Upcoming Events at MoMath

Volumes, the MoMath book club: Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O’Neil
Wednesday, November 29, 6:30 pm

Special guest: author Cathy O’Neil! In an age where many of the decisions that affect our lives — where we go to school, whether we get a car loan, how much we pay for health insurance — are being made not by humans, but by mathematical models, author and former Wall Street quant Cathy O’Neil sounds an alarm. The models being used today are opaque, unregulated, and uncontestable, even when they’re wrong. Welcome to the dark side of Big Data. Join the discussion about the mathematical models that pervade modern life — and threaten to rip apart our social fabric. Learn more and register at volumes.momath.org.

Roundtable, the MoMath Math Teachers’ Circle
Thursday, November 30, 5:00 pm

Join the MoMath Roundtable! If you’re a K-6 educator who wants to enjoy or improve your relationship with math, don’t miss the next installation of the Math Teachers’ Circle at MoMath. Join us for an evening of creative math play and camaraderie.

Adventures in Long Division: Join the founding director of the Julia Robinson Math Festival, Josh Zucker, as he takes you on an unusual exploration of long division. Starting with the usual process of converting fractions to decimals, we will dig deeply enough to uncover some neat ideas in number theory. Learn more and register at roundtable.momath.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “Folding Fractals” with Josh Zucker
Friday, December 1, 6:30 pm

Who knew folding a piece of paper in half could be so interesting? Join Josh Zucker, founding director of the Julia Robinson Math Festival, as he uncovers several surprising patterns to be found in a folded strip of paper; you’ll even create a Dragon Curve! Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.

2017 Dimensions puzzle hunt at MoMath
Saturday, December 2, 5:00 pm
Includes complimentary admission to MoMath’s 5th Birthday Party, until 10:30 pm

Journey to MoMath for a puzzle hunt that will be out of this world! Sharpen your wits, collect your friends, and join us on December 2nd for an evening of challenges at the sixth annual puzzle hunt at MoMath, Dimensions 2017. This year’s game, designed by Wil Zambole, features puzzles by Wil Zambole and James Williams. Eligible players (ages 21 and older) will receive complimentary admission to MoMath’s 5th Birthday Party following the puzzle hunt. Learn more and register at puzzlehunt.momath.org.

Math After Dark: Happy 5th Birthday, MoMath!
Saturday, December 2, 7:30 pm

It’s MoMath’s fifth birthday, and you’re invited! Join us for desserts, drinks, music, and dancing, to celebrate five years of mathematical wonder, and see what nightlife at MoMath is all about. Free or discounted tickets* are available for all members. Advance registration is requested. 21+ only. Learn more and register at 5years.momath.org.

Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Sunday, December 3, 5:30 pm

Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor. Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker’s Guide, which claims, among other things, that 42 is the ultimate answer to life, the universe, and everything. Is there math in this whimsical odyssey, or is it math fiction? Discuss this and more at the next Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens. Learn more and register at tweenprimes.momath.org.

Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for 6th through 9th graders
Sunday, December 3, 6:30 pm

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 don’t miss this exciting program just for 6th through 9th graders. Learn more and register at unlimited.momath.org.

Math Encounters: “Winding Worlds: An Exploration of Curves on Surfaces” with Moira Chas
Wednesday, December 6, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Is it possible to divide a king’s land among four heirs so that each heir’s land shares a boundary with every other heir’s land? What about five heirs? On a land with two lakes, it’s impossible to construct a circular path that winds the lakes multiple times without crossing itself… but it is possible with three or more lakes. Join mathematician Moira Chas as we explore the world of curves, crossings, surfaces, and more! Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.

Holiday Origami
Sunday, December 10, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Join Wendy Zeichner, President of OrigamiUSA, for an exploration of modular origami. Using just a few sheets of paper, create a small gift box out of geometric shapes – it’s great for the holidays or for any time you want to share a small treat with a friend. A small materials fee may apply.

Free Play: A FREE afternoon at MoMath with extended Museum hours
Wednesday, December 13, 2:00 pm to 6:00 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 one hour later than usual, so you can optimize your fun.

Explore hyperbolic space: don’t miss MoMath’s VR experience — one day only!
Sunday, December 17, 2:00 pm

Don’t miss your chance to wander through hyperbolic space using the latest in VR technology: the HTC Vive, that tracks both your orientation and position as you explore! Visit MoMath on Sunday, November 17, from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, and join Elisabetta Matsumoto and Henry Segerman, featured in the NY Times, on this exciting journey. Free with Museum admission.

Beyond the Flat World: an exploration of non-Euclidean virtual reality
Tuesday, December 19, 6:00 pm

The properties of Euclidean (flat) space seem so natural and obvious to us that it took over two thousand years to see an alternative. The eventual discovery of hyperbolic geometry in the 19th century shook our assumptions, revealing just how strongly our native experience of the world blinded us from consistent alternatives. Join Henry Segerman and Elisabetta Matsumoto as they take us on a direct, immersive journey to explore these exotic spaces using the latest wave of virtual reality hardware, as seen in this recent NY Times video. Stick around after the talk for your chance to wander through hyperbolic space using the latest in VR technology: the HTC Vive, that tracks both your orientation and position as you explore. Learn more and register at vr.momath.org.

Solstice Spirals
Thursday, December 21, 6:00 pm at the Flatiron Plaza

Join MoMath and the Flatiron Partnership as we celebrate the winter solstice with a giant group construction of Solstice Spirals, a reflective dynamic sculpture. In this Fibonacci-inspired design (based on the work of John Edmark), every piece is exactly the same shape as every other piece, but each consecutive piece is slightly different in size. Start with the tiniest piece and see how quickly the pieces grow as we use the golden angle to build the very same pattern found in sunflowers, pinecones, and roses. Don’t miss your chance to participate in building this kinetic sculpture and bring your camera — you won’t want to miss this beautiful mathematical photo op. Learn more at solstice.momath.org.

Math Encounters: “Mind-Bending Paradoxes & the Possibility of Changing Your Mind” with David Kung
Wednesday, January 3, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Great riddles and paradoxes have a long and illustrious history, serving as both tests and games and bringing both frustration and joy for intellectual thinkers across the globe. Choosing to confront these conundrums, we put ourselves in that special moment when we acknowledge that what we previous thought conflicts with some new piece of evidence. Those are the moments — rare and precious — when we might actually change our minds! Topics will range from the philosophical to the statistical, from physics to psychology, all from the perspective of a mathematician. Prepare to have your mind bent — and maybe even changed. Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.

Equilibrium, an adult evening of mathematical games
Saturday, January 6, 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. Enjoy classics like Yahtzee and chess, modern options from Laser Maze to Pyramid Arcade to Lost Cities, and even MoMath’s own twist on mathematical favorites like Hex and Nim. 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.

Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for 6th through 9th graders
Sunday, January 7, 6:30 pm

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 don’t miss this exciting program just for 6th through 9th graders. Learn more and register at unlimited.momath.org.

Roundtable, the MoMath Math Teachers’ Circle
Thursday, January 18, 5:00 pm

Join the MoMath Roundtable! If you’re a K-6 educator who wants to enjoy or improve your relationship with math, don’t miss the next installation of the Math Teachers’ Circle at MoMath. Join us for an evening of creative math play and camaraderie.

Musical Mathematics: Come explore the relationship between math and music! Pythagoras once said “There is geometry in the humming of the strings; there is music in the spacing of the spheres.” How do vibrating strings and simple ratios inform the Western musical tradition? Is it possible to perfectly tune an instrument using simple ratios? How do the natural frequencies of objects lead to the development of new musical instruments? Join Paul Gallagher from MIT in this mathematical and musical adventure. Learn more and register at roundtable.momath.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “The Math of Winning” with Paul Gallagher
Friday, January 19, 6:30 pm

In 1996, Deep Blue, IBM’s chess-playing computer, shocked the world by defeating Garry Kasparov, then the highest rated human chess player in the world. Game-playing machines reached another milestone just this past summer, when Google’s AlphaGo AI defeated a human player in Go, a game even more complicated than chess. Why are some games so much harder than others to solve? Join MIT’s Paul Gallagher as we play with some simple strategy games and try to discover the winning strategies. Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.

Exploding Dots, the Global Phenomenon: a day of professional development at MoMath
Monday, January 29, 9:30 am

Join master educator, mathematician, and Global Math Project founder James Tanton as he brings his worldwide phenomenon, Exploding Dots, back to the NY area. Push a simple mathematical construct to the max, experience deep creative discovery firsthand, and see why over one million students and teachers from 168 different countries and territories participated in the world’s inaugural Global Math Week last October. Sign up today to catch James and hear the astounding story that unites the K-12 curriculum and beyond in one astounding fell swoop. Topics covered: The incredible power of place-value, grade-school algorithms, decimals, irrational numbers, polynomials and their algebra, infinite sums, and more! Learn more and register at pd.momath.org.

*Details at 5years.momath.org.
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Expansions: MoMath’s program to engage and challenge NYC’s brightest math students

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. 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.

Weekend programs for families

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

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.