[MoMath] 2016 August-September Upcoming Events

Dear MoMath friends,

Take a break from the summer heat with some refreshing mathematical offerings.  From the intangibles of human behavior and the frailties of human intuition to hands-on exploration with magnets and playdough, math is everywhere around us.  Don’t miss your chance to explore the wonders of mathematics through books, movies, music, puzzles, art, and more, this summer at MoMath.  And grandparents, don’t miss the opportunity to bring the grandkids for free during MoMath's special grandparent weekend.  Not a grandparent?  Don’t worry, everyone can visit for free during an open-late event, courtesy of our friends at Citadel.


MoMath at a Glance  
Wed, August 3 Math Encounters: "Open Book: How Patterns Make Us Surprisingly Predictable" with Hannah Fry
Fri, August 5 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: "Wood, Magnets, Playdough, and Space" with Jane Kostick and Sharon Kulik
Thurs, August 11 The Discrete Charm of Geometry free film screening with director Ekaterina Eremenko
Tues, August 23 Po's Puzzle Party with Po-Shen Loh, two-time winning coach of the first place USA Math Olympiad Team
Thurs, August 25 Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for Tweens and Teens: The Prince of Mathematics: Carl Friedrich Gauss
Wed, September 7 Math Encounters: "Single Digits: The Wonders of One to Nine" with Marc Chamberland
Fri, September 9 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: "Number Puzzles" with Dan Zaharopol
Sat & Sun, September 10 & 11 Grandparents' Weekend: Free entry for every grandparent plus two grandchildren
Wed, September 14 Significant Figures, MoMath's program for seniors, begins. Engage your mind with the wonders of mathematics and meet Will Shortz.
Wed, September 14 Harmonic Series: “Einstein’s Light: Bruce Adolphe’s Music from the Nickolas Barris Film”
Thurs, September 15 Volumes, the MoMath book club: Logicomix: An epic search for truth
Fri, September 16 Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival at MoMath
Tues, September 20 Free Play: a FREE afternoon at MoMath, brought to you by Citadel
Wed, September 21 Fashion, Faith, and Fantasy with Roger Penrose
Wed, September 28 Summations: homeschool exploration days at MoMath
Fri, September 30 Last day to submit your song for Open Set, MoMath's annual mathematical song contest
Wed, October 5 Math Encounters: "3D Shadows: Casting Light on the Fourth Dimension" with Henry Segerman
Fri, October 7 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: "Chameleon Cubes" with Harold Reiter
Coming soon The Insides of Things: The Art of Miguel Berrocal in Composite, the gallery at MoMath

High school students: Intern at MoMath on weekends!

High school students with a love of math can become a part of MoMath!  Gain valuable experience while helping others, and add something unique to your college applications.  Applications for 2016-2017 high school internships are now available at momath.org/jobs.

Pokémon at MoMath
MoMath is a PokéStop and has a PokéGym! Come in and catch 'em all with Pokémon Go, then stay and explore MoMath's innovative exhibits.

Don't miss MoMath's annual gala, Race to the Finish, honoring Nate Silver.
Come out to support the nation's only Museum of Math and hear what Nate has to say, just two weeks before the election. Tickets on sale now: gala.momath.org.

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

Open Set — MoMath's Song Contest
Make math your muse!  MoMath is now accepting submissions for its annual mathematical song competition, Open Set.  Write your own words to a favorite tune or compose your own melody; the only rules are that the lyrics must be original and must be about math or a mathematical concept.  The winners will be announced and will have a chance to perform their winning songs at an open mic night at MoMath on Thursday, October 27.  Submissions will be accepted through September 30.  Submit your song at openset.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.

Special Summer Happenings at MoMath

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.

Register now for a week-long session of Transformations summer camp at MoMath
Now 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.

Math Encounters: "Open Book: How Patterns Make Us Surprisingly Predictable" with Hannah Fry
Wednesday, August 3, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
MoMath is delighted to announce that Hannah Fry, rapidly becoming one of the UK's best-known mathematicians, will be presenting "Open Book: How Patterns Make Us Surprisingly Predictable" at Math Encounters.  We all like to think of ourselves as strong, independent, and single-minded individuals.  But despite our illusion of free will, and despite the seemingly random sets of circumstances that bring about our decisions, our behavior as humans is surprisingly easy to predict.  The more we use technology, the more we leave behind a footprint of our actions in almost everything that we do.  Mathematician Hannah Fry reveals the surprisingly simple mathematical patterns that unite us all as she demonstrates how the capture of data tracing human behavior has the potential to shape the way we view the world around us.  Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.  And read more about Hannah in this article from The Guardian.

Please note: this month’s installment of Math Encounters will not be filmed. The talk will not appear on YouTube nor be available for purchase. The only way to enjoy this talk is to come to MoMath. Space is limited, so register now!

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: "Wood, Magnets, Playdough, and Space" with Jane Kostick and Sharon Kulik
Friday, August 5, 6:30 pm
Can you pack 2D shapes together so that there are no gaps or overlaps?  Can you do it in three dimensions too?  Join designer/woodworker Jane Kostick and early childhood educator Sharon Kulik for an evening of hands-on exploration of repeating patterns, negative space, and one of their favorite 3D shapes, the rhombic dodecahedron.  Get to know this intriguing shape via playdough, puzzles, and play — filling space has never been this much fun!  Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.

The Discrete Charm of Geometry film screening with director Ekaterina Eremenko
Thursday, August 11, 6:30 pm
Don’t miss Ekaterina Eremenko’s latest film, giving us an inside view of the world of mathematicians and the challenges and beauty of mathematical discovery.  The movie explores the question of where the boundaries lie between mathematics and the lives of those who are involved in it and how much they are willing to sacrifice in the search for precise scientific answers.  Director Ekaterina Eremenko and mathematician Yuri Tschinkel, executive producer of Ermenko’s earlier film Colors of Math, will be on hand after the movie to join the discussion.  Learn more and register at discretecharm.momath.org.

Po's Puzzle Party
Tuesday, August 23, 6:00 pm
What is the purpose of mathematics?  Join Po-Shen Loh, two-time winning coach of the first place USA Math Olympiad Team, as he shares puzzles and paradoxes that arise from the failure of human intuition.  See how mathematical reasoning can help us make sense out of these thought-provoking challenges, and experience the surprising and fun nature of mathematics in the process.  Learn more and register at puzzleparty.momath.org.

For a taste of these unique puzzles, which will also appear as part of the Spirit of Ramanujan Math Talent Initiative, visit expii.com/ramanujan.

Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for Tweens and Teens
Thursday, August 25, 4:30 pm
Encourage your children’s summer reading and treat them to a fun time at MoMath with pizza and ice cream!  Sign up your tween (ages 10 – 15) for MoMath’s new book club, Tween Primes.  In The Prince of Mathematics: Carl Friedrich Gauss by M. B. W. Tent, learn about the boy who could read and add numbers when he was three years old; thwarted his teacher by finding a quick and easy way to sum the numbers 1-100; attracted the attention of a Duke with his genius and became the man who predicted the reappearance of a lost planet; discovered basic properties of magnetic forces; and invented a surveying tool used by professionals until the invention of lasers.

Young readers will be transported back two centuries to the candlelit world of Carl Friedrich Gauss.  M.B.W. Tent's charming tale follows Gauss from his working-class boyhood to the heights of European mathematics.  Learn more and register at tweenprimes.momath.org.

Math Encounters: "Single Digits: The Wonders of One to Nine" with Marc Chamberland
Wednesday, September 7, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
While people get excited about numbers like pi and e, the familiar small numbers one to nine hold a magic all their own.  Did you know that if you do eight perfect riffle shuffles on a deck of 52 cards, you always get the original ordering back?  Or that among six people, either three of them must be all friends or three must be all strangers?  And what does the perfect size of paper have to do with the square root of two?  MoMath welcomes mathematician Marc Chamberland, creator of Tipping Point Math, as he helps us make special and surprising connections to each of the single digits one to nine.  Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: "Number Puzzles" with Dan Zaharopol
Friday, September 9, 6:30 pm
A little bit of thinking goes a long way!  Maybe you know Sudoku or KenKen.  They're fun, but once you know how to do them, you just follow the same strategy over and over.  Join MoMath favorite Dan Zaharopol as he returns to guide us through all kinds of new and different puzzles.  But beware: you'll need to be creative and clever to come up with strategies to solve these intriguing challenges.  Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.

Grandparents' Weekend
Saturday and Sunday, September 10 and 11
Admission is free for one adult and up to two grandchildren during grandparents' weekend!  No registration is required, but please note that space may be limited.

Significant Figures preview: Experience a special educator-led session designed for grandparents to enjoy together with their grandchildren at 11:30 am or 2:00 pm.  Advance registration is required for these programs, and there is an $8/person fee.  Space is limited!  Registrants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  Learn more and register at grandparents.momath.org.

Significant Figures
Wednesdays, beginning September 14, 3:45 pm
Special guest on September 14: Will Shortz, NY Times crossword puzzle editor
Significant Figures is a series of twelve educator-led workshops offered to seniors.  Workshops are held weekly from 3:45 to 4:45 pm from September 14 through December 21.  On the first Wednesday of each month, full-session registrants are invited to enjoy reserved priority seating for Math Encounters with a special opportunity to meet the presenter right before the program begins.  Sign up now for individual workshops, or for the full series or half series and receive a discount.  And if you sign up now for the debut event, you'll have a chance to meet Will Shortz, NY Times crossword puzzle editor!  Learn more and register at significantfigures.momath.org.

Harmonic Series: Einstein’s Light: Bruce Adolphe’s Music from the Nickolas Barris Film”
Wednesday, September 14, 7:00 pm in Engleman Recital Hall at the Baruch Performing Arts Center
Albert Einstein said, “If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician.  I often think in music.  I live my daydreams in music.  I see my life in terms of music.”  Einstein played violin all his life and was particularly devoted to the music of Mozart and Bach.  In this multi-media presentation, violinist Mark Steinberg of the Brentano String Quartet and pianist Marija Stroke perform Bruce Adolphe’s score for the film Einstein’s Light, with stunning visualizations by Nickolas Barris projected on screen.  Learn more and register at harmonic.momath.org.

Volumes, the MoMath book club: Logicomix: An epic search for truth
Thursday, September 15, 6:00 pm
Join MoMath for coffee, cookies, and a discussion of Logicomix: An epic search for truth by Apostles Doxiadis and Christos Papadimitriou.  This exceptional graphic novel recounts the spiritual odyssey of philosopher Bertrand Russell.  In his agonized search for absolute truth, Russell crosses paths with legendary thinkers like Gottlob Frege, David Hilbert, and Kurt Gödel and finds a passionate student in the great Ludwig Wittgenstein.  But his most ambitious goal — to establish unshakable logical foundations of mathematics — continues to loom before him.  Through love and hate, peace and war, Russell persists in the dogged mission that threatens to claim both his career and his personal happiness, finally driving him to the brink of insanity.  Learn more and register at volumes.momath.org.

Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival at MoMath
Friday, September 16, 6:00 pm
The Julia Robinson Mathematics Festivals allow young people to develop their talent for mathematics by providing problems, puzzles, and activities that are intriguing and accessible.  The focus is on creating a collaborative, non-competitive atmosphere to explore the joys and power of mathematics.  This mathematics festival is open to students in grades 6-12 and will take place from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday, September 16, 2016 at the National Museum of Mathematics, 11 E 26th St.  You can find out more about the Julia Robinson Festivals and register at juliarobinson.momath.org.

Free Play: a FREE afternoon at MoMath, brought to you by Citadel

Tuesday, September 20, 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm

For one afternoon, admission to MoMath will be completely free for all visitors!  Come enjoy all your favorite exhibits — and if you have friends who have never been to the Museum, there's no better time to bring them along.  Plus, MoMath will be open two hours later than usual, so you can optimize your fun.  Free Play is made possible through the generous support of Citadel.

Fashion, Faith, and Fantasy with Roger Penrose
Wednesday, September 21, 6:00 pm
What can fashionable ideas, blind faith, or pure fantasy possibly have to do with the scientific quest to understand the universe?  Surely, theoretical physicists are immune to mere trends, dogmatic beliefs, or flights of fancy?  In fact, acclaimed physicist and bestselling author Roger Penrose argues that researchers working at the extreme frontiers of physics are just as susceptible to these forces as anyone else.  In his provocative new book, he argues that fashion, faith, and fantasy, while sometimes productive and even essential in physics, may be leading today's researchers astray in three of the field's most important areas—string theory, quantum mechanics, and cosmology.  Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from Roger Penrose, creator of MoMath’s popular aperiodic (non-repeating) Penrose tiles, then join him at a free reception following the talk.  Learn more and register at penrose.momath.org.

Summations: homeschool exploration days at MoMath
Wednesday, September 28, 2:00 pm
Homeschool students, now you too can experience the excitement of a MoMath field trip!  Attend the Summations program and spend the afternoon perusing MoMath’s engaging interactive exhibits along with other homeschool families.  Registration includes admission to an exploratory, hands-on classroom experience led by one of MoMath's specially-trained educators.  Space for workshops is limited and registration is required to attend: summations.momath.org.

Math Encounters: "3D Shadows: Casting Light on the Fourth Dimension" with Henry Segerman
Wednesday, October 5, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Living in a three-dimensional environment, we’re all very good at visualizing two- and three-dimensional objects.  But how can we understand four-dimensional objects?  Join mathematician Henry Segerman as he casts light on the fourth dimension, using 3D-printed shadows to squish four-dimensional shapes into our three-dimensional world.  Along the way, explore fantastical sculptures, intriguing puzzles, and virtual reality experiences that come from thinking about these extra-dimensional shadows.  Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: "Chameleon Cubes" with Harold Reiter
Friday, October 7, 6:30 pm
Let's get creative with cubes!  Use three colors to decorate the faces of 27 small cubes, then put them together to form a 3x3x3 cube.  But wait, there's a catch: can you color the little cubes so that the large cube looks like it's all one color?  Can you change it to a different color?  How about the third color?  Join mathematician Harold Reiter as he takes us on a colorful journey into the combinatorial properties of cubes.  Learn more and register at familyfridays.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

 will continue after the summer.
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 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.

We hope to see you at MoMath!

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