[MoMath] 2015 Dec-Jan Upcoming Events

Dear MoMath friends,

Investigate the mathematical mysteries of the universe with MoMath!  Leap from dark matter to planetary alignments, discover the tension of suspension, and illuminate the artistic and musical side of math.  Plus, don't miss a magical new edition of Unbounded, MoMath's 21+ night at the Museum.

Black Friday fun: MoMath will be closed on Thanksgiving, but the Museum and Additions, the shop at MoMath, will both be open until 8 pm on Friday, November 27.

MoMath at a Glance  
Friday, November 27 MoMath is open until 8 pm on Black Friday!
Wednesday, December 2 Math Encounters: “Mystery of the Masses” with Donald Saari
Friday, December 11 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: “Suspended Geometry
December 13-15 Winter Wonderlamp returns!
Wednesday, December 16 Inaugurate The Harmonic Series: Join MoMath as public radio’s Piano Puzzler Bruce Adolphe hosts "All Things Equal: Music and Math at the Piano"
Thursdays through December 17 Expansions program for gifted students
Tuesday, December 22 Solstice Stars: Don’t miss the latest MathHappening! 
Friday, December 25
Friday, January 1
MoMath is open on Christmas Day and New Year's Day!
Wednesday, January 6 Math Encounters: “Mysteries at an Exhibit: Math as Art Detective” with Ingrid Daubechies
Tuesdays and Thursdays, January 12 through March 31 Expansions program for gifted students. Now with Tuesday options starting at 4 pm and 4:30 pm!
Friday, January 15 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: “Puzzles and Paradoxes: A Mathematical Potpourri
Wednesday, January 20 Volumes: The MoMath book club inaugural meeting
Friday, January 22 Unbounded: An Evening of Mathemagical Mystique

Unique gift idea: Print your own Mathaeneum designed sculpture!  Turn your mathematical designs into three-dimensional reality.  Email additions@momath.org for more information.

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.

College students: become a MoMath intern!
Now accepting applications for summer


Share your love of math with others!  MoMath is now accepting applications for summer internships for current college students.  Improve your interpersonal and communication skills, explore mathematical concepts, and learn valuable job skills.  See more at momath.org/jobs.  Please note that internships are unpaid.

High school students: Intern at MoMath on weekends this spring!



This spring, high school students with a love of math can become a part of MoMath!  Gain valuable experience while helping others, and add something unique to your college applications.  Applications for Spring 2016 high school internships are now available at momath.org/jobs.

Math Encounters: “Mystery of the Masses” with Donald Saari


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

Those puzzling voting paradoxes demonstrate a problem: the voting systems we use may not result in the election of the most favored candidate.  A surprising fact is that using mathematics to understand why these voting anomalies arise also creates a framework for examining other mysteries, including the question of dark matter.  Explore the power of mathematics as Donald Saari challenges received wisdom about the very nature of our universe.  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: “Suspended Geometry”




Friday, December 11, 6:30 pm


Tensegrity is a way of building things that lets you design mind-bending three-dimensional structures with support beams that mutually suspend each other with only the help of rope or wire.  Build up from the basics and stretch your geometric intuition to create fascinating symmetric forms.  This hands-on activity won two ribbons at the 2014 Maker Faire, and it might just change the way you think about structure.  The 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.

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 on December 14-15, or attend a teacher training workshop on December 14 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


"All Things Equal: Music and Math at the Piano"
Please note that this event will take place at the Engelman Recital Hall in 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 sign up now for all four quarterly performances at a special introductory rate, at harmonic.momath.org.

Solstice Stars: MoMath's latest MathHappening

Tuesday, December 22, 6:30 pm
Please note that this event will take place at the Flatiron North Plaza (E 23rd St. between Broadway and 5th Ave.)

If you liked Pythagorize the Flatiron or the Pi Day of the Century, join MoMath for another giant group celebration.  Commemorate the Winter Solstice with math and light as we create a stunning display that celebrates the sun, geometry, and our local community.  Then join us on the plaza for a warm treat courtesy of DAVIDsTEA.  This special mathematical celebration will be part of the 23 Days of Flatiron Cheer; bring a can of food to share some cheer with others through the Flatiron’s food drive.  Come out dressed to the sevens in your starriest attire!  Register at solstice.momath.org.

Math Encounters: “Mysteries at an Exhibit: Math as Art Detective” with Ingrid Daubechies
Wednesday, January 6, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Ingrid Daubechies, Past President of the International Mathematical Union, shows the sleuthing side of mathematics as she tackles thorny questions coming out of the art world: what was underneath that Van Gogh painting?  What did this Renaissance masterpiece look like before it aged and cracked?  And most vitally, which paintings are real and which are forgeries?  Come discover how analytic image processing helps unravel these mysteries.  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: “Puzzles and Paradoxes: A Mathematical Potpourri”




Friday, January 15, 6:30 pm


What kind of surprises can you find in linked mobius strips?  How do you make a dollar bill vanish, geometrically?  Join puzzle designer Christopher Morgan for a night full of math paradoxes, magic tricks, and surprising mathematical solutions, all from the collections of puzzle masters Martin Gardner and Lewis Carroll.  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.

Volumes: The MoMath Book Club inaugural meeting
Wednesday, January 20, 6:00 pm

Love mathematics and books?  Looking for a stimulating and fun discussion?  Volumes, the MoMath book club, is just the thing for you.  This reading group is designed especially for those who are interested in mathematics and science and how it affects our lives.  No prior math or science background is necessary.  The first selection will be The Housekeeper and the Professor: A Novel.  Learn more and register at volumes.momath.org.

Unbounded: An Evening of Mathemagical Mystique
Friday, January 22, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
21+ (ID required)

Why wait for Valentine's Day?  Head to MoMath's 21+ night for an evening of math, magic, and intrigue.  Explore the Museum by yourself or with friends, and enjoy an intimate, unbelievable magical experience.  And don’t miss the interactive demonstration of mathematical matchmaking.  Cocktail attire encouraged.  One free drink with admission; additional drinks available for purchase.  Register at unbounded.momath.org.

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





Tuesday or 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.  To learn more and submit an application, visit expansions.momath.orgNow with Tuesday options starting at 4 pm and 4:30 pm!

Mathematical Artistry
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.

Free trips for Title I schools
Thanks to the support of companies including Google, OppenheimerFunds, and Con Edison, as well as some generous MoMath friends, support for Title I schools is now available.  To register for a free trip this year, visit titleone.momath.orgInterested in sponsoring a field trip?  Email admin@momath.org.

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