[MoMath] 2016 May-June Upcoming Events

Dear MoMath friends, 

Hit the streets with MoMath for fun in the sun, lights at night, and giant group constructions at some of New York City's nicest parks and plazas, then come back to MoMath for books, movies, music, and more. And don’t miss your chance to experience the engaging side of math entirely for free during MoMath’s first-ever Free Play week!


MoMath at a Glance  
Wed, June 1 Math Encounters: "'Rithmetic Revisited" featuring Carl Pomerance with special introduction by “math babe” Cathy O’Neil
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 with the World Science Festival
Sun, June 5 MoMath brings the giant DodecART construction and Knight Shift to the World Science Festival
Tue, June 7 Navajo Math Circles movie screening
Wed, June 8 Harmonic Series: "Musical Palindromes & Symmetries" — concert and talk with Bruce Adolphe and Martin Bresnick
Thu, June 9 Volumes, the MoMath book club: Flatterland: Like Flatland Only More So
Mon, June 20 Solstice Poly-Star — celebrate the summer solstice by building an almost ten-foot-tall geometric structure with remarkable symmetry
June 23 to 29 MoMath Free Play: Enjoy several opportunities for FREE admission to the nation’s only museum of math!
Thu, June 30 Disco UnboundedMoMath’s 21+ night; free drink and snacks with admission
Wed, July 6 Math Encounters: "Enigmatic Figures: The Ramanujan Legacy" featuring Ken Ono with special introduction by Devika Bhise, lead actress from the new movie The Man Who Knew Infinity
Fri, July 8 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: "Playful Geometry" with Ann Schwartz
Mon, July 11 MoMath's Chief of Math joins People Doing Math for a live podcast at the Sheen Center
July 11 to September 2 Transformations summer camp at MoMath — sign up now!
Tue, July 26 Math Metropolis, a festival of math fun on the plaza at 28 Liberty
Thu, July 28 Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for Tweens and Teens: The Number Devil, A Mathematical Adventure, with pizza and ice cream party!
Coming soon The Insides of Things: The Art of Miguel Berrocal in Composite, the gallery at MoMath

Last chance to apply for the $25,000 Rosenthal Prize:  rosenthalprize.momath.org

Special Summer Happenings at MoMath

Register now for Transformations summer camp at MoMath
July 11 through September 2, 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 the nation's only museum of math.  Learn more and register at summercamp.momath.org.

College students: become a MoMath intern!
Share your love of math with others!  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.  Last call: applications must be received by June 5. 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.

Note: Additions, the shop at MoMath, will be closed on July 1.

Math Encounters: "'Rithmetic Revisited" featuring 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 whose solution we don’t know: 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 mysteries of multiplication and addition in this surprising reexamination of grade-school math.  Special introduction by "math babe" Cathy O'Neil.  Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: "Can You Spot It?" with Alex Kontorovich
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 with the World Science Festival
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!  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.

DodecART and Knight Shift at the World Science Festival
Please 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.

MoMath thanks the Overdeck Family Foundation for supporting its presence at the World Science Festival.

Navajo Math Circles movie 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 producer/director George Csicsery and 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.  Also in attendance will be six of the Navajo students featured in the film.  For more information and to register, visit navajo.momath.org.

Harmonic Series"Musical Palindromes & Symmetries" — concert and talk with Bruce Adolphe and 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 Mammoth 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 an almost 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.

MoMath Free PlayEnjoy several opportunities for FREE admission to the nation’s only museum of math!
Weekdays Thursday, June 23 through Wednesday, June 29 (details below)

  • Thursday, June 23 — Prime Time for TeachersExplore the nation’s only museum of math and learn more about bringing your class on a field trip to MoMath.  Teachers (with valid ID) plus one guest will receive complimentary admission between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm.
  • Friday, June 24 —  Mind Set: Student and Senior Day: College students (with valid student ID) and seniors (60+), MoMath is FREE ALL DAY for you.  Keep your mind agile over the summer at MoMath.
  • Monday, June 27 — Reflections: National Sunglasses Day at MoMath: MoMath welcomes summer on National Sunglasses Day!  Show up at MoMath on June 27 sporting your favorite pair of shades and receive free admission between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm.
  • Tuesday, June 28 —  Exhibit Tangents: Admission is FREE ALL DAY, plus take a deep dive into an exhibit or two as MoMath pilots its new tour system.  Pre-registration is required for all tours; visit tour.momath.org for more information and to register.
  • Wednesday, June 29 — DaVinci Dome:  Admission is FREE ALL DAY, plus join the MoMath crew at 1:00 pm to build an impressive spanning structure using an ingenious and elegant system of specially notched wooden beams.  This graceful structure is based on the work of the great Renaissance architect and mathematician, Leonardo DaVinci.

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.  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 Oppenheimer Funds.  Register at unbounded.momath.org.

Math Encounters: "Enigmatic Figures: The Ramanujan Legacy" featuring Ken Ono
Wednesday, July 6, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Srinivasa Ramanujan is one of the most enigmatic figures in the history of mathematics.  A self-trained amateur mathematician, his ideas befuddled the accumulated wisdom of mathematicians in the early 20th century.  Join award-winning Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science Ken Ono as he demonstrates how Ramanujan’s legacy continues to play a central role in the development of many of the deepest subjects in arithmetic geometry and number theory.  Special introduction by Devika Bhise, leading actress from the recent movie The Man Who Knew Infinity.  Find out more and register at mathencounters.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: "Playful Geometry" with Ann Schwartz
Friday, July 8, 6:30 pm
Flexagons are fascinating — and challenging! — geometric puzzles.  Anyone who can fold a piece of paper can transform these paper strips into hexagons and squares.  But can you flex them to reveal the colors hidden in the folds?  Flexagon expert Ann Schwartz will share the surprising geometry that allows multiple faces to appear and disappear like magic.  Decorate your own to make a puzzle that’s uniquely yours, take home one of Ann’s newest models, and turn your night inside out with these intriguing paper constructions.  Please note: “Playful Geometry" is most appropriate for children ages 8 and older.  Find out more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.

People Doing Math live podcast
Monday, July 11, 7:30 pm
Check out the People Doing Math podcast from May’s Unbounded event at peoplepodcast.momath.org.  And don’t miss the next live podcast on July 11 at the Sheen Center for for Thought and Culture where People Doing Math will be joined once again by MoMath’s own Chief of Mathematics, Nick Rauh.  Purchase tickets here, and use code MOMATH to save $4.

Math Metropolisa festival of math fun on the plaza at 28 Liberty
Tuesday, July 26, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Add a little math to your summer!  Experience Math Midway 2 Go, a suite of six hands-on exhibits highlighting the wonder of mathematics, brought to you by the National Museum of Mathematics and Fosun / 28 Liberty.  Slice shapes with lasers to discover surprising cross sections with the Ring of Fire, challenge your friends to find the fastest curve on the Roller Graphicoaster, and crank up the math tunes using the Organ Function Grinder.  Explore these exhibits and more on July 26 on the plaza at 28 Liberty from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

  • Work in the area?  Come by for a taste of math with your lunch!
  • Parents, bring the kids and reconnect with the fun side of math this summer.
  • Teachers, preview the popular MM2GO exhibition — it can visit your school!  Next year, MoMath is offering FREE visits for Title I schools.  Join us in the plaza for more information and to register for your free trip: first come, first served. 

Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for Tweens and Teens: The Number Devil, A Mathematical Adventure
Thursday, July 28, 4:00 pm
Like to read?  Like math or wish you did?  Come to Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for Tweens and Teens (ages 7-16).  Meet and talk about The Number Devil by Hans Magnus Enzensberger, a fun book about Robert, who hates math and has bad dreams where he visits a bizarre magical land of number tricks with the number devil as his host.  After the discussion, stick around to celebrate the joy of math and reading with a pizza and ice cream party.  For more information and to register, visit tweenprimes.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.

Summer group registration
MoMath has exciting opportunities for camps and other groups and organizations to explore the Museum on self-guided tours as well as programs that include educator-led sessions.  Register for a group visit at summergroup.momath.org.

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 and pay by June 30 for a trip in September or October and receive a 50% discount.  Learn more 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 in the 2016-2017 school 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.

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