2018.07 July-August

Dear MoMath friends,

Have fun with math!  Don’t miss a wild time with South Africa’s Steve Sherman, then take a mathematical walk in the park with acclaimed educator Ron Lancaster.  Get more serious as UK mathematician Leila Schneps demonstrates how justice in the courtroom literally depends upon mathematical analyses, or as the extremely popular blackjack expert Don Schlesinger returns to share more of his mathematical wisdom.  Playful and fun, serious and challenging, come enjoy the many varied sides of math, only at MoMath!

MoMath at a Glance  
Mon, July 2 2018 Transformations summer camp at MoMath kicks off!
Wed, July 4 MoMath is OPEN!
Thurs, July 5 Mathem-Antics! Join us for a wild and crazy adventure with math.  Bring the little ones or sign up for a special session only for advanced math students.
Wed, July 11 Math Encounters: “Calculated Movements: The Surprising Connections Between Math and Dance” with Karl Schaffer
NOTE: this is the second Wednesday of the month. 
Fri, July 13 Escher: The Exhibition and Experience, a special tour of the exhibit with award-winning educator Dave Masunaga at Industry City in Brooklyn
Fri, July 13 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “Powers of Two” with Ron Lancaster
Sat, July 14
& Sun, July 15
Expressions: The MoMath hackathon, sponsored by Two Sigma
Sat, July 14 Math Walk in the Park with Ron Lancaster
Sun, July 15 Folding Fun at MoMath with OrigamiUSA (free with Museum admission)
Wed, August 1 Math Encounters: “Just Math: How Math Provides Fairness and Balance in the Courtroom” with Leila Schneps
Fri, August 17 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “The Art of Symmetry” with David Reimann
Sat, August 18 The Third Annual NYC Math Festival at Fosun Plaza, 28 Liberty St.
Wed, September 5 Math Encounters: “Lost in Space: How Data and Information are Governed by High-Dimensional Geometry” with Henry Cohn (More information and registration coming soon.)
Thurs, September 6 Blackjack 2 with Don Schlesinger
Fri, September 7 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “Impossible Tangles, Impossible Braids” with James Tanton
Thurs, September 13 Losing the Nobel Prize: A book discussion with Brian Keating
Thurs, September 20 Volumes, the MoMath book club: When Einstein Walked with Gödel: Excursions to the Edge of Thought featuring author Jim Holt
Tues, September 25 Hello World! with University College London senior lecturer Hannah Fry
Weekends MoMath’s Derivatives tour program and Explorations sessions, available upon request

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Sign up now for 2018 Transformations summer camp at MoMath!
Rising first through ninth graders, spend the summer exploring the fun and beauty of mathematics with MoMath’s dynamic camp program.  Campers come back year after year to discover the never-ending wonders of mathematics, so sign up early for a spot.  This year, MoMath introduces the new Gammas level, exclusively for deep-diving seventh through ninth graders!  To learn more, visit summercamp.momath.org.

High school students: Volunteer at MoMath on weekends during the 2018-2019 school year.
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 2018-2019 high school volunteer positions (starting in September 2018) are now available at volunteers.momath.org, and applications received by July 13 will be given top priority for acceptance into the program.

Weekend programs for families
Take a tour with MoMath’s Derivatives 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.

Retail Pick of the Month — Star Cube puzzle
Looking for a challenge?  Want to take your speed cube skills to the next level?  How can a 2×2 cube turn into two stellated rhombic dodecahedrons?  Meet the amazing Star Cube: a geometric puzzle that can be shaped and rebuilt into 12-pointed stars, squares, rectangles, and more!  This geometric brain teaser puzzle transforms right before your eyes with smooth gliding pieces and no restrictions.  Click here to learn more, or stop by Additions, the shop at MoMath.

Thursday, July 5, 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm

The fireworks may be over but at MoMath, the explosive delights are just beginning!  Steve Sherman, Chief Imagination Officer and Executive Daydreamer, Living Maths, joins us from South Africa for an exclusive appearance, one day only.  Don’t miss this exciting, action-packed show that will take you on a journey of discovery filled with Eureka moments and side-splitting laughter.  Be prepared to have your mind tickled and your brain massaged as Steve’s crazy antics, coupled with loads of audience participation, leave you smiling from ear to ear.  Learn more and register at mathem-antics.momath.org.

Math Encounters: “Calculated Movements: The Surprising Connections Between Math and Dance” with Karl Schaffer
Wednesday, July 11, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Employing performance excerpts, audience interactions, and engaging visuals, choreographer and mathematician Karl Schaffer will demonstrate how the seemingly disparate disciplines of dance and math inspire each other.  Shape and geometry, pattern and symmetry, counting and estimation, design and structure, coherence and logic, time and space, and, perhaps most importantly, a reverence for elegant solutions, provide a shared framework for a fascinating demonstration of how the creative process is the fundamental fuel that drives human achievement across disciplines.  Special introduction by Presidential Award-winning educator Dave Masunaga.  Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.  Plus, earn a free Math Encounters t-shirt… see friendme.momath.org.

Escher: The Exhibition and Experience, a special tour of the exhibit with Dave Masunaga
Friday, July 13, 10:00 am and 2:00 pm in Industry City, Brooklyn

Dave Masunaga and MoMath have made special arrangements with Arthemisia, Italy’s leading art exhibition producer, to lead participants through the American debut of Escher: The Exhibition & Experience, an exhibition of over 200 works by the iconic Dutch artist M.C. Escher, which is currently on display in Industry City, Brooklyn.  The exhibition is curated by Mark Veldhuysen (curator of the M.C. Escher Foundation Collection for over thirty years) and Federico Giudiceandrea (one of the world’s foremost collectors of, and experts on, the art of M.C. Escher).  Tickets are limited; register today at escher.momath.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “Powers of Two” with Ron Lancaster
Friday, July 13, 6:30 pm

Solve a puzzle based on eliminating cards from a pile and study a related magic trick; play the four numbers game; watch candy being made in South Korea; view photographs of windows; perform a stunt with a telephone book; and read poems by an award-winning Canadian poet.  In each of these activities, powers of two will make an unexpected — and unexpectedly powerful — appearance.  Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.

Expressions: The MoMath hackathon
Saturday, July 14, 10:00 am through Sunday, July 15, 5:00 pm

Join the MoMath technology team for its second annual weekend of fun and creation, courtesy of the generous support 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 imagine how the latest augmented reality platforms can be used to expand an exhibit experience beyond the physical world, develop interactive web features and demonstrations of your favorite mathematical topics, or experiment with software development kits 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.

Math Walk in the Park with Ron Lancaster
Saturday, July 14, 11:30 am and 2:30 pm

Put on a pair of imaginary mathematical glasses with MoMath and internationally acclaimed educator Ron Lancaster.  Take a tour through beautiful Madison Square Park to find a host of hidden mathematical objects, including hexagons, chessboards, and even a mysterious appearance of the Fibonacci sequence hundreds of feet above the park!  Discover the math in New York’s iconic Flatiron Building and take a mathematical look at ice cream prices and queueing theory at the Shake Shack.  Space is limited to just 30 lucky participants per tour.  Register now to join the fun: mathwalk.momath.org.

Folding Fun at MoMath with OrigamiUSA
Sunday, July 15, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

An origami expert from OrigamiUSA will be on hand at MoMath to teach simple origami models to learners of all ages.  Explore the wonders of paper folding and challenge yourself to master a few models — there’s math in every fold!  Free with Museum admission; no pre-registration required.

Math Encounters: “Just Math: How Math Provides Fairness and Balance in the Courtroom” with Leila Schneps
Wednesday, August 1, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Join author and mathematician Leila Schneps on an interactive exploration of mathematics in the courtroom.  Take your seat as a member of the MoMath “jury” and make the best decision you can… then find out what the math says about your conclusions.  Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.  Plus, earn a free Math Encounters t-shirt… see friendme.momath.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “The Art of Symmetry” with David Reimann
Friday, August 17, 6:30 pm

Symmetry is all around us — it naturally occurs in the human body and in animals; it’s designed into things like chairs, wallpaper, cars, and buildings; it’s an important feature of soccer balls and Platonic solids; it’s even a basic part of the MoMath logo!  Now’s your chance to design your own symmetric art: join Albion College mathematics and computer science professor David Reimann, an artist who uses symmetry in his work, as he describes the different types of symmetry and guides us through an evening of fun mathematical creativity.  Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.

The Third Annual NYC Math Festival
Saturday, August 18, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Fosun Plaza, 28 Liberty St.

Add a little math to your summer!  MoMath is pleased to present the third annual NYC Math Festival on Saturday, August 18, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, providing a full day of math fun in the sun.  Bring your friends and the entire family to Fosun Plaza at 28 Liberty St. and enjoy hands-on math exhibits, entertaining mathematical games, and intriguing puzzles and brainteasers.  But that’s not all… the day will also include exciting performances, group constructions of giant geometric sculptures, and the largest bagel juggling event you’ve ever seen!  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.  For more information about this not-to-be-missed event, visit nycmath.momath.org.

Math Encounters: “Lost in Space: How Data and Information are Governed by High-Dimensional Geometry” with Henry Cohn
Wednesday, September 5, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Join MoMath and Henry Cohn, Microsoft Research principal researcher and MIT adjunct professor, for an in-depth discussion about data and high-dimensional geometry.  More information and registration coming soon at mathencounters.org.

Blackjack 2 with Don Schlesinger
Thursday, September 6, 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Miss MoMath’s popular blackjack event last May?  Here’s your second chance!  Back by popular demand, blackjack expert Don Schlesinger will be running two sessions on September 6, the first a catch-up for those who need it, and the second an all-new event delving still deeper into the math of blackjack.  Learn more and register at blackjack2.momath.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “Impossible Tangles, Impossible Braids” with James Tanton
Friday, September 7, 6:30 pm

Let’s have some fun and do the impossible — multiple times!  Let’s make braids that shouldn’t exist.  Let’s untangle things that shouldn’t be untangled.  And let’s demonstrate that sometimes two things are equivalent to zero things.  Join world-renowned math educator James Tanton for some good, tangly, mathematical fun!  Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.

Good Reads this summer!
Begin reading now to take full advantage of these three exciting events, coming this September.

Losing the Nobel Prize: A book discussion with Brian Keating
Thursday, September 13, 7:00 pm

What would it have been like to be an eyewitness to the Big Bang?  In 2014, astronomers wielding BICEP2, the most powerful cosmology telescope ever made, revealed that they’d glimpsed the spark that ignited the Big Bang.  Millions around the world tuned in to the announcement broadcast live from Harvard University, immediately igniting rumors of an imminent Nobel Prize.  But had these cosmologists truly read the cosmic prologue or, swept up in Nobel dreams, had they been deceived by a galactic mirage?  Join MoMath and author Brian Keating to hear this story of cosmology, ambition, and the perils of science’s highest honor.  Learn more and register for this free event at nobel.momath.org.

Volumes, the MoMath book club: When Einstein Walked with Gödel: Excursions to the Edge of Thought featuring author Jim Holt
Thursday, September 20, 6:30 pm

Join author Jim Holt and MoMath at Volumes, the MoMath book club, to discuss Jim’s book When Einstein Walked with Gödel: Excursions to the Edge of Thought.  Does time exist?  What is infinity?  Why do mirrors reverse left and right but not up and down?  In this scintillating collection of essays, Jim Holt explores the human mind, the cosmos, and the thinkers who have tried to encompass the latter with the former.  Learn more and register at volumes.momath.org.

Hello World! with Hannah Fry
Tuesday, September 25, 6:00 pm

Don’t miss the return of the ever-popular Hannah Fry to MoMath!  Back with her new book, HELLO WORLD: Being Human in the Age of Algorithms, UK-based mathematician and University College London senior lecturer Hannah Fry will consider the role of algorithms in automating important decisions in crime, healthcare, relationships, and money.  Should we entrust ourselves to driverless cars?  Are machines capable of producing great works of art?  How do we balance the importance of making better medical diagnoses with the value of preserving privacy?  Our increasing reliance on pre-defined, quantitative decision-making rules raises provocative questions about what we want our lives to look like.  Learn more and register at helloworld.momath.org.

Coming Soon!
Register early to ensure your seat in these exciting events, coming this fall!

Maths on Stage, featuring Matt Parker
Tuesday, October 2, 10:00 am and 1:00 pm at Mason Hall

Educators, do your students wonder: “What’s the point of algebra?  Who on earth needs Pythagoras?  And who cares about exponents?”  Inspire your students — even the ones who don’t love math — with a large venue stage show on October 2 featuring some of the UK’s most entertaining math speakers.  Register by July 13 for a discounted rate.  Learn more and register at stage.momath.org.

The Math of Particle Physics, with James Beacham
Thursday, October 11, 6:30 pm

Don’t miss James Beacham’s visit to MoMath, this October 11.  As a member of the ATLAS collaboration (one of the teams that discovered the Higgs boson in 2012) at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC), James searches for evidence of new particles — dark matter, gravitons, dark photons, and exotic Higgs bosons among them — that could provide answers to the fundamental open questions of physics.  Register now and take advantage of early bird pricing through July 31: particle.momath.org.

October 29-31 in Barcelona, Spain

Are you a math educator, mathematician, or science museum professional interested in math outreach?  If so, the 2018 MATRIX conference may be for you!  Join MoMath and our colleagues from MMACA and other math museums around the world for the third international conference on math outreach, taking place in lovely Barcelona, Spain, this October 29 through 31.  For more information or to register, visit matrix.momath.org.

Metros and Metrics — Professional Development Day
Tuesday, November 6, 9:30 am

Educators, mark your calendars now for an exciting day of mathematical discovery this fall.  Taxicabs, the NYC subway, and the British rail all serve as a backdrop for an exploration of bizarre alternative concepts of distance.  Don’t miss this unusual day of hands-on professional development on November 6.  Learn more and register at metro.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 2018-2019 school year, visit titleone.momath.org.  Interested 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?
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