2016-07-July-August

[MoMath] 2016 July-August Upcoming Events

Dear MoMath friends, 

MoMath brings an international flavor to its math programming this summer: hear the fabled story of the Indian amateur who turned the mathematical world upside down, meet UK mathematician and The Mathematics of Love author Hannah Fry, watch the newest movie by Russian film director Ekaterina Eremenko, and play with puzzles alongside International Math Olympiad award-winning coach Po-Shen Loh.  Or try more close-to-home adventures as you wander through the inside-out world of flexagons, visit the first-ever Math Metropolis, and enter the world of geometric space exploration.  Don’t miss out on the many wonders of math, only at MoMath.

 

MoMath at a Glance  
Wed, July 6 Math Encounters: "Enigmatic Figures: The Ramanujan Legacy" featuring Ken Ono with special introduction by Devika Bhise, lead actress from the new movie The Man Who Knew Infinity
Fri, July 8 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: "Playful Geometry" with Ann Schwartz
Mon, July 11 MoMath's Chief of Math joins People Doing Math for a live podcast at the Sheen Center
July 11 to September 2 Transformations summer camp at MoMath — sign up now!
Tue, July 26 Math Metropolis, a festival of math fun on the plaza at 28 Liberty
Thu, July 28 Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for Tweens and Teens: The Number Devil, A Mathematical Adventure, with pizza and ice cream party!
Wed, August 3 Math Encounters: "Open Book: How Patterns Make Us Surprisingly Predictable" with Hannah Fry
Fri, August 5 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: "Wood, Magnets, Playdough, and Space" with Jane Kostick and Sharon Kulik
Thu, August 11 The Discrete Charm of Geometry free film screening with director Ekaterina Eremenko
Tue, August 23 Puzzle Party with Po-Shen Loh
Thu, August 25 Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for Tweens and Teens: Stay tuned; the August Tween Primes book will be announced in July
Coming soon The Insides of Things: The Art of Miguel Berrocal in Composite, the gallery at MoMath

Additions, the shop at MoMath, will be closed on July 1.

Beautiful Math!
See what some prominent mathematicians find beautiful about mathematics at beautiful.momath.org.

Open Set — MoMath's Song Contest
Make math your muse!  MoMath is now accepting submissions for its annual mathematical song competition, Open Set.  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 announced and will have a chance to perform their winning songs at an open mic night at MoMath on Thursday, October 27.  Submissions will be accepted through September 30.  Submit your song at openset.momath.org

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.

Special Summer Happenings at MoMath

Summer group registration
MoMath has exciting opportunities for camps and other groups and organizations to explore the Museum on self-guided tours as well as programs that include educator-led sessions.  Register for a group visit at summergroup.momath.org.

Register now for Transformations summer camp at MoMath
July 11 through September 2, 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 the nation's only museum of math.  Learn more and register at summercamp.momath.org.

Math Encounters: "Enigmatic Figures: The Ramanujan Legacy" featuring Ken Ono
Wednesday, July 6, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Srinivasa Ramanujan is one of the most enigmatic figures in the history of mathematics.  A self-trained amateur mathematician, his ideas befuddled the accumulated wisdom of mathematicians in the early 20th century.  Join award-winning Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science Ken Ono as he demonstrates how Ramanujan’s legacy continues to play a central role in the development of many of the deepest subjects in arithmetic geometry and number theory.  Special introduction by Devika Bhise, lead actress from the recent movie The Man Who Knew Infinity.  Find out more and register at mathencounters.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: "Playful Geometry" with Ann Schwartz
Friday, July 8, 6:30 pm
Flexagons are fascinating — and challenging! — geometric puzzles.  Anyone who can fold a piece of paper can transform these paper strips into hexagons and squares.  But can you flex them to reveal the colors hidden in the folds?  Flexagon expert Ann Schwartz will share the surprising geometry that allows multiple faces to appear and disappear like magic.  Decorate your own to make a puzzle that’s uniquely yours, take home one of Ann’s newest models, and turn your night inside out with these intriguing paper constructions.  Please note: “Playful Geometry" is most appropriate for children ages 8 and older.  Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.

People Doing Math live podcast
Monday, July 11, 7:30 pm
Check out the People Doing Math podcast from May’s Unbounded event at peoplepodcast.momath.org.  And don’t miss the next live podcast on July 11 at the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture where People Doing Math will be joined once again by MoMath’s own Chief of Mathematics, Nick Rauh.  Purchase tickets here, and use code MOMATH to save $4.

Math Metropolisa festival of math fun on the plaza at 28 Liberty
Tuesday, July 26, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Add a little math to your summer!  Experience Math Midway 2 Go, a suite of six hands-on exhibits highlighting the wonder of mathematics, brought to you by the National Museum of Mathematics and Fosun / 28 Liberty.  Slice shapes with lasers to discover surprising cross sections with the Ring of Fire, challenge your friends to find the fastest curve on the Roller Graphicoaster, and crank up the math tunes using the Organ Function Grinder.  Explore these exhibits and more on July 26 on the plaza at 28 Liberty from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

  • Work in the area?  Come by for a taste of math with your lunch!
  • Parents, bring the kids and reconnect with the fun side of math this summer.
  • Teachers, preview the popular MM2GO exhibition — it can visit your school!  MoMath is offering FREE visits for Title I schools during the upcoming school year.  Join us in the plaza for more information and to register for your free trip: first come, first served.

Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for Tweens and Teens: The Number Devil, A Mathematical Adventure
Thursday, July 28, 4:00 pm
Like to read?  Like math or wish you did?  Come to Tween Primes, the new MoMath book club for Tweens and Teens (ages 10-15).  Meet and talk about The Number Devil by Hans Magnus Enzensberger, a fun book about Robert, who hates math and has bad dreams where he visits a bizarre magical land of number tricks with the number devil as his host.  After the discussion, stick around to celebrate the joy of math and reading with a pizza and ice cream party.  For more information and to register, visit tweenprimes.momath.org.

Math Encounters: "Open Book: How Patterns Make Us Surprisingly Predictable" with Hannah Fry
Wednesday, August 3, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
MoMath is delighted to announce that Hannah Fry, rapidly becoming one of the UK's best-known mathematicians, will be presenting "Open Book: How Patterns Make Us Surprisingly Predictable" at Math Encounters.  We all like to think of ourselves as strong, independent, and single-minded individuals.  But despite our illusion of free will, and despite the seemingly random sets of circumstances that bring about our decisions, our behavior as humans is surprisingly easy to predict.  The more we use technology, the more we leave behind a footprint of our actions in almost everything that we do.  Mathematician Hannah Fry reveals the surprisingly simple mathematical patterns that unite us all as she demonstrates how the capture of data tracing human behavior has the potential to shape the way we view the world around us.  Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.  And read more about Hannah in this article from The Guardian.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: "Wood, Magnets, Playdough, and Space" with Jane Kostick and Sharon Kulik
Friday, August 5, 6:30 pm
Can you pack 2D shapes together so that there are no gaps or overlaps?  Can you do it in three dimensions too?  Join designer/woodworker Jane Kostick and early childhood educator Sharon Kulik for an evening of hands-on exploration of repeating patterns, negative space, and one of their favorite 3-dimensional shapes, the rhombic dodecahedron.  Get to know this intriguing shape via playdough, puzzles, and play — filling space has never been this much fun!  Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.

The Discrete Charm of Geometry film screening with director Ekaterina Eremenko
Thursday, August 11, 6:30 pm
Don’t miss Ekaterina Eremenko’s latest film, giving us an inside view of the world of mathematicians and the challenges and beauty of mathematical discovery.  The movie explores the question of where the boundaries lie between mathematics and the lives of those who are involved in it and how much they are willing to sacrifice in the search for precise scientific answers.  Director Ekaterina Eremenko and mathematician Yuri Tschinkel, executive producer of Ermenko’s earlier film Colors of Math, will be on hand after the movie to join the discussion.  Learn more and register at discretecharm.momath.org.

Puzzle Party with Po-Shen Loh
Tuesday, August 23, 6:00 pm
Watch for more information on the MoMath website for registration details, coming soon at momath.org/upcoming-events.

Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for Tweens and Teens
Thursday, August 25, 4:00 pm
The book selection for the August Tween Primes book club will be announced in July.  Keep an eye on tweenprimes.momath.org for updates.

Coming soon… 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




 will continue after the summer.
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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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 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 in the 2016-2017 school year, visit titleone.momath.orgInterested in sponsoring a field trip?  Email donation@momath.org.

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