[MoMath] 2014 Dec-Jan Upcoming Events

Dear MoMath friends,

The weather outside may be frightful, but math is always delightful.  If you've got no place to go, come to MoMath for a wintry mix of history, puzzles, theater, and three different ways to experience Robot Swarm — MoMath's one-of-a-kind new robotics exhibit!  Plus, you won't want to miss this year's Dimensions Puzzle Hunt, brought to you in collaboration with Escape the Room NYC.

MoMath at a Glance  
Through December 29 Extended holiday hours at Additions, the shop at MoMath
December 1 Turing Tales: Author Andrew Hodges talks about the book that inspired the blockbuster new movie
December 3 Math Encounters: "Shaping Surfaces” with Chaim Goodman-Strauss
December 5 Rosenthal Prize award presentation
December 5 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: "Mathematical Puzzles — and the 'Tricks' You Need to Solve Them”

December 6 World premiere of Matthew Brand’s Luminaries in Composite: the gallery at MoMath
December 8 Broadway Intersections: The Math Behind The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
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 exhibit opening
December 20 Cross Product: 3D-printing workshops
January 7 Math Encounters: “On The Shoulders of Giants: Newton Revealed” with William Dunham
January 8 Winter Wonderlamp workshop
January 16 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: “Creature Cuts”
January, 2015 Shapes Abound: The Squared Triangle Bench and new pentagonal Tessellation Station tiles come to MoMath
Tuesdays PolyPals toddler program
Tuesdays/Thursdays Expansions after-school program for gifted students

Turing Tales

: Author Andrew Hodges talks about the book that inspired the blockbuster new movie
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 41.  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. Special introduction by John Conway, prizewinning Princeton University mathematician and inventor of the cellular automaton Game of Life.  Register at mathencounters.org.

2014 Rosenthal Prize award presentation
Friday, December 5, 6:30 pm

Before Family Fridays begins, one exceptional middle school math teacher will receive the Rosenthal Prize for Innovation in Math Teaching.  Be there when Saul Rosenthal presents the $25,000 award to the winning teacher — and if you know a math teacher with a hands-on, engaging classroom activity, let them know that the application process for the 2015 Rosenthal Prize opens on December 1 at rosenthalprize.momath.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, and 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.

World premiere of Matthew Brand's Luminaries in Composite: the gallery at MoMath
Saturday, December 6, 6:00 pm

If you like the Light Grooves exhibit at MoMath, you’ll love the latest gallery show featuring the newest work of artist, inventor, and visionary Matthew Brand.  Evoking figures from ancient Egypt to the medieval Silk Road to modern casinos, light artist Matt Brand has captured some of history’s most intriguing thinkers. The Composite gallery at the National Museum of Mathematics will feature the world’s first large-scale show of lumography — smooth, water-clear lenses whose undulating surfaces rearrange light beams into ghostly morphing pictures. Many years in development, Brand’s marriage of sand castle mathematics and swimming pool optics will premiere at 6 pm on December 6.  For more information and to register for the opening reception, visit luminaries.momath.org.

Broadway Intersections: The Math Behind The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Monday, December 8, 6:30 pm

Broadway’s newest hit brings mathematics to the stage!  Join actor Alex Sharp (“Christopher”) 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

Special offer: See the show on Broadway with MoMath on December 2, 2014 at 7 pm for $99 per seat, or December 6, 2014 at 2 pm for $109 per seat.  Limited seats available; all seats will be in the orchestra section.  This offer is only available to Broadway Intersections attendees, so be sure to register at curious.momath.org.  Email functions@momath.org for more information and to reserve seats.

Dimensions Puzzle Hunt: Escape the Museum!


Saturday, December 13, hourly starting between 10:00 am and 4:00 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!  Registration will open soon at escape.momath.org; look for an announcement on Twitter (@MoMath1) and Facebook (facebook.com/MoMath1).

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).  See details and register at unbounded.momath.org.

Robot Swarm comes to MoMath!

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!  See more at swarm.momath.org.

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 and cutting-edge robotics exhibit.  RSVP required: email membership@momath.org for details.

Cross Product: 3D-printing workshops
Saturday, December 20, 11:00 am and 4:00 pm

If you're at loose ends over winter break or don't know what to get that special tech-lover in your life, check out MoMath's special 3D-printing workshops in December.  Create a unique trigonometric bracelet or keepsake in the morning, print high resolution 3D objects with liquid resin and lasers in the afternoon, or maximize the 3D journey and sign up for both!  Cross Product is sure to appeal to anyone who can use a laptop, from students on break to adults who want to dive into a new dimension of technology.  Learn more and register at 3D.momath.org.

Can't make it on December 20?  Let us know what dates and sessions you'd prefer with the Cross Product interest list.  Potential dates are December 9, 10, 17, or 19 from 4:00-6:00 pm; sessions will open as registered interest grows, so make sure to sign up at 3D.momath.org!  Registrants will be notified when sessions open.

Math Encounters: “On The Shoulders of Giants: Newton Revealed” with William Dunham
Wednesday, January 7, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Meet the great Sir Isaac Newton, as revealed through a lifetime of collaboration and communication.  William Dunham, who delves into both math and its history, uses Newton’s own words to expose the man behind the math.  From his earliest known letter, through exchanges with Leibniz, Locke, and others, to his most-quoted passage about standing on the shoulders of giants, Newton comes to life at his best … and his worst.  Refreshments follow the afternoon presentation of Math Encounters; arrive by 6:30 pm for refreshments preceding the evening presentation. Register at mathencounters.org.

Winter Wonderlamp
Thursday, January 8, 6:30 pm

Take a journey into the wonder of mathematical form and biomimicry, and brighten up winter by creating your own beautiful lamp using iterative paper folding techniques.  Enjoy a math-maker mash-up of elementary symmetries, crystallography, origami, and light, while learning about structure, strength, stability, and translations — an aesthetic experience not to be missed!  After the workshop, illuminate mathematics by taking your lamp home.  Register at wonderlamp.momath.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: "Creature Cuts”
Friday, January 16, 6:30 pm


Using a sharp eye and a sharp tool, create an Escher-like tessellation of lizards or other creatures to decorate your home.  Computer science and math instructor Kevin Lee demonstrates how removing the negative space from a vinyl sticker creates a two-color design similar to the work of M. C. Escher.  Learn about the math of symmetry and tessellations, and take home your very own 10” x 10” tessellation window sticker.  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.

Shapes Abound: The Squared Triangle Bench and new pentagonal Tessellation Station tiles come to MoMath
January, 2015
Discover the power of shapes with MoMath's newest additions!  First, transform a hinged square into a triangle and back again with the Squared Triangle Bench, specially designed for MoMath by Stanford student Alejandro Palandjoglou.  Next, check out the three new types of pentagonal tiles at Tessellation Station: Cairo, Prismatic, and the mirrored Versatile.  Use Cairo and Prismatic pentagons — recently proven to create the most efficient convex pentagonal tilings — to construct tessellation patterns; you may discover a pattern that's entirely new to mathematics! Date to be announced soon at momath.org/upcoming-events.

Members-only preview

January, 2015


Squares, triangles, and pentagons — oh my!  Become a member today (momath.org/join) for a chance to enjoy light refreshments, discover the math behind these shapes, and be one of the first to see if you can create an entirely new pentagonal tiling at MoMath.  Date to be announced soon at momath.org/upcoming-events.

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. There's still time to register for classes in 2014; registration for 2015 will open soon.  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.  There's still time to register for classes in 2014; registration for 2015 will open soon.  For more information and to apply, visit expansions.momath.org.

Extended holiday hours:

  • Additions, the shop at MoMath, will be open from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm on Black Friday, November 28.
  • Additions will be open from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm daily between December 13 and December 27, except on December 25.
  • Additions 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 open here: applycomposite.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 30 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 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.

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