[MoMath] 2014 Oct-Nov Upcoming Events

Dear MoMath friends,

The weather is getting chilly, but MoMath will always give you a warm welcome.  Drop by the Museum to enjoy math in all dimensions as you flatten the round, round the flat, create shapes with beads, and help build a huge model out of business cards.  Plus, don't miss Breakthrough Prize winner Richard Taylor or math comedian Matt Parker in two very special events at MoMath! 

MoMath at a Glance  
October 1 Math Encounters: “Peeling the World” with David Swart
October 5 MoMath Winton Power Series: “Primes and Equations” with Richard Taylor
October 6 Cross Product: 3D-Printing Meetup
October 10 Cross Product: Introduction to 3D Printing
October 10 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: "Great Balls of Paper!"
October 14 Chaos Ball: the 2014 MoMath Gala
October 18-25 Cross Product: High Resolution 3D-Printing Workshops
October 25 Celebration of Mind, in honor of Martin Gardner
November 5 Math Encounters: “Cooking Up Math” with Mercedes Molina
November 7 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: “Bead Geometry”
November 13 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Formula
Every Tuesday PolyPals toddler program
Tuesdays/Thursdays Expansions after-school program for gifted students

Math Encounters: "Peeling the World" with David Swart
Wednesday, October 1, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

The world is filled with spherical imagery: patterns on soccer balls, panoramic photos, and even the globe itself.  How can the curved surface of a sphere be flattened to fit on the planes (paper, computer screens) we use every day?  What distortions do cartographers introduce when they flatten the globe, and is there a better way to represent the earth on which we live? Mathematician David Swart expertly transitions between these two types of geometry, bringing us all along as we both flatten spheres and reconstitute the round from the flat.  Refreshments follow the afternoon presentation of Math Encounters; arrive by 6:30 pm for refreshments preceding the evening presentation. Register at mathencounters.org.

MoMath Winton Power Series: “Primes and Equations” with Richard Taylor
Sunday, October 5, 5:30 pm

For over 50 years, one of the most vibrant areas of mathematical research has been the Langlands Program, which posits a remarkable connection between the study of algebraic equations and the study of symmetries of certain non-Euclidean spaces.  Richard Taylor, one of the inaugural winners of the $3 million Breakthrough Prize, will give a flavor of the Langlands Program in relatively concrete terms: namely, predictions about the number of solutions to polynomial congruences.  Taylor will motivate and illustrate the talk with applications to Diophantine equations.  Note that the Breakthrough Prize has recently become the most substantial prize in all of mathematics; don't miss this chance to hear from one of only five winners in the world. Register at powerseries.momath.org

Cross Product: 3D-Printing Meetup
Monday, October 6, 4:00 pm

Want to keep exploring 3D printing and design?  Come to MoMath for an informal discussion and meetup.  Bring your printed 3D models for show-and-tell, bring your laptop to show off and troubleshoot your 3D designs, and have fun talking with other 3D-printing enthusiasts.  MoMath's mathematician-in-residence and 3D-printing educator Laura Taalman will be on hand to answer questions, give advice, and moderate the discussion.  Register at 3D.momath.org.

Cross Product: Introduction to 3D Printing
Friday, October 10, 3:00 pm

If you loved September's 3D-printing workshops, tell a friend; if you missed them yourself, then you're in luck!  MoMath has one more session of its introductory 3D-printing workshop available in October.  Learn how a filament-based 3D printer works and how to design basic models in Tinkercad and OpenSCAD.  Each participant will design a mathematical gyro during the workshop that will be 3D printed to take home later.  For more information and to register, visit 3D.momath.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: "Great Balls of Paper!”
Friday, October 10, 6:30 pm

It's time to get your hands dirty, digging into geometry.  Starting with simple paper units that can hook together, one can create a bewildering variety of different shapes and forms.  As we construct and explore, we will find that some things just don’t work — and we may miss something beautiful.  How can we gain some control over our exploration?  The power of math, of course!  Join mathematician Edmund Harriss and play with paper models as we start to investigate some of this mathematics, ranging from properties that have been known for over 2,000 years to more recent discoveries about four-dimensional space.  This presentation is free to attendees, as part of Time Warner Cable's Connect a Million Minds campaign. For more information and to register, visit familyfridays.momath.org.

Chaos Ball: the 2014 MoMath Gala
Tuesday, October 14, 6:00 pm

Join MoMath under the arches of the 59th Street Bridge to honor Alan Alda and Steve Strogatz and their contributions to the public understanding and appreciation of mathematics.  The evening will feature a conversation with the honorees and an entertaining look at the study of chaos — a focus of Professor Strogatz's research — as well as plenty of good food, drink, and conviviality.  Seating is limited; register now at gala.momath.org

Cross Product: High Resolution 3D-Printing Workshops
Saturday, October 18, 3:00 pm; Monday, October 20, 7:00 pm; Wednesday, October 22, 4:00 pm; Saturday, October 25, 3:00 pm

Are you ready to take your 3D printing journey to the next level?  Join MoMath for a new experience in 3D printing.  In this session, you will enjoy a hands-on experience with resin-based 3D printers, which use lasers to turn liquid resin into solid 3D-printed objects!  Make a more intricate, detailed model than would be possible with other desktop 3D-printing technology.  During the workshop, you will design a unique trigonometric sphere and follow it through each stage of the 3D-printing process.  In addition to taking home the sphere itself, you will learn how to make and submit similar 3D models suitable for inexpensively printing in metal through online services.  No prior experience with 3D printing is required.  See more at 3D.momath.org.

Note: due to the nature of this workshop, attendance is limited to adults and to students aged 14 and up.  Students aged 12 and up may attend only with an adult partner; both parties must pay a registration fee.

Celebration of Mind, in honor of Martin Gardner
Saturday, October 25, all day

Celebrate Martin Gardner with math, magic, puzzles, and fun, all day at MoMath, free with admission.  Included in the festivities: join people from 20 sites all over the world to help create the world's largest Menger Sponge made out of business cards! 

Math Encounters: "Cooking Up Math” with Mercedes Molina
Wednesday, November 5, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Get your creative juices flowing!  Mathematician and culinary enthusiast Mercedes Molina provides a recipe for fun as she explores the artistry and inspiration common to two of her favorite pursuits: math and cooking.  Refreshments follow the afternoon presentation of Math Encounters; arrive by 6:30 pm for refreshments preceding the evening presentation. Register at mathencounters.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: "Bead Geometry”
Friday, November 7, 6:30 pm

Where's the math in beadwork?  A bead is anything with a hole, its hole is just a cylinder, and the axis of that cylinder is a line segment.  So, a bead is just a line segment with colorful stuff around it, and those line segments can build geometric structures.  Come along as mathematical artist Gwen Fisher pulls us into her world of beaded cubes and cuboctahedrons.  And once we're there, new challenges involving color and symmetry await as we explore different patterns to weave into our creations.  This presentation is free to attendees, as part of Time Warner Cable's Connect a Million Minds campaign.  For more information and to register, visit familyfridays.momath.org

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Formula
Thursday, November 13, 7:00 pm

Join MoMath for a night of laughs as Matt Parker, stand-up comedian and mathematician, sets out to show us the world of math through the lens of humor and real-life scenarios.  Matt writes about math for The Guardian and The Telegraph in London, and often contributes to the BBC.  Matt also performs regularly as a stand-up comic using math games and humor in front of crowds of thousands.  Don't miss this night of mathematical comedy, and join Matt as he approaches an infinite amount of humor (but never quite gets there).  To register, visit mathcomedy.momath.org.

Cross Product: Trig Bracelets
Stay tuned for November's 3D printing activity at MoMath, where you can print trigonometric bracelets based on the math of ruled surfaces.  Get a head start on your holiday shopping by creating a unique mathematical gift for someone special, only in this exclusive MoMath workshop!

Coming up in December: The geometry of living surfaces, the tricks of mathematical puzzles, and an inside look at the life of Alan Turing from mathematician Andrew Hodges, author of the Turing biography that inspired the major motion picture.

Do you have a great idea for a mathematical art show?  Send it to MoMath!  MoMath is seeking proposals for a show in the Composite gallery, to begin approximately one year from now.  Applications are now open: applycomposite.momath.org.

PolyPals: Bring your toddlers and preschoolers to MoMath for weekly fun!
Tuesday afternoons (Ages 2-4)
PolyPals, MoMath's program for pre-K children, has taken off in 2014.  Meeting every Tuesday, PolyPals offers our littlest mathematicians the opportunity to listen to math-themed stories and have fun exploring the concepts behind them.  Led by MoMath's skilled educational staff, toddlers and pre-schoolers 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. PolyPals may be purchased as individual meetings or in blocks of four at a discount. For further information and to register, visit polypals.momath.org.

Expansions: MoMath’s innovative program to engage and challenge NYC’s brightest math students
Tuesday afternoons (HS students)
Thursday afternoons (K-8, separated by level)

2014 brought the launch of MoMath's after-school gifted program, Expansions. Featuring programs for all mathematically gifted students currently enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade, the Expansions workshops 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 five levels, which are differentiated by mathematical experience rather than age; admission is by application only. Expansions may be purchased as individual sessions or in blocks of four at a discount. For more information and to apply, visit expansions.momath.org.

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Events, Birthday Parties, and More
Looking to host a one-of-a-kind event where your guests can interact with over thirty engaging exhibits?  Enter a world of mathematical intrigue, but don’t worry; amongst all the activity, there is plenty of space for gala-worthy dinners, over-the-top birthday bashes, and bar/bat mitzvahs.  Who knew math could be this much fun?  Email events@momath.org for more information.

School group visits for 2014-2015
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 New York Magazine named MoMath the "Best Kids Museum of 2013."  Space is filling fast; visit fieldtrips.momath.org to register for a group visit during the upcoming school year.

Join the MoMath community
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.

We need your help!
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 integrator@momath.org with the subject line "MoMath integrator."  Please include a cover letter, current resumé, and a newly-written essay that, in approximately 150 to 300 words, describes an experience that shaped your love of mathematics.

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