2017.08 August-September

Dear MoMath friends,

It’s an action-packed August at MoMath: education, art, magic, and even chocolate are featured during this month of exciting events, including the return of MoMath favorite Art Benjamin, a brand new hackathon, and the exciting biennial MOVES conference, with magical math for everyone!

MoMath at a Glance  
Now Open! MoMath’s newest exhibit, Hoop Curves
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 Platonic Solids: Tiffany lamps, art objects, and stepping-stones to higher dimensions
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
Sun, August 6 through
Tues, August 8
MOVES 2017: The Magic of Math, sponsored by Two Sigma — Join MoMath for its biennial research conference on recreational mathematics.  Mathematicians, math educators, and families: all are welcome!
Fri, August 11 through
Tues, August 15
Pythagorize Seattlemulti-day, city-wide puzzle hunt followed by special celebratory event on 8-15-17, sponsored by the Bezos Family Foundation, OppenheimerFunds, and Weyerhaeuser with the support of MOHAI, the Pacific Science Center, and Math 4 Love. 
Thurs, August 24 Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: Numbed! by David Lubar
Thurs, August 24 Volumes, the MoMath book club: Math on Trial: How Numbers Get Used and Abused in the Courtroom by Leila Schneps and Coralie Colmez; don’t miss your chance to meet the author!
Wed, September 6 Math Encounters: “The Mathematics of Doodling” with Ravi Vakil
Fri, September 8 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “Picking Points A-Plenty” with Nat Stahl
Sat, September 9 Equilibrium, an adult evening of mathematical games
Sun, September 10 Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for 6th through 9th graders
Sat & Sun, September 9 & 10 Grandparents’ Weekend: Free admission for grandparents and up to two grandchildren!
Thurs, September 14 Volumes, the MoMath book club: The Wild Numbers by Philibert Schogt
Beginning Sat, September 16 Adventures in Algorithms: experimental computational Mathematica
Wed, September 20 Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: Do the Math: Secrets, Lies, and Algebra by Wendy Lichtman
Weekends MoMath’s Derivatives tour program and Explorations sessions, available upon request

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Field trips: Back-to-School deals!
Don’t miss your chance to visit MoMath for half price!  Book a trip during the first two weeks of September (4th through 15th) and receive 50% off.  Or, receive a 25% discount for trips during the last two weeks of September (18th through 29th).  Visit fieldtrips.momath.org to learn more and book a trip.

Now open: MoMath’s newest exhibit, Hoop Curves
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.  So come on down and take your best shot…with math!  Learn more at hoopcurves.momath.org.

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.  Only a few spaces remain: don’t wait to apply!

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 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.

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; dinner will also be provided.  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.
Platonic Solids: Tiffany lamps, art objects, and stepping-stones to higher dimensions
Wednesday, August 2, 4:30 pm
Join mathematical sculptor Carlo Séquin and artist Hans Schepker as they explore the interrelationship between mathematics and art using the Platonic solids as their medium.  Why are there exactly five Platonic solids and what happens to those shapes in the fourth dimension?  How do these shapes inspire artistic creativity?  This unique presentation juxtaposes a demonstration of intriguing geometric relationships with the realization of those relationships in beautiful glass and metal constructions.  Learn more and register at platonic.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!  Special introduction by Matthew Goldstein, Chancellor Emeritus of the City University of New York.  Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.
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.  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 2017: The Magic of Math
Sunday, August 6 through Tuesday, August 8
Mathematicians, educators, and families, register now to join MoMath in NYC for the third conference on the Mathematics of Various Entertaining Subjects, sponsored by Two Sigma and featuring Stanford mathematician Persi Diaconis and Fields Medalist Manjul Bhargava.  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.  Learn more at moves.momath.org.
Pythagorize Seattle
Friday, August 11 through Tuesday, August 15
Join the National Museum of Mathematics as we return to Seattle to celebrate another Pythagoras Day — the last until 2024!  Made possible by the Bezos Family Foundation, OppenheimerFunds, and Weyerhaeuser, this year’s event will unfold in multiple stages, featuring a city-wide puzzle hunt designed by Lone Shark Games to engage individuals, groups, and families alike.  Help us show the world that New York isn’t the only place where math can be the bedrock of an amazing mathematical celebration.  What better place than Seattle to demonstrate the awesome power and sheer coolness of mathematics?  The first 500 people to register will be eligible for an event t-shirt!  T-shirts will be distributed
first come, first served at the culminating event on 8-15-17.  Learn more at seattle.momath.org.
Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: Numbed! by David Lubar
Thursday, August 24, 4:30 pm
When Logan’s class takes a trip to a math museum, his mischievous friend Benedict is sure it will be a boring day—until he discovers a robot and its creator in an off-limits area.  The robot proves feisty, and soon both boys get zapped.  They realize only later that they’d left the museum without their math skills.  To get back the knowledge they need for school—not to mention buying food at the mall, divvying up dinner at home, and much more—they’ll have to get back to the museum and pass a series of math challenges.  Being “numbed” will teach Logan and Benedict just how useful, and even fun, math can be.  Learn more and register at tweenprimes.momath.org.
Volumes, the MoMath book club
Math on Trial: How Numbers Get Used and Abused in the Courtroom by Leila Schneps and Coralie Colmez
Thursday, August 24, 6:30 pm
Math on Trial has all the marks of a good mystery: tense conflicts, diverse characters and shocking conclusions…  Mathematicians Leila Schneps and Coralie Colmez describe ten trials from the nineteenth century to the present, in which mathematical arguments were used—and disastrously misused—as evidence.  It tells the real story of frauds and forgeries involving the likes of Charles Ponzi, Hetty Green, and Alfred Dreyfus, among others.  Numerical errors are not unique to the courtroom: similar issues crop up elsewhere in life, which makes this book’s message even more important.  Gripping and insightful, it successfully highlights the dangers of carelessly sprinkling mathematics over real-world problems.  Math on Trial is intrinsically fascinating in its depiction of the frailty of human judgments.  Plus, author Coralie Colmez will join us for the first part of the discussion!  Learn more and register at volumes.momath.org.

Math Encounters: “The Mathematics of Doodling” with Ravi Vakil
Wednesday, September 6, 
4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Doodling has many fun mathematical aspects: patterns, shapes, numbers, and more.  But surprisingly, there is often sophisticated mathematics buried inside common doodles, too.  While doodling may look and feel like play, it actually reflects what mathematics is really about:  finding patterns in nature, explaining them, and extending them.  Join Ravi Vakil, Stanford professor of mathematics, and doodle your way through some important notions in geometry, topology, and physics, some fundamental ideas guiding the development of mathematics over the last century, and even some ongoing work that continues today.  Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: Picking Points A-Plenty” with Nat Stahl
Friday, September 8, 6:30 pm
Is there a relationship between the distance around an area and the space inside it?  Is it possible to simply look at a shape and immediately compute its area in your head?  Join us in an exploration using a simple peg board and rubber bands and discover the connections between boundaries and interiors — then see if you can prove them!  Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.
Equilibrium, an adult evening of mathematical games
Saturday, September 9, 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 on Saturday, September 9.  Enjoy classics like Yahtzee and chess as well as modern options from Santorini to Blokus to Mine Shift.  Bring a snack, play some games, and connect with new and interesting people, all while enjoying a unique evening atmosphere at the nation’s only Museum of Math.  Learn more and register at equilibrium.momath.org.
Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for 6th through 9th graders
Sunday, September 10, 6:30 pm

Celebrate the end of summer with your friends at the nation’s only Museum of Mathematics.  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.

Grandparents’ Weekend
Saturday and Sunday, September 9 and 10
Admission is free for grandparents and up to two grandchildren to visit the Museum together during grandparents’ weekend!  No registration is required, but please note that space may be limited.

Explorations: Grandparents Day
MoMath is pleased to offer a special Explorations session for Grandparents day! Experience a special educator-led session designed for grandparents to enjoy together with their grandchildren. Advance registration is required and space is limited, so register today at grandparents.momath.org.

Volumes, the MoMath book club: The Wild Numbers by Philibert Schogt
Thursday, September 14, 6:30 pm

As a mathematician — not an outstanding one, but a competent, unextraordinary pencil-pusher — Professor Isaac Swift is constantly told that it’s the prodigies of his profession, the burning suns of his little universe, that advance human knowledge.  Now Isaac thinks he’s found the solution to ‘Beauregard’s Wild Number problem,’ the puzzle that has stumped savants the world over for centuries.  And Dimitri, his mentor at the university, a great mathematician himself, thinks Isaac has cracked it.  If so, Isaac will have elevated himself to the ranks of the immortals.  But an accusation of plagiarism from the tweed-clad mature student Leonard Vale creates a storm of violence and anguish that threatens to disrupt both the university and Isaac’s sanity.  The Wild Numbers is a gripping story about self-doubt, ambition, and delusion.  Learn more and register at volumes.momath.org.

Adventures in Algorithms: experimental computational Mathematica
Saturdays, beginning September 16, 9:00 am
It’s time to experiment with math!  Students in grades 7 through 12 are invited to probe many unsolved problems in mathematics using the high-performance computing enabled by Wolfram Language, based on real-world problems facing scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory.  If you’re a math lover who wants to witness the power of pure math fused with introductory computing, this is the course for you.  No prior programming experience is required.  Learn more and register at algorithms.momath.org.
Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: Do the Math: Secrets, Lies, and Algebra by Wendy Lichtman
Wednesday, September 20, 4:30 pm
Tess loves math because it’s the one subject she can trust — there’s always just one right answer, and it never changes.  But then she starts algebra and is introduced to those pesky and mysterious variables, which seem to be everywhere in eighth grade.  When even your friends and parents can be variables, how in the world do you find out the right answers to the really important questions, like what to do about a boy you like or whom to tell when someone’s done something really bad?  Learn more and register at tweenprimes.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 fieldtrips.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!

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