[MoMath] 2014 Nov-Dec Upcoming Events

Dear MoMath friends,

Drop by MoMath over the next few months to discover the many sides of math: its culinary side, its artistic side, its historical side, and even its funny side!  Plus, announcing the first ever Escape the Museum on the last consecutive date of the century, followed by (for the 21+ crowd), Unbounded — this time, with robots!

MoMath at a Glance  
October 25 Celebration of Mind, in honor of Martin Gardner
 (including the first-ever MegaMenger build!)
November/December Extended holiday hours at Additions, the shop at MoMath
November 5 Math Encounters: “Cooking Up Math” with Mercedes Molina
November 7 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: “Bead Geometry”
November 13 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Formula
November 17 Broadway Intersections: The Math Behind The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
November 23 Cross Product: 3D Printing Trig Bracelets
November 28 10% off at Additions, the shop at MoMath!  20% for members!
December 1 Turing Tales
December 3 Math Encounters: "Shaping Surfaces” with Chaim Goodman-Strauss
December 5 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: "Mathematical Puzzles — and the 'Tricks' You Need to Solve Them”

December 12 Robot Swarm members-only preview
December 13 Dimensions Puzzle Hunt: Escape the Museum!
December 13 Unbounded: An Evening at MoMath “Swarm Night”
December 14 Robot Swarm comes to MoMath
Every Tuesday PolyPals toddler program
Tuesdays/Thursdays Expansions after-school program for gifted students

Celebration of Mind, in honor of Martin Gardner

Saturday, October 25, all day


Celebrate Martin Gardner’s 100th birthday with a very special Celebration of Mind event.  All day at MoMath, join us in a wide range of hands-on mathematical activities inspired by Gardner’s work, including optical-illusion Alice in Wonderland papercraft, surprising card tricks, and one-cut paper puzzles.  In addition, this year we are also building a Level 3 Menger Sponge fractal out of business cards, as part of the worldwide MegaMenger.com Level 4 Menger Sponge project.  Help us build the world’s largest distributed origami fractal!  All activities are free with MoMath admission.

Math Encounters: "Cooking Up Math” with Mercedes Molina

Wednesday, November 5, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm


Get your creative juices flowing!  Mathematician and culinary enthusiast Mercedes Molina provides a recipe for fun as she explores the artistry and inspiration common to two of her favorite pursuits: math and cooking.  Refreshments follow the afternoon presentation of Math Encounters; arrive by 6:30 pm for refreshments preceding the evening presentation. Register at mathencounters.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: "Bead Geometry”

Friday, November 7, 6:30 pm


Where's the math in beadwork?  A bead is anything with a hole, its hole is just a cylinder, and the axis of that cylinder is a line segment.  So, a bead is just a line segment with colorful stuff around it, and those line segments can build geometric structures.  Come along as mathematical artist Gwen Fisher pulls us into her world of beaded cubes and cuboctahedrons.  And once we're there, new challenges involving color and symmetry await, as we explore different patterns to weave into our creations.  This presentation is free to attendees, as part of Time Warner Cable's Connect a Million Minds campaign.  For more information and to register, visit familyfridays.momath.org.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Formula

Thursday, November 13, 7:00 pm


Join MoMath for a night of laughs as Matt Parker, stand-up comedian and mathematician, sets out to show us the world of math through the lens of humor and real-life scenarios.  Matt writes about math for The Guardian and The Telegraph in London, and often contributes to the BBC.  Matt also performs regularly as a stand-up comic using math games and humor in front of crowds of thousands.  Don't miss this night of mathematical comedy, and join Matt as he approaches an infinite amount of humor (but never quite gets there).  To register, visit mathcomedy.momath.org.

Broadway Intersections: the math behind The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
Monday, November 17, 6:30 pm

Broadway's newest hit brings mathematics to the stage!  Join one of the show's lead actors and MoMath founder Glen Whitney as they take you through some of the scenes in which math plays a starring role.  See how math helps drive the dramatic development of the characters, and enjoy a Q&A with one of Broadway's bright new stars.  Space is limited for this event, so register soon at curious.momath.org.

Cross Product: 3D Printing Trig Bracelets
Sunday, November 23, 3:00 pm


Create a unique mathematical gift for someone special, only in this exclusive MoMath workshop!  Use 3D printing to create trigonometric bracelets based on the math of ruled surfaces, and turn math class into jewelry.  No prior experience with 3D printing is required.  Learn more and register at 3D.momath.org.

Turing Tales

Monday, December 1, 7:00 pm


It is only a slight exaggeration to say that British mathematician Alan Turing saved the Allies from the Nazis, invented the computer and artificial intelligence, and anticipated gay liberation by decades — all before his suicide at age forty-one.  Now, mathematician Andrew Hodges, author of the Turing biography that inspired the major motion picture, arrives at MoMath to share his stories about Turing.  From his revolutionary idea that laid the foundation for the modern computer, to his leading role in breaking the German Enigma ciphers during World War II, and finally to his tragic ending, Alan Turing led an incredible — and in the end, incredibly tragic — life.  Don’t miss this inside view into the inner and outer drama of Alan Turing’s life and achievements.  Register at turingtales.momath.org.

Math Encounters: "Shaping Surfaces” with Chaim Goodman-Strauss
Wednesday, December 3, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm


Nature melds living surfaces from the geometry of curvature.  Corals, leaves, lichens — even membranes and ears — all living surfaces are shaped through exquisite control over this intrinsic geometry, even as those surfaces flex, twist, and grow.  Explore fundamental topological principles with mathematician Chaim Goodman-Strauss, and see the surprising beauty and simplicity of the underlying principles that control the geometry of surfaces.  Refreshments follow the afternoon presentation of Math Encounters; arrive by 6:30 pm for refreshments preceding the evening presentation. Register at mathencounters.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: "Mathematical Puzzles — and the 'Tricks' You Need to Solve Them”

Friday, December 5, 6:30 pm

Even if you already enjoy doing mathematical puzzles, knowing a few new tricks can help you solve the tough ones and enjoy them all a bit more.  Dartmouth College professor, mathematician, and puzzle expert Peter Winkler will share some tips and techniques, then lead the group in an effort to hammer out solutions to some intriguing puzzles.  Suggested for ages 12 and up.  This presentation is free to attendees, as part of Time Warner Cable's Connect a Million Minds campaign.  For more information and to register, visit familyfridays.momath.org.

Dimensions Puzzle Hunt: Escape the Museum!

Saturday, December 13, hourly between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm

In collaboration with Escape the Room NYC, MoMath invites you to a special Dimensions Puzzle Hunt on 12/13/14.  Venture deep into the heart of the National Museum of Mathematics on this auspicious day, the last sequential calendar date of the 21st century.  But, beware!  To return, you will need to solve puzzles and use math to illuminate your way before the portal closes forever.  Try to escape the Museum — if you can!  Stay tuned for more details.  Registration will open soon at escape.momath.org.

Unbounded: An Evening at MoMath
 “Swarm Night” (21+)
Saturday, December 13, 7:30 pm

December’s adult-only night at the Museum will have some very special guests! Meet two dozen robots and be among the first to discover MoMath's new exhibit Robot Swarm, all on 12/13/14 — the last sequential calendar date of the century! Mathematical know-how is not required at Unbounded — just bring your sense of adventure and play.  21+ (ID required).  Details and registration at unbounded.momath.org.

Robot Swarm comes to MoMath!
Members-only preview
Friday, December 12, 6:00 pm

Become a member today (momath.org/join) for a chance to engage with the newest addition to MoMath, enjoy light refreshments, and meet the creators of America's most ambitious robotics exhibit.  RSVP required: email membership@momath.org.

Exhibit opening
Sunday, December 14

The swarm is here!  MoMath is excited to announce the debut of its new blockbuster exhibit, Robot Swarm.  Exploiting cutting-edge new developments in motion control and positioning systems, this exhibit will be the first of its kind in the nation. Interact with dozens of small, glowing robots who react to your presence and interact with each other, generating lifelike behavior from simple mathematical rules.  They know where you are!

Special sale!
Visit Additions, the shop at MoMath, on November 28 for a special Black Friday sale!  Get 10% off your entire purchase, or 20% off for members.  Note that Additions will also be open for extended hours throughout the holiday season — give the gift of math to someone special in your life.

Extended holiday hours:
10:00 am to 7:30 pm on weekends (Fri, Sat, Sun) beginning November 7.
10:00 am to 8:00 pm every day from November 24 through December 29.
Additions is closed on Thanksgiving, and will close at 6:00 pm on December 25.

Do you have a great idea for a mathematical art show?  Send it to MoMath!  MoMath is seeking proposals for a show in the Composite gallery, to begin approximately one year from now.  Applications are now open: applycomposite.momath.org.

PolyPals: Bring your toddlers and preschoolers to MoMath for weekly fun!

Tuesday afternoons (Ages 2-5)


PolyPals, MoMath's Tuesday afternoon program for pre-K children, offers our littlest mathematicians the opportunity to listen to math-themed stories and have fun exploring the concepts behind them.  Led by MoMath's skilled educational staff, toddlers and preschoolers participate in songs, stories, and activities tied to a different theme each week.  Patterns, shapes, numbers, and more – PolyPals is a great way to enrich your child's day with mathematical inspiration. PolyPals may be purchased as individual meetings or in blocks of four at a discount. For further information and to register, visit polypals.momath.org.



Expansions: MoMath’s innovative program to engage and challenge NYC’s brightest math students

Tuesday afternoons (HS students)

Thursday afternoons (K-8, separated by level)


Reinvent math class with Expansions, MoMath's after-school gifted program.  Featuring programs for all mathematically gifted students currently enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade, the Expansions workshops are designed and delivered by MoMath's educational team to challenge and inspire students, and to broaden their mathematical horizons.  With topics ranging from fractals to cellular automata, these afternoon sessions provide an opportunity for participants to learn advanced and fascinating topics not included in the standard K-12 curriculum.  Plus, your child can benefit from enjoying math together with small groups of talented and focused young scholars.  Expansions offers sessions at five levels, which are differentiated by mathematical experience rather than age.  Admission is by application only.  Expansions may be purchased as individual sessions or in blocks of four at a discount.  For more information and to apply, visit expansions.momath.org.

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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 thirty 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 bar/bat mitzvahs.  Who knew math could be this much fun?  Email events@momath.org for more information.

School group visits for 2014-2015

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 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 community

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 love 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 integrator@momath.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.

We hope to see you at MoMath!

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