Dear MoMath friends,
Happy Holidays from MoMath! There's a whole lot coming up at the Museum over the next couple of months.
Black Friday special!
Visit Additions, the shop at MoMath, and receive 10% off your entire purchase! Can’t make it Friday? Come back between 5:30 and 7:00 pm this Wednesday, December 4, for another 10% discount opportunity. Other specials include 20% off MoMath logo tees, MoMath umbrellas, and the top-selling Toroflux (limited quantity available at this price, while supplies last). Note that Additions will be open until 8 pm through December 29 (but will close at 6 pm on December 25). Some exclusions apply to sales and discounts.
Rosenthal Prize for Innovation in Math Teaching winner to be announced!
Wednesday, December 4, 6:55 pm
The 2013 Rosenthal Prize, a $25,000 cash award, will be presented to the winning teacher just before the evening Math Encounters presentation. Flyers will be available throughout the evening with information about applying for the 2014 prize.
Math Encounters: Mathemagician
Wednesday, December 4, 4:00 pm or 7:00 pm
Prepare to be mesmerized as award-winning Harvey Mudd Professor Art Benjamin demonstrates (and explains!) how to do rapid mental calculations and other amazing feats of mind. For further information and to register, visit mathencounters.org. Note that the 7:00 pm session is currently full, but you may register for the waiting list for that session, or for the 4:00 pm session. From 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, Art will autograph his book, "Secrets of Mental Math: The Mathemagician's Guide to Lightning Calculation and Amazing Math Tricks," which may be purchased in advance from Additions online or on-site that evening.
Pythagorize the Flatiron!
Thursday, December 5, 6:54 pm
On December 5, 2013, Manhattan will see an awesome, one-of-a-kind spectacle when MoMath lights up one of the city's oldest landmarks: the Flatiron Building. In what might be one of the most unusual events of this holiday season, MoMath will create a stunning illuminated demonstration of the Pythagorean Theorem. By surrounding the entire structure with glow sticks, held in place by hundreds of New Yorkers, the length of the shimmering sides will show that the Flatiron Building is roughly based on a 5-12-13 right triangle. (It’s no coincidence that this event takes place on the only date in the next 92 years that includes this famous Pythagorean triple.) A further, even larger, display of three huge squares will form a demonstration of the famous theorem: a2 + b2 = c2.
“Pythagorize the Flatiron,” the first in a series of MoMath MathHappening events, promises to be the biggest, most amazing mathematics demonstration New York City has ever seen. If you want to help celebrate the city through math and art, and perhaps help make math history, visit pythagorize.momath.org to register for this rare and special opportunity!
Happy Birthday, MoMath
MoMath is turning one, and you can help us celebrate with a weekend whirlwind of fun events. New exhibits, a giant geometric construction, the second annual Dimensions puzzle hunt, a special treasure hunt, and more…help MoMath celebrate its first anniversary in style! (Details below.)
Family Friday: An Enigmatic Evening
Friday, December 13, 6:30 pm
Come play! Momath's Enigmaster, Pradeep Mutalik, will present puzzles and solutions that are cool, simple to understand, and memorable. The Enigmaster will explore several of his favorite puzzles, both mechanical and mathematical, to demonstrate how the joy of solving puzzles can be key to instilling a lifelong love of mathematics and general problem-solving. Grapple with your own puzzle as the Enigmaster provides hints and tips, leading you toward the Aha! moment of discovery. Admission is limited, so register soon for this edition of Family Fridays, appropriate for people ages 8 and up — kids and adults alike are sure to enjoy. Dr. Pradeep Mutalik, a.k.a the Enigmaster, is the curator of the Enigma Café and a research scientist at Yale Medical School. He is also known as the founder of the New York Times “Numberplay” weekly math puzzle blog, which he authored for three years. For further information and to register, visit familyfriday.momath.org.
Dimensions: the MoMath Puzzle Hunt
Saturday, December 14, 3:00 pm
Do you enjoy puzzles? Do you like to spend your day with friends? Now you can combine both into one with a unique day of puzzle-solving adventure. Track down clues and solve riddles as you face word puzzles, logic puzzles, and secret codes constructed by a team of puzzle writers from all over the U.S. Experts and novices alike are encouraged to sign up for a unique afternoon of camaraderie, challenges, and fun. For further information and to register, visit dimensions.momath.org.
One-Hunt: A Family Scavenger Hunt Activity
Sunday, December 15, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Celebrate a “One-derful” occasion: come solve the puzzling riddles of the One-Hunt! Using a list of cryptic clues, you will be challenged to hunt down the number ones that are carefully hidden throughout both floors of the Museum. These cheeky tokens of MoMath's momentous first year may be anywhere: up above, underfoot, behind a window, inside an exhibit… The fun and excitement of the chase await at the MoMath One-Hunt! No registration required — the One-Hunt is open to all visitors to MoMath on Sunday, December 15.
MoMath’s First Birthday Party
Sunday, December 15, 7:00 pm
December 15, 2013, marks one incredible year since the National Museum of Mathematics opened to the public, and what a year it has been! Almost 170,000 math fans have passed through the pi-handled doors, and MoMath is celebrating with the grand opening of a new exhibit, followed by a group construction event. Dynamic Wall, a kinetic mathematical showcase that forms the centerpiece of the lobby, will make its debut at 7 pm. This moving, computer-controlled wall will create a unique canvas on which to display a wide variety of wave phenomena, cellular automata, combinatorial algorithms, and more. Then, all attendees will work together to build Parabolic Falls, a life-sized, glowing mathematical sculpture using four six-foot tetrahedra, arranged as in the first approximation to a Sierpinski Tetrahedron. For further information and to register, visit one.momath.org.
MoMath is OPEN on December 25!
Wednesday, December 25, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
New York's hottest new museum is open on December 25! Manhattan streets are traffic-free, sidewalks are empty, and holiday shoppers are done for the season—there's no better time to venture to the Flatiron District, just a short walk from Penn Station, to try something fun and exciting. In the spirit of giving, MoMath delivers a seasonal opportunity for both kids and adults to explore mathematics through dozens of colorful, interactive exhibits. Create your very own math logo, design a unique creation in MoMath's 3-D sculpture studio, and take a spin on square wheels. All this and more awaits you at MoMath, where you can make celebrating the wonder of math part of a new NYC holiday tradition.
Math Encounters: Linear Thinking, from Bracketology to Computer Graphics
Wednesday, 2014 January 8, 4:00 pm or 7:00 pm
What’s in a matrix? Enter the world of linear systems as mathematician Dr. Tim Chartier shows how matrices open the door to a diverse array of topics, from creating a March Madness bracket, to analyzing a car’s aerodynamics, to rendering cinematic special effects. For further information and to register, visit mathencounters.org.
Transformations Summer Camp Open House
Thursday, January 23, 6:30 pm
Parents, want to learn more about MoMath’s exciting summer camp program? There's no better way to combat summer learning loss in mathematics than MoMath's Transformations day camp for grades 4 through 8. MoMath's skilled and experienced education staff will keep your kids engaged and entertained with hands-on learning in a warm and friendly atmosphere, offered in eight independent week-long sessions. Come for a sneak peak at some of the fun in store for MoMath campers this summer. Please register online for the Open House.
Family Friday: Love and Math: book reading and signing
Friday, January 24, 6:30 pm
Renowned mathematician and Berkeley professor Edward Frenkel talks about his critically acclaimed new book Love and Math, revealing a side of math we seldom see, suffused with the beauty and elegance of a work of art. Join us to discover the hidden, almost magical-seeming universe of mathematics. Please register online for this special Family Friday book discussion.
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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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
School group visits for 2014: New programs!
MoMath now 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 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.
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 email@example.com 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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