovich as he illuminates some of the most beautiful and timeless mathematical problems and solutions, the people behind these discoveries, and the historical developments that led to each breakthrough.  Geared for high school educators, this series will provide a bird’s-eye view of many landmark developments in mathematics, from antiquity to the 20th century.  Learn more and register at pd.momath.org.

Artful Math — Professional Development Day
Thursday, June 6, 9:30 am – 3:00 pm

Connect the dots between math and art!  Spend the day gaining new perspectives as you enjoy the creative side of math, then turn things around and explore the analytical side of art.  Plus, experience engaging, hands-on activities at the intersection of math and art that you can take back to school to share with your students.  Learn more and register at pd.momath.org.

Math Encounters: “Certain Variation: You Never Step in the Same River Twice” with Gerald van Belle
Wednesday, November 7, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Change is the one constant in life.  How can mathematics bring some certainty to variation?  Biostatistician Gerald van Belle shares everyday stories and interactive activities that highlight the sometimes surprising analysis of variability.  Reinforcing planes in warfare, walking or running in the rain, storks and babies, missing data, and more — see how a mathematical lens helps shed new light on the study of change.  Special introduction by Gerard T. van Belle, Chief Scientist of Lowell Observatory’s Navy Precision Optical Interferometer.  Learn more at mathencounters.org.

Save the date!  Special guest appearance by Grant Sanderson
Tuesday, November 13

MoMath is pleased to announce a special appearance by Grant Sanderson of 3blue1brown, one of the hottest YouTube math channels around, with 42 million views and counting.  Watch events.momath.org for details, coming soon!

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “Recycled Math” with Nick Sayers
Friday, November 16, 6:30 pm

Ever seen art made from trash bags, realtor signs, plastic bottles, or soda cans?  Join science-inspired British artist Nick Sayers, who makes art from all these everyday materials and more.  See examples of his work and enjoy some hands-on activities demonstrating how mathematics underpins it all.  Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the hidden geometry of trash, the magic of mathematics, and the creative potential of recycling at familyfridays.momath.org.


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 events@momath.org for more information.

School and group visits
MoMath has over a dozen great programs for school groups visiting the Museum.  From graph coloring to Möbius bands, bring your students to MoMath for a view into the exciting world of mathematics and see why kids of all ages love visiting the Museum.  Register at fieldtrips.momath.org.

Free trips for Title I schools
Thanks to the support of companies including OppenheimerFunds, Con Edison, and Two Sigma, as well as some generous MoMath friends, support for Title I schools is now available.  To apply for a free trip in the 2018-2019 school year, visit titleone.momath.org.  Interested in sponsoring a field trip?  Email donation@momath.org.


Beautiful Math
See what mathematicians think is beautiful about mathematics at beautiful.momath.org.  Now featuring Stephen Wolfram!

Have you tried out for Varsity Math yet?
Get your weekly puzzle fix from MoMath in the Wall Street Journal every Saturday, or check out varsity.momath.org and blogs.wsj.com/puzzle.

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Become a member today and help ensure that MoMath continues to deliver exciting and engaging math programs for all ages.  Visit momath.org/join to become a member and receive unlimited access to MoMath’s innovative exhibits, plus discounts in Additions, the shop at MoMath.  Become a premium member and receive early notices and invitations to exclusive MoMath events.  Join now and take advantage of MoMath’s low rates.  To learn more about long-term memberships, call (212) 542-0566.

We need you!
Interested in volunteering on the Museum floor?  If you love math, would like to help others enjoy MoMath’s interactive suite of exhibits, and are willing to devote two 4-hour shifts each month, please send an email to jobs@momath.org with the subject line “MoMath integrator.”  Please include a cover letter, current résumé, and a newly-written essay that, in approximately 150 to 300 words, describes an experience that shaped your love of mathematics.

We hope to see you at MoMath!