Dear MoMath friends,
Summer may be coming to an end, but events at MoMath are heating up—take a look at MoMath’s exciting fall season!
Field Trips for 2013-2014
Teachers, don’t miss out on the opportunity to bring your classes to one of NYC’s hottest field trip destinations this year. New programs and new exhibits will enhance return visits; newcomers, see why New York Magazine named MoMath the "Best Kids Museum of 2013." Space is filling fast; visit fieldtrips.momath.org to register for a group visit during the upcoming school year.
Math Encounters: A Surreptitious Sequence—the Catalan Numbers
Wednesday, September 4, 4:00 pm or 7:00 pm
Join mathematician Alissa Crans, recent Director of Educational and Outreach Activities at MSRI and current Loyola Marymount Associate Professor, as she explores some of the many ways in which the mysterious Catalan numbers are hidden throughout mathematics. For further information and to register, visit mathencounters.org.
Designing Interactive Exhibits with Apple Technology
Thursday, Sept. 12, 7:00 p.m.
Note: this event takes place at the Apple Store at 1981 Broadway in Manhattan.
It takes both art and science to create amazing interactive exhibits. Join the team from MoMath as they demonstrate one of their most popular interactive math exhibits, and learn how they use Apple technology to make math engaging, accessible, adaptable, and fun for all ages. For further information and to register, visit apple.com/upperwestside.
Seven Math Girls
Thursday, September 26, 4:00 pm
Meet the Ishango girl, Alice, Sonia Kovalevskaya, Emmy Noether, Sarah Sherry, Lea Schleiermacher, Mae West, and Sasha Novikova. Join renowned German mathematician Günter M. Ziegler as he presents seven images of mathematicians–two of them are highly respected mathematicians, three of them are currently students, one of them was bad at math, two of them are works of art, two of them are quite well known, and one of them is the first mathematician we know of … and they all let us wonder about what mathematicians do, what mathematicians can do, and whether math is a girls' world after all. For further information and to register, visit mathgirls.momath.org.
Do I Count? Stories from Mathematics
Thursday, September 26, 7:00 pm
Returning to MoMath by popular demand, renowned German mathematician Günter M. Ziegler presents his new "math stories" book, a journey into the world of mathematics — a world that is filled with stories about numbers, places, problems, and people. What's so special about the number 13, or about 42? What do you know about "numerical estimates" or "random numbers"? Why is there no Nobel Prize in mathematics? Hear about the places where mathematics is created (among them: the desk, the bed, the beach, and even in church), about mathematics record races, and about remarkable mathematicians and their careers — among them a Traveler, a Magician, and a Politician. Math is fun, a challenge, and an endeavor–it's a vast and wild landscape! Come tour the scenery with Dr. Ziegler, a superb math storyteller, as your tour guide, and enjoy a reception following the talk, sponsored by the German Research Foundation. For further information and to register, visit mathstories.momath.org.
The Secret Life of Squares
Friday, September 27, 7:00 pm
What do mathematics and dance have in common? For years Karl Schaffer and Erik Stern have been showing the magical connections through highly physical, engaging choreography peppered with their unique brand of humor and entertaining audience interactions. Join the directors of the Dr. Schaffer and Mr. Stern Dance Ensemble, along with company dancer Saki, as they perform several delightful dances from their show for all ages, The Secret Life of Squares, and discuss the surprising ways they have found to link mathematics and dance onstage. The Ensemble has appeared in hundreds of venues throughout North America, received numerous national grants, and taught hundreds of workshops on how to connect dance and mathematics in the classroom. For further information and to register, visit dance.momath.org.
MoMath Winton Power Series
Calling all mathematicians and math professionals: MoMath is kicking off a brand new lecture series with you in mind! The MoMath Winton Power Series is targeted at a mathematically sophisticated audience, and provides a forum for top mathematicians to share a significant topic or discovery they are excited about. Each presentation will be followed by a question and answer session and an informal reception. MoMath is delighted that Fields Medalist Tim Gowers will be on hand to kick off the inaugural fall session of this exciting new series.
Can Computers Replace Mathematicians?
MoMath Winton Power Series inaugural presentation
Sunday, September 29, 7:00 pm
For several decades, people have attempted to write computer programs that can solve mathematical problems. Despite these efforts, there are still problems that human mathematicians find very easy, but which cannot be solved by even the best computer programs. Join Fields Medalist Sir Timothy Gowers as he discusses why this occurs and describes recent work that may change this situation, and may even, within a few decades, put mathematical researchers out of a job! For more information and to register, visit powerseries.momath.org.
Math Encounters: String Theory and the Mathematics of Hyperspace
Wednesday, October 2, 7:00 pm only
While string theory remains an untested proposal for Einstein’s dream of a unified theory, over the years it has made numerous mathematical contributions. Join Brian Greene, Professor of Physics and Mathematics, Columbia University, as he focuses on the theory’s insights into particular higher dimensional shapes, and describes how string theory offers striking and powerful modifications to various classical concepts in geometry. For further information and to register, visit mathencounters.org.
Between the Folds
Sunday, October 6, 6:30 pm
GREEN FUSE FILMS’ award-winning documentary, "Between the Folds", chronicles the stories of 10 fine artists, theoretical mathematicians, and intrepid scientists who have abandoned conventional jobs to forge lives as modern-day paperfolders, including MoMath favorite Dr. Robert Lang. As these offbeat and varied characters converge on the unusual medium of origami, they reinvent an ancient art, and illustrate the innumerable ways that creativity and ingenuity come to bear in the age-old effort to understand and honor the world around us. With beautiful cinematography and an original score featuring the Budapest Symphony Orchestra, the film paints an arresting portrait of the mysterious artistic and scientific threads that fuel these remarkable minds, bringing forth a rich mix of sensibilities towards math, art, abstraction, creativity, and meaning.
Director Vanessa Gould and Executive Producer Sally Rosenthal will be present for a Q&A following the screening. The film runs 55 minutes and is suitable for all ages. For more information and to register, visit betweenthefolds.momath.org.
Events, Birthday Parties, and More
Looking to host a one-of-a-kind event where your guests can interact with over two dozen engaging exhibits? Enter a world of mathematical intrigue, but don’t worry, amongst all the activity there is plenty of space for gala-worthy dinners, over-the-top birthday bashes, and mitzvahs. Who knew math could be this much fun? Email email@example.com for more information.
Join the MoMath team!
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.
We need your help!
Interested in volunteering on the Museum floor? If you have a love of math, would like to help others enjoy MoMath's interactive suite of exhibits, and are willing to devote two 4-hour shifts each month, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "MoMath integrator." Please include a cover letter, current resumé, and a newly-written essay that, in approximately 150 to 300 words, describes an experience that shaped your love of mathematics.
Love Light Grooves?
If you love the Light Grooves exhibit featured in MoMath’s front gallery, now you can bring a piece of MoMath right into your home. For information about purchasing one of these unusual specular holograms designed by artist and inventor Matthew Brand, visit lightgrooves.momath.org.
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