Upcoming Events at MoMath

Volumes, the MoMath book club: A Mathematician’s Lament by Paul Lockhart
Wednesday, January 17, 6:30 pm

A Mathematician’s Lament: How Schools Cheat Us Out of Our Most Fascinating and Imaginative Art Form is a short book on the pedagogics and philosophy of mathematics by Paul Lockhart, originally a research mathematician, but for many years now, a math teacher at Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn, New York. Characterized as a strongly worded opinion piece arguing for an aesthetic, intuitive, and heuristic approach to teaching and the importance of mathematics teaching reforms, the book frames learning mathematics as an artistic and imaginative pursuit which is not reflected at all in the way the subject is taught in the American educational system. Join us for a lively discussion at Volumes, the MoMath book club! Register at volumes.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.

Folding Fun at MoMath with OrigamiUSA
Sunday, January 21, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

An origami expert from OrigamiUSA will be on hand at MoMath to teach simple origami models to learners of all ages. Challenge yourself to master one or two models, and explore the wonder of paper folding. There’s math in every fold! Free with Museum admission; no pre-registration required.

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 almost two 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 incredible fell swoop. Topics covered include 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.

Math Encounters: “The Fabric of Symmetry: connecting mathematics and fiber arts” with Susan Goldstine
Wednesday, February 7, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

What do knitting, embroidery, and beadwork tell us about symmetry?  What does symmetry tell us about design in textiles?  Join us in an exploration of contemporary mathematical fiber arts with Susan Goldstine, Professor of Mathematics at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and Associate Editor of the Journal of Mathematics and the Arts. Special introduction by Robert P. Crease, Chair of the Department of Philosophy, Stony Brook University. Light refreshments will be served after the 4:00 pm session and immediately before the 7:00 pm session. Learn more and register at mathencounters.org. Plus, earn a free Math Encounters t-shirt… see friendme.momath.org.

Rosenthal Prize for Inspiration and Innovation in Math Teaching
Wednesday, February 7, 6:45 pm

Join us for the exciting announcement of the 2017 winners of the Rosenthal Prize. It’s not too late to sign up for the 2018 program — you too can win $25,000! Visit rosenthal.momath.org for more information.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “Making Connections” with Mircea Draghicescu
Friday, February 9, 6:30 pm

The creators of ITSPHUN are back with a new construction toy! Connect the spiral curlygons to build intricate mathematical art objects and discover interesting connections between geometry, topology, and graph theory. Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.

Roundtable, the MoMath Math Teachers’ Circle
Thursday, February 15, 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.

Games of Chance and Life Lessons: Probability underlies many games of chance, but it’s not all fun and games. Is cell phone insurance a good idea? What about auto or home insurance? How does FEMA decide if it’s going to go in and rescue people in a disaster? Join Phil Dituri to play some games and learn some life lessons, all at the same time. Learn more and register at roundtable.momath.org.

Quadrivium featuring Marcus Miller
Saturday, February 17, 7:00 pm

Join MoMath at Quadrivium, a new monthly after-hours event at MoMath that brings together the creative and technical communities in NYC and creates a space where learning and growth are filled with fun, wonder, and warmth. Jazz saxophone player Marcus Miller will host the monthly gatherings at MoMath, conversing with experts in various fields of art and science. Utilizing both “fireside chat” and “panelist” formats, Marcus will moderate and interview speakers, focusing on how mathematics and art are involved in their fields. Each discussion will begin and end with live musical performances that highlight the concepts discussed. Afterwards, guests are invited to mingle in an informal and celebratory setting with healthy food, non-alcoholic drinks, dancing, and conversation. This will be a space for new friends and expanded horizons. Don’t miss the debut event, focusing on probability. Learn more and register at quadrivium.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.