[MoMath] 2016 May-June Upcoming Events

Dear MoMath friends,

Math is writ large at MoMath!  Join fellow New Yorkers in creating the largest-ever human bell curve, constructing a giant fractal out of glowing lights, and erecting a gigantic geometric tower as MoMath takes its MathHappenings to the city's streets.  Or reach even farther by joining a live studio audience to play with "beautiful math" or lending your voice to the national dialogue on math education.  Math is happening with MoMath!

MoMath at a Glance  
Wed, May 4 Math Encounters: "Saving Face: Information Tricks for Life and Love" with Tom Verhoeff
Tue, May 10 Course Corrections: Is High School Math Serving Society? Can it? Does it?  Should it?
Wed, May 11 MathHappening: A Random Walk on Wall Street
Fri, May 13 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: "Mosaics and Honeycombs" with Alison Martin
Thu, May 19 Volumes, the MoMath book club: Pythagoras' Revenge
Thu, May 19 Unbounded: Live Podcast with "People Doing Math"
Wed, June 1 Math Encounters: "'Rithmetic Revisited" with Carl Pomerance
Fri, June 3 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: "Can You Spot It?" with Alex Kontorovich
Sat, June 4 Fractal Fun in Brooklyn Bridge Park
Sun, June 5 Street Science at the World Science Festival
Tue, June 7 Navajo Math Circles movie screening
Wed, June 8 Harmonic Series: "Musical Palindromes & Symmetries: Music and Talk by Martin Bresnick"
Thu, June 9 Volumes, the MoMath Book Club: Flatterland: Like Flatland Only More So
Mon, June 20 Solstice Poly-Star
Thu, June 30 Disco Unbounded!
Coming soon The Insides of Things: the Art of Miguel Berrocal in Composite, the gallery at MoMath

Special Summer Happenings at MoMath

Transformations Summer Camp at MoMath
July 11th through September 2nd, 9 am – 3 pm (weekly sessions)

Spend summer falling in love with math!  Rising first through eighth graders will experience the richness of mathematics through hands-on and full-body interactive activities illustrating the many connections to math.  Whether you opt for Playing Smart (teaching the strategies behind your favorite math games), Geometric Crafts (bringing out the artistic side of mathematics), Puzzle Me That (riddles and puzzles for problem-solving enthusiasts), or What are the Chances? (probability and the surprising results of everyday life), your child will develop a lifelong appreciation of learning at America’s only Museum of Mathematics.  Sign up now for a 15% early bird discount!  Learn more and register at summercamp.momath.org.

New this summer: Volumes for Teens, Tweens, and Young Adults!
MoMath brings its popular Volumes book club to a younger audience.  Pizza, ice cream, and good math reads:  what better way to spend a summer evening?  Watch for more information, coming soon.

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.

Beautiful Math!
See what some prominent mathematicians find beautiful about mathematics at beautiful.momath.org.

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: “Saving Face: Information Tricks for Life and Love” with Tom Verhoeff
Wednesday, May 4, 4:00 pm and 6:30 pm
Every day we are bombarded with more information than we can possibly process.  But how do we define and quantify what “information” is?  How can it be analyzed, altered, or used?  Computer scientist and Yahtzee expert Tom Verhoeff will guide us through vivid demonstrations of three vital processes that modern mathematics allows us to perform on data: compress it, correct it, and safeguard it.  Come see how these principles work and how they can even help us make emotional connections!  Special introduction by Glenn Lilly, Chief of Mathematics Research at the National Security Agency.  Register at mathencounters.org.

Course Corrections: Is High School Math Serving Society?  Can it?  Does it?  Should it?
Tuesday, May 10, 6:30 pm
The U.S. requires its students to take a full menu of mathematics — one size for all — with no alternatives or exemptions.  Colleges set similar hurdles.  Author and professor of political science and mathematics Andrew Hacker asks one simple question: Why?  James Tanton, mathematics educator, consultant, author, and the Mathematical Association of America's mathematician-at-large, responds with his own question: Are people missing the point of what current high school mathematics is actually about?  Come listen as two of the nation's most prominent voices on math education wrangle over its goals for America's future, in a discussion moderated by John Ewing, President of Math for America.  Register for the event at coursecorrections.momath.org.

MathHappening: A Random Walk on Wall Street
Wednesday, May 11, 6:00 pm
Come make history with MoMath as we create the largest-ever human bell curve!  Rolling dice, small steps, and a giant group march culminate in a surprising result: a huge human histogram showing the famous "normal curve" of statistics.  Celebrate both a love of mathematics and the way randomness twines itself into our lives as you become part of this record-breaking event.  For more information and to register, visit randomwalk.momath.orgSpecial offer: If you register online and are one of the first 150 people onsite, you can take home your own “double dice” set as a souvenir from this special MathHappening event.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: "Mosaics and Honeycombs" with Alison Martin
Friday, May 13, 6:30 pm
Craft complex patterns out of paper and math with weaver, Maker, and artist Alison Martin.  These 3-D geometric puzzles will twist and draw your brain into the third dimension and put your spatial reasoning skills to the test.  Explore an extraordinary variety of possible combinations, including complex patterns seen in nature, and identify the symmetrical assembly patterns that rhythmically repeat in all three directions, stretching outwards toward infinity.  Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.

Volumes: the MoMath book club: Pythagoras' Revenge
Thursday, May 19, 6:00 pm
Pythagoras’ Revenge by Arturo Sangalli revolves around the intriguing possibility that Pythagoras, who forbade his followers to write down any of his results, may have left behind an ancient scroll.  It’s a murder mystery that introduces the reader to various big ideas in mathematics, from infinite series to unsolved problems.  Learn more and register at volumes.momath.org.

Unbounded: Live Podcast with "People Doing Math"
Thursday, May 19, 6:30 pm
"People Doing Math" comes to MoMath!  Join the fun as this Brooklyn-based podcast heads to the floor of MoMath to explore a topic near and dear to their hearts:  Beautiful Math!  Become part of the live studio audience as the producers, a team of non-mathematicians including tinkerers, directors, playwrights, and composers, explore equations of aesthetics and ask mathematicians, artists, and the entire audience, to tell them about the math they find beautiful.  Join "People Doing Math" in spreading the word that Math is Awesome!  Learn more at unbounded.momath.org.

Math Encounters: "'Rithmetic Revisited" with Carl Pomerance
Wednesday, June 1, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
How could there be something we don't know about arithmetic — didn't we learn it all in third grade?  But here's a problem we don't know the solution to: What is the fastest way to multiply?  And another: How many different numbers appear in a large multiplication table?  Dartmouth mathematician Carl Pomerance reveals the hidden mystieries of multiplication and addition in this surprising reexamination of grade-school math.  Learn more and register at mathencounters.org

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: "Can You Spot It?"
Friday, June 3, 6:30 pm
Can you find the deep mathematics underlying a simple card game?  Why would the New York Times devote a long article to a children's game that doesn't exist?  Join Rutgers math professor Alex Kontorovich to find out as you explore an award-winning game of visual perception.  Come for the fun, stay for the mystery, and learn about the surprising ways math shows up in the everyday world.  Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org

Fractal Fun in Brooklyn Bridge Park
Saturday, June 4, 8:00 pm
Join the National Museum of Mathematics for a group construction in which you become part of a giant glowing fractal!  This time, MoMath’s rainbow-colored lightsticks will be used to create a human-scale Koch snowflake in Brooklyn Bridge Park as part of the World Science Festival.  Don’t miss out on the fractal fun in what could end up being the world’s largest-ever human fractal demonstration.

Street Science at the World Science Festival
Note this event takes place in Washington Square Park.
Sunday, June 5, 10:00 am through 6:00 pm
MoMath takes to the streets as part of the World Science Festival’s Street Science program.  Take a literal knight’s tour as you create human-scale string art on the Knight Shift, then join us in erecting dodecART, in which we’ll turn 1,104 pentagons into a giant Rhombic Triacontahedron that will tower above the crowd.

Navajo Math Circles screening
Tuesday, June 7, 6:30 pm
What happens when the transformative nature of math circles is brought to reservation kids at the Navajo Nation?  When these middle and high school students are given the chance to collaborate with top mathematicians?  When they are encouraged to explore mathematics, and its connection to Navajo culture and natural beauty, to their own joy and satisfaction?  Watch this special story unfold as MoMath screens the beautiful new documentary Navajo Math Circles.  And stick around after the screening for a Q&A with math professor Dr. Tatiana Shubin, who lived on the reservation and used the math circle approach to help raise the hopes of parents, students, and teachers for a brighter future.  For more information and to register, visit navajo.momath.org.

Harmonic Series"Musical Palindromes & Symmetries: Music and Talk by Martin Bresnick"
Wednesday, June 8, 7:00 pm
Martin Bresnick’s Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano (1988) is a musical journey through rigorously created palindromes and symmetries, some simple like a child's game of Cat's Cradle, others more complexly "handed" symmetrical forms, but all of which may be elegantly described mathematically.  What might the significance of such fearful abstractions mean to the human heart?  Enjoy a performance by the Martin Bresnick Trio (Elly Toyoda, violin; Ashley Bathgate, cello; Lisa Moore, piano) and then join Martin as he speaks about the music and mathematics.  Learn more and register at harmonic.momath.org.

Volumes: the MoMath book club: Flatterland: Like Flatland Only More So
Thursday, June 9, 6:00 pm
First there was Edwin A. Abbott's remarkable Flatland, published in 1884, one of the all-time classics of popular mathematics.  Now, from mathematician and accomplished science writer Ian Stewart, comes what Nature calls "a superb sequel.”  Flatterland explores our present understanding of the shape and origins of the universe, the nature of space, time, and matter, as well as modern geometries and their applications.  Learn more and register at volumes.momath.org.

Solstice Poly-Star
Monday, June 20, 12:00 pm through 6:00 pm
On June 20, come out to the Flatiron Plaza at 23rd and Broadway to help MoMath celebrate the mathematical significance of the summer solstice in New York City.  There, you'll learn why, just as a seven-pointed star perfectly suited the winter solstice, a ten-pointed star captures the math inherent in the opposite extreme of the solar year.  And this time, MoMath takes the celebration into the third dimension — participants will construct a dozen ten-pointed stars and assemble them into a ten-foot-tall geometric structure with remarkable symmetry.  Come on your lunch break to help kick off the construction or after work for its culmination (or any time in between); anyone can pitch in, even for just a few minutes, and share in mathematical beauty inspired by the start of summer.

Disco Unbounded!
Thursday, June 30, 6:30 pm
Join the disco party with MoMath!  DJ Emille spins the tunes that got everyone dancing in the 70s as we hearken back to a time of mood rings, polyester, and big hair.  And since June is LGBT Pride Month, what better time to celebrate the decade that ignited the LGBT rights movement?  Refreshments will be provided through the generous support of the event sponsor, Oppenheimer Funds.  Register at: unbounded.momath.org.

Coming soon… The Insides of Things: the Art of Miguel Berrocal in Composite, the gallery at MoMath
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 gallery show 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 12th 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 apply, visit expansions.momath.org.

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 Composite, the gallery at MoMath, 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
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 apply for a free trip this year, visit titleone.momath.orgInterested in sponsoring a field trip?  Email donation@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 résumé, and a newly-written essay that, in approximately 150 to 300 words, describes an experience that shaped your love of mathematics.

We hope to see you at MoMath!

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