Upcoming Events at MoMath

Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: Numbed! by David Lubar
Thursday, August 24, 4:30 pm

When Logan’s class takes a trip to a math museum, his mischievous friend Benedict is sure it will be a boring day—until he discovers a robot and its creator in an off-limits area. The robot proves feisty, and soon both boys get zapped. They realize only later that they’d left the museum without their math skills. To get back the knowledge they need for school—not to mention buying food at the mall, divvying up dinner at home, and much more—they’ll have to get back to the museum and pass a series of math challenges. Being “numbed” will teach Logan and Benedict just how useful, and even fun, math can be. Learn more and register at tweenprimes.momath.org.

Volumes, the MoMath book club: Math on Trial: How Numbers Get Used and Abused in the Courtroom by Leila Schneps and Coralie Colmez
Thursday, August 24, 6:30 pm

Math on Trial has all the marks of a good mystery: tense conflicts, diverse characters and shocking conclusions… Mathematicians Leila Schneps and Coralie Colmez describe ten trials from the nineteenth century to the present, in which mathematical arguments were used—and disastrously misused—as evidence. It tells the real story of frauds and forgeries involving the likes of Charles Ponzi, Hetty Green, and Alfred Dreyfus, among others. Numerical errors are not unique to the courtroom: similar issues crop up elsewhere in life, which makes this book’s message even more important. Gripping and insightful, it successfully highlights the dangers of carelessly sprinkling mathematics over real-world problems. Math on Trial is intrinsically fascinating in its depiction of the frailty of human judgments. Author Coralie Colmez will be joining us for the first part of the discussion. Learn more and register at volumes.momath.org.

Tuesdays, beginning September 5, 9:45 am

PolyPals is back! The popular MoMath program for toddlers and preschoolers (ages 3 and up) 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 pre-schoolers in these playful activities to help them develop a strong foundation. Pre-schoolers will participate in songs, stories, and activities tied to a different theme each week. Patterns, shapes, numbers, and more — PolyPals is a great way to enrich your child’s day with mathematical inspiration. Learn more and register at polypals.momath.org.

Math Encounters: “The Mathematics of Doodling” with Ravi Vakil
Wednesday, September 6, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Doodling has many fun mathematical aspects: patterns, shapes, numbers, and more. But surprisingly, there is often sophisticated mathematics buried inside common doodles, too. While doodling may look and feel like play, it actually reflects what mathematics is really about: finding patterns in nature, explaining them, and extending them. Join Ravi Vakil, Stanford professor of mathematics, and doodle your way through some important notions in geometry, topology, and physics, some fundamental ideas guiding the development of mathematics over the last century, and even some ongoing work that continues today. Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “Picking Points A-Plenty” with Nat Stahl
Friday, September 8, 6:30 pm

Is there a relationship between the distance around an area and the space inside it? Is it possible to simply look at a shape and immediately compute its area in your head? Join us in an exploration using a simple peg board and rubber bands and discover the connections between boundaries and interiors — then see if you can prove them! Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.

Equilibrium, an adult evening of mathematical games
Saturday, September 9, 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 on Saturday, September 9. Enjoy classics like Yahtzee and chess as well as modern options from Santorini to Blokus to Mine Shift. Bring a snack, play some games, and connect with new and interesting people, all while enjoying a unique evening atmosphere at the nation’s only Museum of Math. Learn more and register at equilibrium.momath.org.

Conway’s Corner
Sundays, September 10, 17, and October 8

Don’t miss legendary mathematician John Conway as he holds court in MoMath next month.

• First, join us at Equilibrium, MoMath’s game night, at 6:00 pm on Saturday, September 9, and try your hand at beating John at a game of Dots and Boxes or Sprouts. Register for Equilibrium at equilibrium.momath.org.

• Then, catch John during the Conway’s Corner series at MoMath. Talk to John about math, games, and life on Sundays, September 10, 17, and October 8. John will be at the Museum from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm and again from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm on those days.

Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for 6th through 9th graders
Sunday, September 10, 6:30 pm

Celebrate the end of summer with your friends at the nation’s only Museum of Mathematics. If you’re excited by the idea of a math-filled, parent-free night where you can hang out with old and new friends, enjoy cookies and hot chocolate, and move to the tunes of First Class DJs, then don’t miss this exciting program just for 6th through 9th graders. The best part? No parents allowed! Learn more and register at unlimited.momath.org.

Grandparents’ Weekend
Saturday and Sunday, September 9 and 10

Admission is free for grandparents and up to two grandchildren to visit the Museum together during grandparents’ weekend! No registration is required, but please note that space may be limited.

Math Explorations: Grandparents Day
MoMath is pleased to offer a special Math Explorations session for Grandparents day! Experience a special educator-led session designed for grandparents to enjoy together with their grandchildren. Advance registration is required and space is limited, so register today at grandparents.momath.org.

Volumes, the MoMath book club: The Wild Numbers by Philibert Schogt
Thursday, September 14, 6:30 pm

As a mathematician — not an outstanding one, but a competent, unextraordinary pencil-pusher — Professor Isaac Swift is constantly told that it’s the prodigies of his profession, the burning suns of his little universe, that advance human knowledge. Now Isaac thinks he’s found the solution to ‘Beauregard’s Wild Number problem,’ the puzzle that has stumped savants the world over for centuries. And Dimitri, his mentor at the university, a great mathematician himself, thinks Isaac has cracked it. If so, Isaac will have elevated himself to the ranks of the immortals. But an accusation of plagiarism from the tweed-clad mature student Leonard Vale creates a storm of violence and anguish that threatens to disrupt both the university and Isaac’s sanity. The Wild Numbers is a gripping story about self-doubt, ambition, and delusion. Learn more and register at volumes.momath.org.

Adventures in Algorithms: experimental computational Mathematica
Saturdays, beginning September 16, 9:00 am

It’s time to experiment with math! Students in grades 7 through 12 are invited to probe many unsolved problems in mathematics using the high-performance computing enabled by Wolfram Language, based on real-world problems facing scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory. If you’re a math lover who wants to witness the power of pure math fused with introductory computing, this is the course for you. No prior programming experience is required. Learn more and register at algorithms.momath.org.

Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: Do the Math: Secrets, Lies, and Algebra by Wendy Lichtman
Wednesday, September 20, 4:30 pm

Tess loves math because it’s the one subject she can trust — there’s always just one right answer, and it never changes. But then she starts algebra and is introduced to those pesky and mysterious variables, which seem to be everywhere in eighth grade. When even your friends and parents can be variables, how in the world do you find out the right answers to the really important questions, like what to do about a boy you like or whom to tell when someone’s done something really bad? Learn more and register at tweenprimes.momath.org.

Global Math Project Symposium and Global Math Week kickoff party
Saturday, October 7, 8:15 am

This year, Global Math Week begins on 10-10-17. In celebration of this event, MoMath has helped organize a symposium for mathematicians, math educators, and those who are involved with math outreach. All are welcome to attend this free event on Saturday, October 7, but you must register to participate. A celebration of Global Math Week will also take place later that evening at the National Museum of Mathematics, from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Come enjoy more than three dozen engaging math exhibits, plus music and refreshments, with some of the nation’s top names in mathematics. The next morning, on Sunday, October 8, Symposium registrants are invited to bring the entire family to MoMath free of charge from 10 am to 1 pm, courtesy of OppenheimerFunds. Registration is required for all events. Learn more and register at gmp.momath.org.


2017 Transformations summer camp registration

First through eighth graders, spend the summer falling in love with mathematics as you explore the fun and beauty of mathematical games, puzzles, and geometric crafts with MoMath’s dynamic educators. Campers come back year after year to discover the never-ending wonders of mathematics. To learn more, visit summercamp.momath.org. Limited spots remain and waitlists are available; register soon!

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.