[MoMath] 2015 Sept-Oct Upcoming Events

Dear MoMath friends,

As the school year begins, explore math to its limits!  Enjoy a free afternoon at the Museum, discover beautiful mathematical breakthroughs, and celebrate the 150th anniversary of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland with a week of Alice-themed events, including an all-new Unbounded adult-only evening and Dimensions Puzzle Hunt.  Plus, get your bookshelves ready: MoMath and Princeton University Press are collaborating on a beautifully illustrated edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, available this fall!

New: Long-term memberships at MoMath!  Sign up now for two- or five-year memberships, and become a sustaining force for the Museum.  Call (212) 542-0566 to sign up or learn more.

MoMath at a Glance  
Through October 9 Send MoMath your best mathematical songs for an open mic night in November
Tuesdays in September Transitive Tuesdays: Members bring friends and family for free after 2 pm
Wednesday, September 2 Math Encounters: “How Fast Does It Grow?” with Dick Gross
Thursdays, starting September 10 Expansions program for gifted students
September 21 – November 30 M-Cubed: Mondays at MoMath
Wednesday, September 23 The Magic of Math: Solving for x and Figuring Out Why
Thursday, September 24 Free Play: a free(!) afternoon at MoMath, brought to you by Citadel
Friday, September 25 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: “Connecting with Geometry
Friday, October 2 Unbounded: An Evening at MoMath — The Art and Magic of Alice
Saturday, October 3 Wonderland Creative Crafts at MoMath
Saturday, October 3 Dimensions Puzzle Hunt: "What the Tortoise Taught Us"
Wednesday, October 7 Math Encounters: “Lewis Carroll in Numberland” with Robin Wilson
Thursday, October 8 Growing up with Gardner: a son's playful memories of Martin
Friday, October 23 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: “Math Makes Music
Tuesday, October 27 Party Under Construction: the 2015 MoMath Gala
December 13-15 Winter Wonderlamp returns!
Wednesday, December 16 The Harmonic Series: Concert & Conversation with MoMath

Send MoMath your best mathematical songs

Submissions accepted through October 9

Make math your muse!  MoMath is now accepting submissions for an all-new mathematical song competition. Write your own words to a favorite tune or compose your own melody; the only rules are that the lyrics must be original and must be about math or a mathematical concept.  The winners will be invited to participate in an open mic night at MoMath on Thursday, November 19.  Send your submissions before October 9; see songs.momath.org.

Transitive Tuesdays: Members bring friends and family for free after 2 pm
Tuesdays in September

Members, now you can share MoMath with friends and family this September, when the Museum opens its doors to you and up to ten guests every Tuesday.  For five special weeks, you can show your friends exactly what you love about the Museum.  Not a member?  Join now at momath.org/join.

Math Encounters: “How Fast Does It Grow?” with Dick Gross


Wednesday, September 2, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm


Scale a mathematical mountain known as the factorial with former Dean of Harvard College and Leverett Professor of Mathematics Benedict Gross.  The factorial function, usually written as n!, helps model innumerable different phenomena in the world around us, from the number of ways an election ballot can be filled out to the probabilities encountered in a game of poker.  These wide-ranging applications lead us to want to know how quickly n! grows.  Professor Gross will take us on a historical journey, starting with Louis XIV revoking the Edict of Nantes, that will show how mathematics can illuminate such questions of which quantities ultimately grow the fastest.  Refreshments follow the afternoon presentation of Math Encounters; arrive by 6:30 pm for refreshments preceding the evening presentation.  Register at mathencounters.org.

M-Cubed: Mondays at MoMath

Monday, September 21 – Monday, November 30, 4:00 pm

Delve into the weird facts and human foibles behind mathematical discoveries with M-Cubed, a new ten-part series led by Rutgers professor Alex Kontorovich.  Based on a popular class Alex taught at Yale, M-Cubed is an engaging, illuminating, exhilarating exploration of mathematical trials and breakthroughs over the centuries.  An Ivy League-quality course without the Ivy League price, this intimately-sized class will be a unique fall adventure.  If you love learning not just about formulas and proofs but about the problems, people, and stories behind them, you won't want to miss this.  Learn more and register at mcubed.momath.org.

The Magic of Math: Solving for x and Figuring Out Why
Wednesday, September 23, 6:30 pm

Don’t miss a dazzling display of mathemagical entertainment as Harvey Mudd professor Dr. Arthur Benjamin fools around with Fibonacci numbers, investigates infinity, marvels over mathematical magic tricks, and performs amazing feats of rapid mental calculation.  Plus, Art will be autographing copies of his new book, The Magic of Math, available for purchase from Additions, the shop at MoMath.  This event is recommended for ages 10 and older.  Learn more and register at mathmagic.momath.org.

Free Play: a free(!) afternoon at MoMath, brought to you by Citadel

Thursday, September 24, 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm

For one afternoon, admission to MoMath will be completely free for all visitors!  Come enjoy all your favorite exhibits — and if you have friends who have never been to the Museum, there's no better time to bring them along.  Plus, MoMath will be open two hours later than usual, so you can optimize your fun.  Free Play is made possible through the generous support of Citadel.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: “Connecting with Geometry”

Friday, September 25, 6:30 pm


Use modular origami to create elegant constructions out of multiple pieces of paper, just by folding, overlapping, and arranging, and then see how the right pressure can make these seemingly stable shapes flutter apart.  The folding is easy; it's the assembly that's the challenge!  What folded forms help you craft these space-filling butterfly balls?  Join geometric artist Hans Schepker to discover the tricks of these compound paper 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.

Unbounded: An Evening at MoMath — The Art and Magic of Alice

Friday, October 2, 7:30 pm

Journey down the rabbit hole to Unbounded!  Commemorate the upcoming 150th anniversary of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland at a themed edition of MoMath's adult-only night at the Museum.  Explore MoMath through the looking glass, and make sure to keep an eye out for wild tea parties!  Costumes are welcome.  21+ (ID required).  One free drink is included with admission.  Additional drinks will be available for purchase.  Register for this Unbounded event or for the next four at a discounted rate at unbounded.momath.org.

As a bonus, see Alice like you've never seen her before with a beautiful new edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, illustrated by Salvador Dalí.  This edition, which is being published by Princeton University Press in association with MoMath, will be available for purchase at Unbounded almost two weeks before its official public release.

Wonderland Creative Crafts at MoMath
Saturday, October 3, 10:30 am and 1:00 pm

Keep the celebration going!  Parents and kids through age 12 can drop by MoMath to craft Alice's Adventures in Wonderland-themed keepsakes, like looking glasses, card collars, and more, all in honor of the 150th anniversary.  Feeling curiouser and curiouser?  Register at creativecrafts.momath.org to assure your place; walk-ins welcome on a first-come, first-served basis.

Dimensions Puzzle Hunt: "What the Tortoise Taught Us"

Saturday, October 3, 3:00 pm

Puzzlers, unite!  The Dimensions Puzzle Hunt is back with an all-new adventure entitled "What the Tortoise Taught Us."  Produced by constructor Nathan Curtis for the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, this hunt promises an evening full of puzzles, conundrums, and other entertainments inspired by the work of Lewis Carroll.  Dimensions is appropriate for adults and high school students.  While expert teams may solve in two hours (or less), please allow up to four and a half hours for this event.  Learn more and register at puzzlehunt.momath.org.

Math Encounters: “Lewis Carroll in Numberland” with Robin Wilson


Wednesday, October 7, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm


If Charles Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll) hadn’t written the Alice books, he’d probably be remembered as a pioneer Victorian photographer.  But if he’d not been remembered for this, would he be remembered as a mathematics teacher at Oxford University?  What mathematics did he do?  And how good was he?  Join UK mathematician Robin Wilson as he takes us on an illustrated journey through the looking glass, exploring math, puzzles, logic… and even monkeys!  Refreshments follow the afternoon presentation of Math Encounters; arrive by 6:30 pm for refreshments preceding the evening presentation.  Register at mathencounters.org.

Growing up with Gardner: a son's playful memories of Martin
Thursday, October 8, 7 pm

You may know Martin Gardner from his books and columns on mathematical games, his work debunking pseudoscience, or The Annotated Alice, his compendium of the mathematical riddles, wordplay, and references in Lewis Carroll's Alice books.  But do you know what he kept in his pockets?  Get the inside scoop on this incredible amateur mathematician and celebrated skeptic from one of the people who knew him best — his son, Jim Gardner.  Register at gardner.momath.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: “Math Makes Music”

Friday, October 23, 6:30 pm


Over two thousand years ago, the Pythagoreans discovered relationships between the shapes of vibration of simple strings and the combinations of sound that please our ears and brains.  Since then, mathematicians and scientists have learned a great deal about how sizes, shapes, and nonlinear dynamics of instruments determine their special sounds.  Indeed, modern makers use math(!) as they design and build new instruments.  Join Dr. Bruce Bayly, a singer and violinist as well as a mathematician, as he shows us the math behind the music.  This program is recommended for participants ages 7 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.

Party Under Construction: the 2015 MoMath Gala
Tuesday, October 27, 6:30 pm

Join MoMath for an elegant evening honoring Santiago Calatrava, architect of the Oculus, Manhattan's stunning new building.  With good food, drink, and conviviality, celebrate Calatrava's sweeping designs and the way in which mathematics and its structures have inspired and enhanced the beauty and performance — the form and foundation — of the world we have built around us.  Seating is limited; register now at gala.momath.org.

Early registration is now open for two amazing events this December:

Winter Wonderlamp returns!
Sunday, December 13 – Tuesday, December 15

Winter's looking brighter already!   Mark your calendars now and light up the holidays with this unique, mathematically created lamp.  Learn more at wonderlamp.momath.org.

The Harmonic Series: Concerts & Conversations with MoMath
Wednesday, December 16, 7:00 pm

Don’t miss the debut of this exciting new concert series.  Learn more and register at harmonic.momath.org.

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


Thursday afternoons, beginning September 10 (K-8, separated by level)



Reinvent math class with Expansions, MoMath's afternoon gifted program.  Featuring programs for all mathematically gifted students currently enrolled in kindergarten through 8th grade, 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 several levels, which are differentiated by mathematical experience rather than age.  Admission is by application only.  Apply now and register for Fall 2015 classes; to learn more and submit an application, visit expansions.momath.org.

High school sessions will run on Tuesdays with sufficient enrollment.  If you are interested in high school sessions, please email expansions@momath.org.

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, laser-cutting parties, and bar/bat mitzvahs.  Who knew math could be this much fun?  Email events@momath.org for more information.

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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School and group visits for 2015-2016
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 for a trip at fieldtrip.momath.org.

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