[MoMath] 2016 April-May Upcoming Events

Dear MoMath friends,

From information to recreation to education, don't miss MoMath's exciting spring lineup.  Whether you're making decisions or making emotional connections, analyzing data or analyzing your best billiard shot, or just want to enjoy creative crafts, bestselling books, and hot new movies — MoMath has something for everyone.  Take a sneak peek at the mathematics of precision engineering, go for a Random Walk on Wall Street, and participate in a world-class discussion about math education in America, featuring some of the nation's most prominent voices in this arena — come let your voice be heard.  It's all happening at MoMath this spring!

MoMath at a Glance  
Wed, Apr 6 Math Encounters: "What's Behind Door Number Two? The Monty Hall problem, reconsidered" with Jason Rosenhouse
Thu, Apr 7 Tavern Night
Fri, Apr 8 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: "Pool Party" with Justin Lanier
Sat, Apr 9 A Square Affair
Tue, Apr 12 The Man Who Knew Infinity: a discussion with Fields Medalist Manjul Bhargava and film director Matt Brown
Thu, Apr 14 NCTM Rosenthal Prize sessions in San Francisco
Sat, Apr 16
Sun, Apr 17
USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington D.C.
Tue, Apr 19 Beaver Brains and the Turntable Tango: Anatomy of an Exhibit
Thu, Apr 21 Volumes, the MoMath book club: Uncle Petros and Goldbach’s Conjecture 
Mon, Apr 25
Tue, Apr 26
Wed, Apr 27
Transformations Spring 2016 Camps: "Puzzle Me This"
Mon, Apr 25 My Search for Ramanujan: An evening with author, number theorist, and film producer, Ken Ono
Tue, Apr 26 Screening of The Man Who Knew Infinity at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Westchester
Wed, May 4 Math Encounters: "Saving Face: information tricks for life and love" with Tom Verhoeff
Tue, May 10 Course Corrections: Is high school math serving society? Can it? Does it?  Should it?
Wed, May 11 MathHappening: A Random Walk on Wall Street
Fri, May 13 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: "Mosaics and Honeycombs" with Alison Martin
Thu, May 19 Volumes, the MoMath book club
Thu, May 19 Unbounded: Live Podcast with "People Doing Math"
Coming this spring The Insides of Things: the Art of Miguel Berrocal in Composite, the gallery at MoMath

Special Summer Happenings at MoMath

Transformations Summer Camp at MoMath
July 11th through September 2nd, 9 am – 3 pm (weekly sessions)

Spend summer falling in love with math!  Rising first through eighth graders will experience the richness of mathematics through hands-on and full-body interactive activities illustrating the many connections to math.  Whether you opt for Playing Smart (teaching the strategies behind your favorite math games), Geometric Crafts (bringing out the artistic side of mathematics), Puzzle Me That (riddles and puzzles for problem-solving enthusiasts), or What are the Chances? (probability and the surprising results of everyday life), your child will develop a lifelong appreciation of learning at America’s only Museum of Mathematics.  Sign up now for a 15% early bird discount!  Learn more and register at summercamp.momath.org.

New this summer: Volumes for Teens, Tweens, and Young Adults!
MoMath brings its popular Volumes book club to a younger audience.  Pizza, ice cream, and good math reads:  what better way to spend a summer evening?  Watch for more information, coming soon.

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, learn valuable job skills, plus have a great time meeting new and interesting people, including top members of the mathematical community.  See more at momath.org/jobs.  Please note that internships are unpaid.

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.

Math Encounters: "What's Behind Door Number Two? The Monty Hall problem, reconsidered" with Jason Rosenhouse
Wednesday, April 6, 4:00 pm and 6:30 pm
Starting fifty years ago, Monty Hall unwittingly turned the math world on its ear — students and professors alike — with a seemingly simple stunt on his game show, Let's Make a Deal.  In the midst of a trademark giveaway, he'd show contestants that one of the doors hiding prizes was a dud, and then give them the chance to switch from their current choice to the remaining unopened door.  Since then, the debate has raged over whether it's valuable to take Monty's deal.  Professor and card sharp Jason Rosenhouse will help participants sort out the math and myth of whether to switch and then give us the tools to tackle other fascinating and perplexing situations of choice in the face of incomplete knowledge.  Special introduction by Jason Rosenfeld, NBA Director of Basketball Analytics.  Register at mathencounters.org.

Tavern Night
Thursday, April 7, 7:00 pm
The newest puzzle in the Tavern Puzzle Collection, Collaborative Effort, will be making its world premiere at MoMath!  In honor of the debut, enjoy a night of drinks, fun, and tavern games like darts and skittles.  Plus, test your mettle with a puzzle race; you could win your own Collaborative Effort puzzle!  For aficionados, not only will this be the first place you can buy the new puzzle, but Tavern Puzzle Collection creators Dennis and Donna Sucilsky will be on hand to discuss how they got their start, how they make the puzzles, and how they come up with new ideas.  They'll even be bringing an anvil, so they can personalize any puzzle you purchase during the evening.  Buy a Collaborative Effort puzzle during this event and receive 10% off!

Beer and wine will be available for purchase (ID required).  Families and students are welcome; those under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Register at tavern.momath.org

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: "Pool Party" with Justin Lanier
Friday, April 8, 6:30 pm
Mathematicians have invented many puzzles and problems inspired by the game of pool.  Can you predict which pocket a ball will go into?  Can you hit a shot that will come back to where it started?  Problems like these are very approachable, but they run from being fairly easy all the way up to completely unsolved.  In fact, math's most prestigious award — the Fields Medal — was recently awarded to two mathematicians who study problems about pool. Come learn their amazing stories and try some pool puzzles yourself! The presentation is free to attendees, as part of Time Warner Cable's Connect a Million Minds Campaign.  Register at familyfridays.momath.org.

A Square Affair
Saturday, April 9, 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
What's so special about April 9 this year?  Why, it's a day of perfect squares: 4-9-16!  In honor of this special date, MoMath will be hosting A Square Affair on Saturday, April 9.  Take a ride on the nation's only Square-Wheeled Tricycle, enjoy the games and activities on Math Square, and explore three different right-angled crafts:

Pairs to Squares
Try your hand at assembling the provided puzzle pieces and stumble upon a surprising relationship between the square numbers and consecutive pairs from another number family.

Borromean Squares
You may have seen Borromean Rings before — a set of three rings intertwined so that no two alone are linked, yet the three together are inseparable.  While this configuration is impossible to construct using rigid circular rings, it's possible if we use squares!  Make your own Borromean Square set with area ratio 4:9:16.

By following simple arithmetic rules, you can design striking geometric figures.  Experiment with different designs, then craft your own star-shaped string figure comprising three interwoven squares.

Register for these exciting right-angled crafts at squareaffair.momath.org.

The Man Who Knew Infinity
Tuesday, April 12, 7:00 pm

Join Fields Medalist Manjul Bhargava and up-and-coming director Matt Brown in a conversation, including several pre-release movie clips, about the content and making of the new Hollywood film on Ramanujan, The Man Who Knew Infinity.  Though he never received a formal education in the subject, Ramanujan's work has had a truly transformative effect on modern mathematics.  Even today, as we delve further into lines from his letters and notebooks, Ramanujan's ideas continue to fundamentally change the field and have even influenced Manjul's own work.  Don't miss this one-of-a-kind event as a new and acclaimed film director describes how he brought these ideas to life on the big screen, then listen and learn as a mathematical thought leader of today shares insights about the more accessible ideas of one of history's most stunning mathematical minds.  Chat with Manjul, Matt, and other math and film fans at a reception following the talk, sponsored by a generous MoMath supporter.  Register today at ramanujan.momath.org.

NCTM Rosenthal Prize sessions in San Francisco
Thursday, April 14, 8:00 am, 3:30 pm, and 5:00 pm
Are you attending the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) conference this April in San Francisco?  Don’t miss three opportunities to learn more about the Rosenthal Prize for Innovation in Math Teaching on April 14!

8:00 am: Join 2014 Rosenthal Prize winner Ralph Pantozzi and “Take a Walk on the Random Side” — experience his award-winning lesson, Random Walk, for yourself inside (and outside) of Room 3007 of the Moscone Center.

3:30 pm: Learn how to craft your own lesson for the Prize with 2014 Rosenthal Prize winner Ralph Pantozzi, 2013 Rosenthal Prize runner-up Brent Ferguson, and MoMath President Glen Whitney in “Innovative Lessons: The National Museum of Mathematics’ Rosenthal Prize” in Room 2011 of the Moscone Center.

5:00 pm: Three Rosenthal Prize judges, including Keith Devlin, “The Math Guy” from NPR, will be on hand for a Meet-n-Greet at The View Lounge in the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. Come say hello and learn more about how to submit a strong application for the prize.

To learn more about the Rosenthal Prize, visit rosenthalprize.momath.org.

USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C.
Saturday & Sunday, April 16 & 17, 10:00 am
MoMath heads south with its award-winning Suspended Geometry activity, allowing visitors to design mind-bending three-dimensional structures in which support beams mutually suspend each other with only the help of rope or wire.  Using this concept, called tensegrity, visitors can build up from the basics and stretch their geometric intuition to create fascinating symmetric structures.  Plus, join MoMath's team of expert builders to make a giant group tensegrity structure.  And while you're in DC, don't miss Kenneth Snelson’s "Needle Tower” at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, a breathtaking demonstration of tensegrity at its finest.  Find out more about the USA Science and Engineering Festival on their website: usasciencefestival.org

Beaver Brains and the Turntable Tango: Anatomy of an Exhibit
Tuesday, April 19, 6:30 pm
MoMath's newest exhibit, Beaver Run, is also one of its most technically challenging.  Two motorized beavers run on a track that passes over 24 rotating turntables, each controlled by visitors using a panel of illuminated knobs.  All of these moving parts have to be perfectly synchronized and coordinated to bring the mathematical principles behind the Truchet tiling to life — and to prevent a catastrophic beaver pile-up or derailment!

Join Geva Patz, MoMath's volunteer technical adviser, as he takes you on a rare backstage tour inside the workings of one of the Museum's most popular exhibits.  You'll hear an incredible tale of engineering ingenuity, precision, and perseverance as Geva shares the story of how Beaver Run was brought to life with the help of a pair of tiny robot brains.  You'll also learn something about the basics of control theory, the branch of applied mathematics that keeps quadcopters in the air, driverless cars on the roads, and beavers on the rails.  Register at beaver.momath.org.

Volumes: the MoMath book club
Thursday, April 21, 6:00 pm
Don’t miss the April meeting of Volumes: the MoMath book club.  We will be discussing the critically acclaimed international bestseller, Uncle Petros and Goldbach’s Conjecture by Apostolos Dioxides.  Solving Goldbach's Conjecture, whether every even number greater than two is the sum of two primes, becomes the protagonist's obsession.  Uncle Petros and Goldbach’s Conjecture is an intellectual adventure, a story of proud genius and the exhilaration of pure mathematics — a story about the search for truth at all costs and the heavy price of finding it.  To register, visit volumes.momath.org.

Transformations Spring 2016 Camps: "Puzzle Me This"
Monday, April 25 through Wednesday, April 27 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Curious what summer camp at MoMath is like?  Spend Spring Break at MoMath where puzzles come alive in your very own hands.  Solve, create, and enjoy a wide variety of physical puzzles, logic puzzles, and mazes using mathematical problem-solving techniques.  Spring 2016 one-day camp sessions run on April 25, 26, and 27.  Sign up for one camp day, or sign up for them all!  For more information and to register, visit camp.momath.org

My Search for Ramanujan:  An evening with author, number theorist, and film producer, Ken Ono
Monday, April 25, 6:30 pm
Join award-winning mathematician Ken Ono as he discusses his new book (co-authored with the late Amir D. Aczel), My Search for Ramanujan, published by Springer.  The son of a prominent Japanese mathematician who came to the United States after World War II, Ono was raised on a diet of high expectations and little praise.  Rebelling against his pressure-cooker of a life, Ken decided to drop out of high school to follow his own path, invoking the biography of the famous Indian mathematical prodigy Srinivasa Ramanujan, who had himself twice flunked out of college.  Inspired by Ramanujan and guided by mentors who encouraged him to pursue his interest in exploring Ramanujan’s mathematical legacy, Ono searches for Ramanujan in a story that ranges over three continents and allows him to cross paths with mathematicians whose lives span the globe and the entire twentieth century and beyond.  Ono's own rocky path through college and graduate school is interwoven with the story of Ramanujan, which ultimately serves as a source of reconciliation between Ono and his parents.

Special bonus:
Ono, an Associate Producer and consultant for the film The Man Who Knew Infinity, will share exclusive clips from the movie and will also be available to sign copies of his book during a complimentary reception, courtesy of Springer, following the discussion.  Register at search.momath.org.

Screening of The Man Who Knew Infinity at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Westchester
Tuesday, April 26, 7:00 pm
Join MoMath's own Glen Whitney along with mathematician Ken Ono for a pre-release screening of The Man Who Knew Infinity at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Westchester. The Man Who Knew Infinity is a wonderful true story of legendary self-taught mathematician Ramanujan (Dev Patel), who rose from humble beginnings to study with G. H. Hardy (Jeremy Irons) at Cambridge 100 years ago.  This tale of a beautiful mind and British academic culture will be followed by a discussion with Ken Ono, the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Mathematics at Emory University and Associate Producer and consultant for the film, moderated by MoMath Founder and President Glen Whitney.  See the film trailer here and purchase tickets here.

Math Encounters: “Saving Face: information tricks for life and love” with Tom Verhoeff
Wednesday, May 4, 4:00 pm and 6:30 pm
Every day we are bombarded with more information than we can possibly process.  But how do we define and quantify what “information” is?  How can it be analyzed, altered, or used?  Computer scientist and Yahtzee expert Tom Verhoeff will guide us through vivid demonstrations of three vital processes that modern mathematics allows us to perform on data: compress it, correct it, and safeguard it.  Come see how these principles work and how they can even help us make emotional connections!  Special Introduction by Glenn Lilly, Chief of Mathematics Research at the National Security Agency.  Register at mathencounters.org.

Course Corrections: Is high school math serving society?  Can it?  Does it?  Should it?
Tuesday, May 10, 6:30 pm
The U.S. requires its students to take a full menu of mathematics — one size for all — with no alternatives or exemptions.  Colleges set similar hurdles.  Author and professor of political science and mathematics Andrew Hacker asks one simple question: Why?

James Tanton, mathematics educator, consultant, author, and the Mathematical Association of America's mathematician-at-large, responds with his own question: Are people missing the point of what current high school mathematics is actually about?

Come listen as two of the nation's most prominent voices on math education wrangle over its goals for America's future, in a discussion moderated by John Ewing, President of Math for America. Register for the event at coursecorrections.momath.org.

MathHappening: A Random Walk on Wall Street
Wednesday, May 11, 6:00 pm
Come make history with MoMath as we create the largest-ever Human Normal Curve!  Coin flips, small steps, and a giant group march culminate in a surprising result: a huge human histogram showing the famous "normal curve" of statistics.  Celebrate both a love of mathematics and the way randomness twines itself into our lives as you become part of this record-breaking event.  For more information and to register, visit randomwalk.momath.org.

Family Fridays: "Mosaics and Honeycombs" with Alison Martin
Friday, May 13, 6:30 pm
Craft complex patterns out of paper and math with weaver, Maker, and artist Alison Martin. These 3-D geometric puzzles will twist and draw your brain into the third dimension and put your spatial reasoning skills to the test.  Explore an extraordinary variety of possible combinations, including complex patterns seen in nature, and identify the symmetrical assembly patterns that rhythmically repeat in all three directions, stretching outwards toward infinity. The presentation is free to attendees, as part of Time Warner Cable's Connect a Million Minds Campaign.  Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.

Volumes: the MoMath book club
Thursday, May 19, 6:00 pm
Mark your calendar for Volumes, the MoMath book club, which will meet on Thursday, May 19.  The book selection for May will be announced soon.  Check back at volumes.momath.org.

Unbounded: Live Podcast with "People Doing Math"
Thursday, May 19, 7:30 pm
"People Doing Math" comes to MoMath!  Join the fun as this Brooklyn-based podcast heads to the floor of MoMath to explore a topic near and dear to their hearts:  Beautiful Math!  Become part of the live studio audience as the producers, a team of non-mathematicians including tinkerers, directors, playwrights, and composers, explore equations of aesthetics and ask mathematicians, artists, and the entire audience, to tell them about the math they find beautiful.  Join "People Doing Math" in spreading the word that Math is Awesome!  Learn more at unbounded.momath.org.

Coming this spring… The Insides of Things: the Art of Miguel Berrocal in Composite, the gallery at MoMath
MoMath's newest art exhibit will focus on the work of Spanish sculptor Miguel Berrocal.  What does Berrocal's work have in common with MoMath's Enigma Café?  Visit this intriguing new gallery show to find out as you take in the masterful craftsmanship of Berrocal's art.

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 12th 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 that are differentiated by mathematical experience rather than age. Admission is by application only.  To learn more and apply, visit expansions.momath.org.

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 Composite, the gallery at MoMath, 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; among 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.

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 OppenheimerFunds, Google, Con Edison, and Two Sigma, as well as some generous MoMath friends, support for Title I schools is now available.  To apply for a free trip this year, visit titleone.momath.orgInterested in sponsoring a field trip?  Email donation@momath.org.

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.  Join now, and take advantage of MoMath's low rates.  To learn more about long-term memberships, call (212) 542-0566.

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