2017.06 June-July

Dear MoMath friends,

Slide into summer at MoMath with an ongoing slate of mathematical adventures.  Maintain your balance at Equilibrium, MoMath’s new game night for adults; celebrate the summer solstice with sundials and stickers; and don’t miss the opening of MoMath’s new basketball exhibit, Hoop Curves, featuring a visit by NBA executive and retired professional basketball star, Kiki VanDeWeghe.  Plus, enjoy an evening of music featuring hedge fund whiz Pete Muller; explore hands-on math with international math popularizers Marcus du Sautoy (UK) and Jürgen Richter-Gebert (Germany); hear a unique story from NPR’s “The Math Guy” Keith Devlin; and experience the first-ever New York Math Festival, featuring a full day of mathematical fun in the sun.

MoMath at a Glance  
Tuesdays & Thursdays Expansions, the K-12 gifted program at MoMath
Thurs, June 1 Last day to register with early pricing for MOVES 2017The Magic of Math
Sat, June 3 Equilibrium, an adult evening of mathematical games at MoMath
Sun, June 4 MoMath brings Play Truchet and other MoMath classics to the World Science Festival
Sun, June 4 Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for 6th through 9th graders
Tue, June 6 Volumes, the MoMath book club: Symmetry: A Journey into the Patterns of Nature by Marcus du Sautoy
Wed, June 7 Math Encounters: “The Great Unknown: Is there a limit to scientific and mathematical exploration?” with Marcus du Sautoy
Thurs, June 8 Math Unearthed: Uncovering the classroom math behind MoMath’s exhibits (PD session for teachers)
Thurs, June 8 Free Play: A FREE afternoon at MoMath with extended Museum hours
Thurs, June 8 Math Explorations: summer sessions
Tue, June 13 Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: Lost in Lexicon: An Adventure in Words and Numbers by Pendred Noyce
Fri, June 16 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “Eschering Around” with Jürgen Richter-Gebert
Sat, June 17 Finding Fibonacci with NPR’s “The Math Guy” Keith Devlin 
Wed, June 21 MoMath Solstice Sundial: celebrate the start of summer on the Flatiron Plaza with MoMath
Thurs, June 22 Hoop Curves exhibit opening: take your best shot with math and meet NBA pro star Kiki VanDeWeghe!
Thurs, June 22 Math is Sexy – MoMath celebrates Pride with a late-night party, courtesy of OppenheimerFunds
Wed, July 5 Math Encounters: “Diffusion of the Dead” with Thomas Woolley
Thurs, July 6 Pete Muller performs at the Cutting Room to benefit MoMath
Fri, July 7 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “Get into the Game!” with Tim Chartier
Sun, July 9 Math Metropolis, a festival of math fun, on the plaza at 28 Liberty
Thurs, July 13 Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: The Man Who Counted by Malba Tahan
Tue, July 18 Bitcoin: A little “bit” of math, featuring Geva Patz
Thurs, July 20 Volumes, the MoMath book club: A Certain Ambiguity: A Mathematical Novel by Gaurav Suri and Hartosh Singh Bal
Tue, July 25 Math on Trial: How Numbers Get Used and Abused in the Courtroom, with Coralie Colmez
Mon, July 31 through
Fri, August 4
Roundtable: the MoMath Math Teachers’ Circle – Five days of engaging math evenings for K-6 educators
Wed, August 2 Math Encounters: “Deep Math: Between Combinatorics and Chocolate” with Persi Diaconis
Fri, August 4 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “Magic Squares and Magical Squaring” with Art Benjamin
Sat, August 5 through
Sun, August 6
Expressions: the MoMath hackathon, sponsored by Two Sigma Investments
Sun, August 6 through
Tues, August 8
MOVES 2017, The Magic of Math – Join MoMath for its biannual research conference on recreational mathematics.  Mathematicians, math educators, and families: all are welcome!
Weekends MoMath’s Derivatives tour program and Explorations sessions, available upon request

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Buy your tickets to MoMath today!
After more than four years without a price increase, MoMath will be raising its admission prices by one dollar effective July 1.  Tickets purchased prior to July 1 online will be honored for nine months, so don’t delay…buy your tickets to the nation’s only Museum of Math today.

High school students: volunteer at MoMath on weekends starting this fall!
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 MoMath’s 2017-2018 high school volunteer program (starting in September 2017) are now available at momath.org/jobs.

Book a field trip to MoMath
Educators, it’s not too soon to book a field trip to MoMath for next year!  Take advantage of current prices; book today at fieldtrips.momath.org.  Homeschooling your children?  Field trips are available for you, too.  See summations.momath.org.

Summer groups at MoMath
Bring your school, camp, or other group to MoMath this summer and experience one of MoMath’s hands-on, educator-led sessions!  Learn more at summergroups.momath.org.

2017 Transformations summer camp registration
First through eighth graders, spend the summer falling in love with mathematics as you explore the fun and beauty of mathematical games, puzzles, and geometric crafts with MoMath’s dynamic educators.  Campers come back year after year to discover the never-ending wonders of mathematics.  To learn more, visit summercamp.momath.org.  Limited spots remain and waitlists are available; register soon!

Weekend programs for families
Take a tour with MoMath’s new Derivatives tour program (derivatives.momath.org), or join one of MoMath’s specially-trained educators in Explorations, a hands-on classroom experience to discover the wonder of mathematics (explorations.momath.org).  Don’t miss your chance to see math in a whole new light, only at MoMath.

Last day to register with early pricing for the MOVES 2017 conference, The Magic of Math
Featuring Persi Diaconis, Manjul Bhargava, and Art Benjamin!
Thursday, June 1
Mathematicians, math educators, and families, register now to join MoMath in NYC for the third conference on the Mathematics of Various Entertaining Subjects.  The MOVES 2017 conference will take place from August 6 through 8 and will feature dozens of talks on current research in recreational mathematics, as well as a wide variety of family-accessible mathematical activities and events.  Visit moves.momath.org to register.
Equilibrium, an adult evening of mathematical games at MoMath!
Saturday, June 3, 6:00 pm
Tabletop gaming is more fun than ever!  Come join old friends and new for a fun-filled, adult evening of mathematically-rich, hands-on games.  Enjoy classics like Yahtzee and chess, modern options from Laser Maze to Pyramid Arcade to Lost Cities, and even MoMath’s own twist on mathematical favorites like Hex and Nim.  Bring a snack, play some games, and connect with new and interesting people, all while enjoying the unique evening atmosphere at the nation’s only Museum of Math.  Learn more and register at equilibrium.momath.org.
MoMath at the World Science Festival
Sunday, June 4, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm at the NYU Kimmel Center
Join MoMath at the World Science Festival and challenge your friends to a game of Play Truchet, an exciting life-sized race of 3-D mathematical pattern-making and visual perception.  Plus, enjoy other MoMath classics including Plant the Daisy and Formula Morph.
Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for 6th through 9th graders
Sunday, June 4, 6:30 pm
Turn the Law of Averages into the Law of Large Numbers of Treats with this month’s installment of MoMath’s mind-bending candy-guessing game.  If you’re excited by the idea of a math-filled, parent-free night where you can hang out with old and new friends, enjoy cookies and hot chocolate, and move to the tunes of First Class DJs, then don’t miss this exciting program just for 6th through 9th graders.  The best part?  No parents allowed!  Learn more and register at unlimited.momath.org.
Volumes, the MoMath book club: Symmetry: A Journey into the Patterns of Nature by Marcus du Sautoy
Tuesday, June 6, 6:00 pm
MoMath is delighted to announce that mathematician and author Marcus du Sautoy will join MoMath on June 6 at Volumes, the MoMath book club, to discuss his book Symmetry: A Journey into the Patterns of Nature.  This book combines a personal insight into the mind of a working mathematician with the story of one of the biggest adventures in mathematics: the search for symmetry.  This is the story of how humankind has come to its understanding of the bizarre world of symmetry — a subject of fundamental significance to the way we interpret the world around us.  Learn more and register at volumes.momath.org.
Math Encounters: “The Great Unknown: Is there a limit to scientific and mathematical exploration?” with Marcus du Sautoy
Wednesday, June 7, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Are there limits to what we can discover about our physical universe?  Are some regions of the future beyond the predictive powers of science and mathematics?  Are there ideas so complex that they are beyond the conception of our finite human brains?  Can brains even investigate themselves or does the analysis enter an infinite loop from which it is impossible to rescue itself?  Join Marcus du Sautoy, Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford, on a mathematical journey into the Great Unknown.  Special introduction by Geva Patz, entrepreneur, technology consultant, pyrotechnics expert, and winner of the 2017 MoMath Masters
tournament.  Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.
Math Unearthed: Uncovering the classroom math behind MoMath’s exhibits
Professional development for educators
Thursday, June 8, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Looking for a unique staff development opportunity?  Come join the National Museum of Mathematics’ Chief of Education, Nat Stahl, for a day of hands-on discovery.  First, teachers will spend time learning about the math behind a few of MoMath’s unique interactive exhibits; then, they will enjoy some collaborative problem solving together.  Finally, teachers will develop a working lesson plan that they can take back to their classrooms.  This is a great chance for teachers to come together as professionals and share their knowledge and expertise in a fun, dynamic environment!  Learn more and register at unearthed.momath.org.
Free Play: A FREE afternoon at MoMath with extended Museum hours until 6:00 pm
Thursday, June 8, 2:00 pm to 6:00 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 one hour later than usual, so you can optimize your fun.
Math Explorations: summer sessions
Thursday, June 8, 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm

MoMath’s Math Explorations, previously exclusive to school field trips, are now open to the public!  Join one of MoMath’s specially-trained educators in an exploratory, hands-on classroom experience to discover the wonder of mathematics.  Learn more and register at summerexplorations.momath.org.
Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: Lost in Lexicon: An Adventure in Words and Numbers by Pendred Noyce
Tuesday, June 13, 4:30 pm
Join MoMath at Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens, to discuss Lost in Lexicon: An Adventure in Words and Numbers by Pendred Noyce.  When thirteen-year-old cousins Ivan and Daphne go on a treasure hunt in the rain one summer day, they never expect to stumble into a whole new world where words and numbers run wild.  Learn more and register at tweenprimes.momath.org.
Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “Eschering Around” with Jürgen Richter-Gebert
Friday, June 16, 6:30 pm
Combine the mathematical artistry of M.C. Escher with the creativity of folding paper as you create your own personal “kaleidocycle.”  Professor and interactive mathematics expert Jürgen Richter-Gebert, creator of the app iOrnament, shows us how to design our own Escher-like patterns and then use them to create dynamic paper sculptures that rotate ’round and ’round.  Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.
Finding Fibonacci with with NPR’s “The Math Guy” Keith Devlin
Saturday, June 17, 6:30 pm
Join Dr. Keith Devlin, “The Math Guy” from NPR’s Weekend Edition, as he recounts his exploration of the life and legacy of thirteenth century mathematician Leonardo of Pisa, popularly known as Fibonacci.  Leonardo introduced the Hindu-Arabic numeral system and arithmetic to the Western world, and thereby helped start a global, social, and economic revolution.  Devlin first shared Leonardo’s story in a 2011 book titled The Man of Numbers: Fibonacci’s Arithmetic Revolution.  His new book, Finding Fibonacci, describes his own experiences, reconstructed from his project diary and notes, together with the stories of three other contemporary scholars, each of whom
investigated this long-forgotten medieval mathematician who did so much to create the world in which we live.  Learn more and register at fibonacci.momath.org.
MoMath Solstice Sundial
Wednesday, June 21 7:30 am to 6:30 pm at the Flatiron Plaza (between 23rd St., 5th Ave., and Broadway)
Cast your shadow to mark the time on the longest day of the year.  Join MoMath in creating a large-scale human sundial and leave your personal mark on a giant sundial banner that will be displayed in the nation’s only Museum of Mathematics through the end of June.
Hoop Curves opening!
Thursday, June 22
Join NBA executive and basketball pro Kiki VanDeWeghe as he introduces MoMath’s newest exhibit.  Recreating a regulation-size free throw space within the Museum, Hoop Curves invites you to take your best shot and then to do so again, this time with the aid of a robotic ball-shooter.  Using cutting edge technology to record the components of every ball launch, this exhibit promises to combine America’s love of sports with data visualization techniques that will help you improve your throw.  Some come on down and take your best shot…with math! 

Math is Sexy – MoMath celebrates Pride with a late-night party
Thursday, June 22, 8:00 pm

Join MoMath in a celebration of the intersection between freedom of expression and mathematics, courtesy of our friends at OppenheimerFunds.  Guests will be treated to a custom love potion by Calder Singer, a full open bar sponsored by Miller Coors, and the sounds of iconic DJ Lina Bradford, DJ NAR, and DJ Emille, all while performing artists and dancers activate the exhibits.  Advocate and artist Domingo Zapata will be honored with the MoMath Diversity Champion Award.  $25 early bird tickets through June 2nd, $30 thereafter, $35 at the door.  Learn more and register at pride.momath.org.

Math Encounters“Diffusion of the Dead” with Thomas Woolley
Wednesday, July 5, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Knowing how long we have before we interact with a zombie could mean the difference between life, death, and zombification!  In this game of impending doom, mathematician Thomas Woolley shows us how math might just be the best weapon we have to survive…and how strategies to defeat zombies have real-world relevance in the fight against the worldwide spread of contagious disease.  Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.
Pete Muller performs at the Cutting Room
Special event to benefit MoMath
Thursday, July 6, 7:00 pm
Join singer/songwriter Pete Muller in a special summer concert benefiting MoMath.  Muller, a modern day Renaissance man, began his musical career by busking for the masses in the New York subways while at the same time publishing a monthly music-themed crossword puzzle and achieving success as a pioneer in quant investing, where he was dubbed one of the “hottest hedge fund manager[s] on Wall Street today.”  Muller’s budding musical career caught the attention of Forbes, The New York Times, and various other outlets, which led to three albums, the most recent produced by two-time Grammy winner Rick DePofi.  With influences such as Billy Joel, Shawn Colvin, Patty Griffin, and Elvis
Costello, Muller’s accessible lyrical style has garnered him hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube.  The evening will also feature the creative talents of John “Whooli” Whoolilurie on sax/keyboard, Skip Ward on bass, David Silliman on drums, Katie Jacoby on violin, Timba Harris on violin/trumpet, and Missy Soltero on vocals.  For more information and to register, visit muller.momath.org100% of the proceeds from ticket sales will be used to support the programs and operations of the nation’s only Museum of Mathematics.
Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “Get into the Game!” with Tim Chartier
Friday, July 7, 6:30 pm
Dig into sports using math and computer science.  Join mathematician Tim Chartier and learn how sports analytics has been used to help the NBA, the NFL, NASCAR, and ESPN.  From analyzing March Madness to answering questions for national media, Dr. Chartier will show us how to get into the game — with math.  Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.
Math Metropolisthe New York Math Festival
Plaza at 28 Liberty
Sunday, July 9, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Add a little math to your summer!  MoMath is pleased to be joined by the Julia Robinson Math Festival and the folks from MIND Research Institute to bring you a full day of mathematical fun.  Bring the entire family to the plaza at 28 Liberty and enjoy hands-on math exhibits, entertaining mathematical games, and intriguing puzzles and brainteasers.  Plus, take home a little bit of MoMath: we’ll be setting up an outpost of Additions, the shop at MoMath, for all your summer gift needs.
Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: The Man Who Counted by Malba Tahan
Thursday, July 13, 4:30 pm
The Man Who Counted is a series of delightful “Arabian nights”-style tales, with each story built around a classic mathematical puzzle.  The puzzles fit into the stories so naturally that they are a necessary part of the fantasy.  The hero is a Persian mathematician and mystic named Beremiz who uses his powers of calculation like a magic wand to amaze and entertain people, settle disputes, find justice and, finally, win the heart of a beautiful princess.  Reading the stories is as much fun as trying to solve the puzzles.  Learn more and register at tweenprimes.momath.org.


Bitcoin: A little “bit” of math
Tuesday, July 18, 6:00 pm

All money is a mathematical abstraction, but cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin especially depend on a lot of deep mathematics for their existence.  In this in-depth class, you’ll learn how some obscure branches of mathematics came together to become a $30 billion economic system; you’ll understand the inner workings of Bitcoin and the blockchain on which it is based; and you’ll even learn how to steal Bitcoin with math.  No mathematical background is required, however, the class is best suited to an adult audience.  Visit bitcoin.momath.org for more information and to register.

Volumes, the MoMath book club: A Certain Ambiguity: A Mathematical Novel by Gaurav Suri and Hartosh Singh Bal
Thursday, July 20, 6:00 pm

While taking a class on infinity at Stanford in the late 1980s, Ravi Kapoor discovers that he is confronting the same mathematical and philosophical dilemmas that his mathematician grandfather had faced many decades earlier — and that had landed him in jail.  Charged under an obscure blasphemy law in a small New Jersey town in 1919, Vijay Sahni is challenged by a skeptical judge to defend his belief that the certainty of mathematics can be extended to all human knowledge — including religion.  This is a truly captivating thriller that will take you on a whirlwind tour to infinity — and beyond.  But be warned: once you start reading, you won’t be able to put it aside until finished!  This
masterly-told story weaves together criminal law, ancient and modern history, a young man’s quest to know his deceased grandfather — and some highly intriguing mathematics.  Learn more and register at volumes.momath.org.

Math on Trial: How Numbers Get Used and Abused in the Courtroom
Tuesday, July 25, 6:00 pm

Mathematical calculations have been used in the courtroom to convict people of theft, treason, forgery, and even murder.  But often, the math involved was wrong — and innocent people were found guilty.  Join mathematician and author Coralie Colmez as she identifies some of the mistakes made during historical trials and the consequences of those errors.  Sometimes, it really is a matter of life and death!  Learn more and register at trial.momath.org.

Roundtable: the MoMath Math Teachers’ Circle
Summer Intensive
Monday, July 31 through Friday, August 4

If you’re a K-6 educator who wants to enjoy or improve your relationship with math, don’t miss the kick-off to MoMath’s new Math Teachers’ Circle.  This summer intensive runs evenings for a full week and includes three evenings of engaging exploration and play that will heighten your appreciation of math.  Plus, enjoy optional presentations from two of the nation’s most entertaining math presenters, Persi Diaconis and Art Benjamin.  Whether you love math, want to love math, or would just settle for improving your relationship with math, this is the program for you!  For more information and to register, visit mtc.momath.org.

Math Encounters: “Deep Math: Between Combinatorics and Chocolate” with Persi Diaconis
Wednesday, August 2, 7:00 pm
Sometimes, good magic tricks use deep math or physics.  Join mathematician and magician Persi Diaconis as he illustrates this by taking a coagulation-fragmentation model used in physics, chemistry, astronomy, and biology and making a surprising trick out of it.  Understanding the trick and the underlying dynamics of the model leads to nice problems in combinatorics and probability.  And yes, the trick really does involve chocolate!  Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.  Special introduction by Matthew Goldstein, Chancellor Emeritus of the City University of New York.
Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “Magic Squares and Magical Squaring” with Art Benjamin
Friday, August 4, 6:30 pm
Learn the secrets of creating a personalized magic square based on your birthday along with magical ways to square, cube, and take the cube root of numbers, featuring popular entertainer and mathemagician Art Benjamin.  Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.
Expressions: the MoMath hackathon
Saturday, August 5, 10:00 am through Sunday, August 6, 5:00 pm
Join the MoMath technology team for a weekend of fun and creation, courtesy of Two Sigma Investments.  Get a behind-the-scenes look at the tech that makes the magic happen and a sneak peek at some of the exciting new projects in the works.  Hack in teams to take on exhibit enhancement and visitor experience projects, or be among the first to experiment with new SDKs for two of the Museum’s breathtaking exhibits, Dynamic Wall and Math Square.  Winning projects may be incorporated into the Museum experience!  Learn more and register at hackathon.momath.org.
MOVES Conference
Sunday, August 6 through Tuesday, August 8
Get ready for the next MOVES conference, which will take place in New York City from August 6 – 8, 2017!  Explore America’s only museum of math in a night open exclusively to conference attendees, then participate in two days of sessions on the mathematics of games and puzzles.  Bring your family along; there will be a special family track to entertain.  Registration with early pricing ends on June 1.  Learn more at moves.momath.org.

Events, birthday parties, and more
Looking to host a one-of-a-kind event where your guests can interact with over 40 engaging exhibits?  Enter a world of mathematical intrigue, but don’t worry: amidst 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, 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 2017-2018 school year, visit titleone.momath.orgInterested in sponsoring a field trip?  Email donation@momath.org.

Beautiful Math
See what mathematicians think is beautiful about mathematics at beautiful.momath.org.  Now featuring Stephen Wolfram!

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.

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