[MoMath] 2016 Mar-Apr Upcoming Events

Dear MoMath friends,

Come sail away on the high seas, get carried away by the song of the violin, and take a deep dive into the world of spirals…there's always a new adventure at MoMath!  Plus, don't miss a truly magical evening on March 2 as we celebrate five years of "Encountering Math" in the most unusual places.

MoMath at a Glance  
Wed, Mar 2 Math Encounters: "Mathematical Magic: the Two-Way Street between Math and Illusion" with Erik Demaine: Special Fifth Anniversary edition!
Thu, Mar 3 Math on the High Seas with Rich Wilson
Tue, Mar 8 Transformations Summer Camp: Open House
Wed, Mar 9 Harmonic Series "Sam Zygmuntowicz: the Math, Science, and Art of Violin Making
Sun, Mar 13 Happy Pi Day with MoMath!
Sun, Mar 13 Can you KenKen? Celebrate math with the man who invented this popular logic puzzle.
Mon, Mar 14 Pi Art with Michael Albert
Thu, Mar 24 Volumes, the MoMath book club: The Man Who Counted: A Collection of Mathematical Adventures
Fri, Mar 25 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: "Spiraling into Art and Nature"
Wed, Apr 6 Math Encounters: "What's Behind Door Number Two? the Monty Hall problem, reconsidered" with Jason Rosenhouse
Thu, Apr 12 The Man Who Knew Infinity: a discussion with Fields Medalist Manjul Bhargava and film director Matt Brown
Tue, Apr 19 Beaver Brains and the Turntable Tango: Anatomy of an Exhibit
Thu, Apr 21 Volumes, the MoMath book club: Uncle Petros and Goldbach’s Conjecture
Coming this spring The Insides of Things: the art of Miguel Berrocal

College students: become a MoMath intern!  Now accepting applications for summer
Share your love of math with others!  MoMath is now accepting applications for summer internships for current college students.  Improve your interpersonal and communication skills, explore mathematical concepts, learn valuable job skills, plus have a great time meeting new and interesting people, including top members of the mathematical community.  See more at momath.org/jobs.  Please note that internships are unpaid.

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.

Math Encounters: "Mathematical Magic: the Two-Way Street between Math and Illusion" with Erik Demaine
Special Fifth Anniversary Celebration!
Wednesday, March 2, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

There’s math behind the magic!  MIT professor Erik Demaine takes us down a mathematical path that leads to magic, then heads back the other way to show how analyzing a magic trick can lead to some fun and challenging mathematics.  His bag of tricks will include cards, coins, rope, paper folding, and even juggling as he shows us the hidden math within the magic.  Register at mathencounters.org.

Math on the High Seas with Rich Wilson
Thursday, March 3, 6:15 pm
Meet Rich Wilson, a vastly experienced sailor whose 121-day passage solo 'round the world was one of the outstanding human adventure stories of our time.  Having completed several record-breaking ocean voyages, Rich is about to begin training for the next edition of the Vendée Globe, the toughest solo sailing challenge there is.  What's a former math teacher and lecturer doing on the high seas?  Join us to find out!  Meet and mingle with Rich and others at a reception sponsored by OppenheimerFunds after the talk.  Registration is open for this not-to-be-missed event at seas.momath.org.

Transformations Summer Camp:  Open House

Tuesday, March 8, 6:00 pm

MoMath is gearing up for a great summer with the return of its exciting day camp!  Come learn more about Transformations 2016, the summer camp at MoMath, and be the first to explore some of this summer's newest activities.

Harmonic Series: "Sam Zygmuntowicz: the Math, Science, and Art of Violin Making"
Wednesday, March 9, 7:00 pm
Engelman Recital Hall, Baruch Performing Arts Center

How does a small wooden box help a violinist fill a concert hall with music?  Harmonic Series host Bruce Adolphe welcomes violinmaker Samuel Zygmuntowicz as he takes us into the hidden inner workings of the violin.  The conversation will explore geometric principles of violin design that date back to the Renaissance, modern technologies that reveal everything from vibration patterns to the internal contours of wood, and how new techniques combine with violinmakers' traditional skills to make instruments rivaling the Old Masters.  Zygmuntowicz gets into detail in this special presentation in which modern science meets ancient tradition.  And, hearing is believing: enjoy a special performance by the incomparable violinist Daniel Phillips on both Stradivarius and Zygmuntowicz violins.  Register at harmonic.momath.org.

Happy Pi Day with MoMath
Sunday, March 13

Come join in the Museum's weekend celebrations in honor of the upcoming Pi Day 2016 on 3/14/16, the one date this entire century that most closely approximates pi (which rounded to four decimal places is 3.1416).  All events free with Museum admission.

  • 10:15 am Meaning of Pi
    A short audience-participatory demonstration that will bring to life what pi is, what it does, how we know about it, and at least two-and-a-half surprising facts about pi.
  • 11:30 am Rhythmic Rotations
    Check out MoMath's hula-hooping contest in honor of pi, the circular constant.  You've never seen hoops this big!  How far must your hips travel to twirl the biggest hoop? Pi tells you the answer.  Meet in MoMath's lobby but dress warmly: Rhythmic Rotations will be held outdoors, weather permitting.
  • 12:45 pm Apollonian Apertures
    Join MoMath to build Apollonian Apertures, the 9-foot fractal circles-within-circles sculpture that embodies a minor miracle of mapmaking.  The sculpture you help to build will remain on display in the Museum through Pi Day.
  • 3:30 pm Can you KenKen?
    See below.

Can you KenKen?  Celebrate math with the man who invented this popular logic puzzle.
Sunday, March 13, 3:30 pm to 4:45 pm

The brilliant inventor of KenKen, Tetsuya Miyamoto, returns to MoMath on March 13 to celebrate Pi Day.  Discover how learning math by solving puzzles can lead to great success in both academics and in life.  First, Miyamoto will speak about his innovative teaching philosophy — The Art of Teaching Without Teaching — as he fills you in on the classroom secrets that led to the creation of KenKen.  Then, enjoy learning to solve KenKen and other logic puzzles from the master!  Try your hand at a KenKen Tournament with hand-crafted and challenging KenKen and other logic puzzles.  Who will take the KenKen title?  Free with admission, but you must register in advance to attend and seats are limited:  kenken.momath.org.

Pi Art with Michael Albert
Monday, March 14, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Pop artist and pi collage creator Michael Albert will be on hand creating a new pi collage and showing several of his original pi designs — he'll even be willing to sign some of his pi creations.  Plus, get your fix of pi-themed novelties at Additions, the shop at MoMath.

Volumes: the MoMath book club
Thursday, March 24, 6:00 pm
Take a journey with Malba Tahan, author of The Man Who Counted, and follow Beremiz Samir as he summons his extraordinary mathematical powers to settle disputes, give wise advice, overcome dangerous enemies, and win fame, fortune, and rich rewards, all while solving puzzles.  Join us on Thursday, March 24, for Volumes, the MoMath book club, to discuss these stories that contain surprising mathematical delights. Mingle with other participants over coffee, tea, and cookies following the discussion.  Register at volumes.momath.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: “Spiraling into Art and Nature”

Friday, March 25, 6:30 pm

Why do we see spirals so often in the world around us?  What is so singular about their geometry that makes them recur in many contexts?  John Edmark, inventor, artist, and professor of design at Stanford, will guide participants in constructing their own spirals, following the hidden recipes that nature uses in creating pinecones, artichokes, pineapples, and more.  Along the way, you'll discover the subtle connections between these spirals, the Fibonacci series, and the golden ratio.  Come and share in the beauty that has catapulted Prof. Edmark's latest video, "Blooms: Strobe-Animated Sculptures," to over 14 million views online.  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.

Math Encounters: "What's Behind Door Number Two? the Monty Hall problem, reconsidered" with Jason Rosenhouse
Wednesday, April 6, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Starting fifty years ago, Monty Hall unwittingly turned the math world on its ear — students and professors alike — with a seemingly simple stunt on his game show, Let's Make a Deal.  In the midst of a trademark giveaway, he'd show contestants that one of the doors hiding prizes was a dud, and then give them the chance to switch from their current choice to the remaining unopened door.  Since then, the debate has raged over whether it's valuable to take Monty's deal.  Professor and card sharp Jason Rosenhouse will help participants sort out the math and myth of whether to switch, and then give us the tools to tackle other fascinating and perplexing situations of choice in the face of incomplete knowledge.  Register at mathencounters.org.

The Man Who Knew Infinity
Tuesday, April 12, 7:00 pm

Join Fields Medalist Manjul Bhargava and up-and-coming director Matt Brown in a conversation, including several pre-release movie clips, about the content and making of the new Hollywood film on Ramanujan, The Man Who Knew Infinity.  Though he never received a formal education in the subject, Ramanujan's work has had a truly transformative effect on modern mathematics.  Even today, as we delve further into lines from his letters and notebooks, Ramanujan's ideas continue to fundamentally change the field and have even influenced Manjul's own work.  Don't miss this one-of-a-kind event as a new and acclaimed film director describes how he brought these ideas to life on the big screen, then listen and learn as a mathematical thought leader of today shares insights about the more accessible ideas of one of history's most stunning mathematical minds.  Chat with Manjul, Matt, and other math and film fans at a reception following the talk, sponsored by a generous MoMath supporter. Register today at ramanujan.momath.org.

Beaver Brains and the Turntable Tango: Anatomy of an Exhibit
Tuesday, April 19, 6:30 pm
MoMath's newest exhibit, Beaver Run, is also one of its most technically challenging.  Two motorized beavers run on a track that passes over 24 rotating turntables, each controlled by visitors using a panel of illuminated knobs.  All of these moving parts have to be perfectly synchronized and coordinated to bring the mathematical principles behind the Truchet tiling to life — and to prevent a catastrophic beaver pile-up or derailment!

Join Geva Patz, MoMath's volunteer technical adviser, as he takes you on a rare backstage tour inside the workings of one of the Museum's most popular exhibits.  You'll hear an incredible tale of engineering ingenuity, precision, and perseverance as Geva shares the story of how Beaver Run was brought to life with the help of a pair of tiny robot brains.  You'll also learn something about the basics of control theory, the branch of applied mathematics that keeps quadcopters in the air, driverless cars on the roads, and beavers on the rails.  Register at beaver.momath.org.

Volumes: the MoMath book club
Thursday, April 21, 6:00 pm
Don’t miss the April meeting of Volumes: the MoMath book club.  We will be discussing the critically acclaimed international bestseller, Uncle Petros and Goldbach’s Conjecture by Apostolos Dioxides.  The pursuit of the answer to the question of whether every even number greater than two is the sum of two primes becomes the protagonist's obsession.  Registration will open shortly after the March meeting of Volumes.

Coming this spring… The Insides of Things: the art of Miguel Berrocal
MoMath's newest art exhibit will focus on the work of Spanish sculptor Miguel Berrocal.  What does Berrocal's work have in common with MoMath's Enigma Café?  Visit this intriguing new exhibit to find out as you take in the masterful craftsmanship of Berrocal's art.

Expansions: MoMath’s innovative program to engage and challenge NYC’s brightest math students

Tuesday or Thursday afternoons (K-12, separated by level)

Reinvent math class with Expansions, MoMath's afternoon gifted program. Featuring programs for all mathematically gifted students currently enrolled in kindergarten through 8th grade, 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 several levels that are differentiated by mathematical experience rather than age. Admission is by application only.  To learn more and submit an application, visit expansions.momath.orgNow with Tuesday options starting at 4:00 pm and 4:30 pm!

Mathematical Artistry
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 open here: applycomposite.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 30 engaging exhibits?  Enter a world of mathematical intrigue, but don’t worry; among 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 for 2016-2017
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 for a trip at fieldtrip.momath.org.

Free trips for Title I schools
Thanks to the support of companies including OppenheimerFunds, Google, Con Edison, and Two Sigma, as well as some generous MoMath friends, support for Title I schools is now available.  To register for a free trip this year, visit titleone.momath.orgInterested in sponsoring a field trip?  Email admin@momath.org.

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.  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 four-hour shifts each month, please send an email to jobs@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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