[MoMath] 2015 Oct-Nov Upcoming Events

Dear MoMath friends,

Get back to the classics this fall at MoMath!  Kick off October by celebrating the 150th anniversary of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, with topsy-turvy twists on events like Math Encounters and Unbounded, MoMath's 21+ night.  Then, get ready to discover the secrets of Martin Gardner, revisit arithmetic, find a new spin on an old game, and more!

Have you tried out for Varsity Math yet?  Get your weekly puzzle fix from MoMath in the Wall Street Journal every Saturday, or check out varsity.momath.org and blogs.wsj.com/puzzle.

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MoMath at a Glance  
Through October 9 Time's running out: send MoMath your best mathematical songs!
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
Tuesday, November 3 Probability Play: Teacher Professional Development
Wednesday, November 4 Math Encounters: “'Rithmetic Revisited” with Carl Pomerance
Wednesday, November 11 Mastering Dots and Boxes
Friday, November 13 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: “Let's Box!
Thursday, November 19 The Open Set: A Night of Original Musical Performance
December 13-15 Winter Wonderlamp returns!
Wednesday, December 16 The Harmonic Series: Concert & Conversation with MoMath
Thursdays through December 17 Expansions program for gifted students

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 The Open Set on Thursday, November 19.  Send your submissions before October 9; see songs.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.  Note that the Museum will be closing at 3:00 pm on October 3 to accommodate this exciting 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.  Participants ages 7 and up are invited to join Dr. Bruce Bayly, a singer and violinist as well as a mathematician, as he shows us the math behind the music.  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, 6:00 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.

Probability Play: Teacher Professional Development
Tuesday, November 3, 9:30 am — 4:00 pm

Join MoMath's Chief of Mathematics Nick Rauh and 2015 Rosenthal Prize winner Ralph Pantozzi for a two-part workshop featuring activities that explore probability through the lens of experimentation.  In the morning, focus on the use of simulations to model populations, random data, and counterintuitive puzzles while participating in a rigorous mathematical discussion.  In the afternoon, experience an activity on random walks and a discussion of the elegant mathematics behind them.  These activities will touch on many of the points outlined in the Common Core standards for teaching probability and statistics.  This workshop is recommended for middle school and early high school teachers.  Register at fall2015pd.momath.org.

Math Encounters: “'Rithmetic Revisited” with Carl Pomerance
Wednesday, November 4, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

How could there be something we don't know about arithmetic — didn't we learn it all in third grade?  But here's a problem we don't know the solution to:  What is the fastest way to multiply?  And another: How many different numbers appear in a large multiplication table?  Dartmouth mathematician Carl Pomerance reveals the hidden mysteries of multiplication and addition in this surprising reexamination of grade-school math.  Refreshments follow the afternoon presentation of Math Encounters; arrive by 6:30 pm for refreshments preceding the evening presentation.  Register at mathencounters.org.

Mastering Dots and Boxes
Wednesday, November 11, 6:30 pm

The familiar pencil-and-paper game "Dots and Boxes" hides astounding strategic complexity when played on grids larger than a handful of boxes.  Join Elwyn Berlekamp, a recognized world authority on strategic play, as he reveals the surprising depth in this seemingly simple children's game. Berlekamp will show us subtle tactics, connections with other games, and the state of the art in the study of Dots and Boxes.  Plus, you are likely to learn how you and your family can beat the neighbors in this perennially-loved pastime.  Learn more and register at dotsboxes.momath.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: “Let's Box!”


Friday, November 13, 6:30 pm


The Japanese art of origami (paper-folding) is centuries old, but the genre of modular origami or geometric construction using congruent units is relatively recent.  By examining the roles of reflection symmetry versus rotation symmetry in paper folding, simple but clever box forms will be produced – just in time for the holiday season!  And by using newly folded boxes as modules, an even bigger surprise awaits.  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.

The Open Set: A Night of Original Musical Performance
Thursday, November 19, 7:00 pm

Add a little math to your music!  We asked mathemusicians around the world to send us their best original mathematical lyrics or compositions.  Now, you can hear the winners at a special night of musical performance.  Settle in for an evening of clever lyrics and fun tunes, including exciting performances from three special guests!  If you're inspired, a few spaces will also be available for brave members of the audience to perform on the spot.  Learn more and register at mathmusic.momath.org.

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

Winter's looking brighter already!  Fold together symmetry, origami, light, stability, translations and more as last year's popular geometric lamp-making activity returns for a full three days of possibilities.

Families: Choose from two upcoming workshops on Sunday, December 13!  Use patience and iterative folding techniques to create stunning paper lamps to take home.
Teachers: Bring a Wonderlamp workshop to your school, or attend teacher training workshops to learn how to bring this project to your classes.

Learn more and register at wonderlamp.momath.org.

The Harmonic Series: Concerts & Conversations with MoMath
Wednesday, December 16, 7:00 pm
Please note that this event will take place at the Baruch Performing Arts Center

Math and music join forces for the Harmonic Series, an exciting new quarterly program presented by MoMath. Hosted by public radio's "Piano Puzzler," Bruce Adolphe, the opening concert will feature Noam Elkies, a mathematician, composer, and the youngest ever tenured professor at Harvard; and Orli Shaham, an acclaimed pianist and the host of Dial-A-Musician, in conversation and performance.  On Beethoven's birthday, enjoy the best of both worlds as these talented minds play live music and participate in an ongoing discussion about the artistic and logical intersections of these two disciplines.  This event will be followed by a wine and cheese reception. Register for this performance or for all four at a discounted rate at harmonic.momath.org.

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



Thursday afternoons (K-12, 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.

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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