[MoMath] 2016 September-October Upcoming Events

Dear MoMath friends,

It's a continuum of mathematical fun!  From the simplicity of basic counting numbers to the complexity of the fourth dimension, from a youth-focused festival to interactive experiences for seniors, and whether enjoying musical works composed by professionals or creating your own mathematical music, there's something for everyone at MoMath this fall.  Meet Will Shortz at the kickoff of MoMath's new senior program, drive your way around a unique mathematical path on the new Twisted Thruway exhibit, explore "the insides of things" through the work of Spanish sculptor Miguel Berrocal, and hear what Nate Silver has to say about the upcoming election while helping sustain the Museum at its annual gala.  Plus, don't miss multiple opportunities this fall to experience MoMath's dynamic and engaging exhibits for free.

 

MoMath at a Glance  
Wed, September 7 Math Encounters: "Single Digits: The Wonders of One to Nine" with Marc Chamberland
Fri, September 9 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: "Number Puzzles" with Dan Zaharopol
Sat & Sun, September 10 & 11 Grandparents' Weekend: Free admission for grandparents and up to two grandchildren
Mon, September 12 Transformations Fall Camp: “Geometric Crafts"
Wed, September 14 Significant Figures, MoMath's program for seniors, begins: engage your mind with the wonders of mathematics and meet Will Shortz
Wed, September 14 Harmonic Series: “Einstein’s Light: Bruce Adolphe’s Music from the Nickolas Barris Film”
Thurs, September 15 Volumes, the MoMath book club: Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth
Thurs, September 15 Twisted Thruway sneak preview for members
Fri, September 16 Twisted Thruway opens
Fri, September 16 Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival at MoMath
Tues, September 20 Free Play: a FREE afternoon at MoMath brought to you by Citadel
Tues, September 20 Expansions, MoMath’s gifted program to engage and challenge NYC’s brightest math students, begins
Wed, September 21 Math 'n' Movement for teachers
Wed, September 21 Fashion, Faith, and Fantasy with Roger Penrose
Wed, September 28 Summations: homeschool exploration day at MoMath
Fri, September 30 Last day to submit your song for Open Set, MoMath's annual mathematical song contest
Wed, October 5 Math Encounters: "3D Shadows: Casting Light on the Fourth Dimension" with Henry Segerman
Fri, October 7 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: "Chameleon Cubes" with Harold Reiter
Thurs, October 13 Volumes, the MoMath book club: Fluke: The Math and Myth of Coincidence
Thurs, October 13 The Insides of Things: The Art of Miguel Berrocal opening in Composite, the gallery at MoMath
Sun, October 23 Stand-Up Mathematics, comedy night at MoMath
Tues, October 25 Race to the Finish: MoMath's annual gala honoring Nate Silver

Be MoMath's 555,555th visitor!
MoMath will soon welcome visitor number 555,555, who will receive a special t-shirt, five special gifts from Additions (the shop at MoMath), and free admission to MoMath for the next five months!  Plus, five visitors who are present on that day will be randomly selected to receive a free MoMath t-shirt, five visitors will receive free admission to MoMath’s upcoming Harmonic Series concert, five visitors will receive complimentary admission to Stand-Up Mathematics (MoMath’s comedy night featuring Matt Parker), and five visitors will receive five complimentary day passes to the Museum.  You have to be present to win, so keep an eye on the attendance tracker on MoMath's homepage (momath.org) and come out for your chance to go home with some great MoMath prizes.

High school students: Intern at MoMath on weekends!



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 2016-2017 high school internships are now available at momath.org/jobs.

Pokémon at MoMath
MoMath is a PokéStop and has a PokéGym!  Come in and catch 'em all with Pokémon Go, then stay and explore MoMath's innovative exhibits.

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

Announcing Unlimited, a new program for middle school students!
MoMath is kicking off an exciting new drop-off program this fall just for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders (no parents allowed!).  Unlimited provides an opportunity for students to make new friends and have an endless amount of mathematical fun, including nights of music, games, and more.  In order to ensure that Unlimited is convenient for interested participants, MoMath would like to hear from you about when this exciting new program should be held.  To lend MoMath your opinion, send an email to functions@momath.org and include your day and time preference out of the following options: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm or from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

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





Fall session starts the week of September 20
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.  Prospective students whose applications are received by September 7 may skip the requirement for a teacher recommendation form and will be eligible for a 30% priority registration discount if enrolled by September 16.  The fall session of Expansions begins on September 20.  Apply now at expansions.momath.org.

Math Encounters: "Single Digits: The Wonders of One to Nine" with Marc Chamberland
Wednesday, September 7, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
While people get excited about numbers like pi and e, the familiar small numbers one to nine hold a magic all their own.  Did you know that if you do eight perfect riffle shuffles on a deck of 52 cards, you always get the original ordering back?  Or that among six people, either three of them must be all friends or three must be all strangers?  And what does the perfect size of paper have to do with the square root of two?  MoMath welcomes mathematician Marc Chamberland, creator of Tipping Point Math, as he helps us make special and surprising connections to each of the single digits one to nine.  Also, enjoy a special introduction by Neil Sloane, creator of the On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences.  Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: "Number Puzzles" with Dan Zaharopol
Friday, September 9, 6:30 pm
A little bit of thinking goes a long way!  Maybe you know Sudoku or KenKen.  They're fun, but once you know how to do them, you just follow the same strategy over and over.  Join MoMath favorite Dan Zaharopol as he returns to guide us through all kinds of new and different puzzles.  But beware: you'll need to be creative and clever to come up with strategies to solve these intriguing challenges.  Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.

Grandparents' Weekend
Saturday and Sunday, September 10 and 11
Admission is free for grandparents and up to two grandchildren to visit the Museum together during grandparents' weekend!  No registration is required, but please note that space may be limited.

Significant Figures preview: Experience a special educator-led session designed for grandparents to enjoy together with their grandchildren at 11:30 am or 2:00 pm.  Advance registration is required for these programs, and there is an $8/person fee.  Space is limited!  Registrants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  Learn more and register at grandparents.momath.org.

Transformations Fall Camp
Monday, September 12, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm “Geometric Crafts"

Fourth through eighth graders, sign up now for the first of MoMath's Transformations fall camps, where you will enjoy hands-on fun in mathematics.  Kick off your back-to-school with “Geometric Crafts” on Monday, September 12th, and take advantage of the 30% early bird discount.  Register at camps.momath.org.

Significant Figures
Wednesdays, beginning September 14, 3:45 pm
Special guest on September 14: Will Shortz, NY Times crossword puzzle editor
Significant Figures is a series of twelve educator-led workshops offered to seniors.  Workshops are held weekly from 3:45 to 4:45 pm from September 14 through December 21.  On the first Wednesday of each month, full-session registrants are invited to enjoy reserved priority seating for Math Encounters with a special opportunity to meet the presenter right before the program begins.  Sign up now for individual workshops or for the full or half series and receive a discount.  And if you sign up now for the debut event, you'll have an opportunity to meet Will Shortz, NY Times crossword puzzle editor!  Learn more and register at significantfigures.momath.org.

Harmonic Series: Einstein’s Light: Bruce Adolphe’s Music from the Nickolas Barris Film”
Wednesday, September 14, 7:00 pm in Engelman Recital Hall at the Baruch Performing Arts Center
Albert Einstein said, “If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician.  I often think in music.  I live my daydreams in music.  I see my life in terms of music.”  Einstein played violin all his life and was particularly devoted to the music of Mozart and Bach.  In this multi-media presentation, violinist Mark Steinberg of the Brentano String Quartet and pianist Marija Stroke perform Bruce Adolphe’s score for the film Einstein’s Light, with stunning visualizations by Nickolas Barris projected on screen.  Learn more and register at harmonic.momath.org.

Volumes, the MoMath book club: Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth
Thursday, September 15, 6:00 pm
Join MoMath for coffee, cookies, and a discussion of Logicomix: An epic search for truth by Apostles Doxiadis and Christos Papadimitriou.  This exceptional graphic novel recounts the spiritual odyssey of philosopher Bertrand Russell.  In his agonized search for absolute truth, Russell crosses paths with legendary thinkers like Gottlob Frege, David Hilbert, and Kurt Gödel and finds a passionate student in the great Ludwig Wittgenstein.  But his most ambitious goal — to establish unshakable logical foundations of mathematics — continues to loom before him.  Through love and hate, peace and war, Russell persists in the dogged mission that threatens to claim both his career and his personal happiness, finally driving him to the brink of insanity.  Learn more and register at volumes.momath.org.

Twisted Thruway member preview and grand opening
Thursday and Friday, September 15 and 16
On Friday, September 16, the Museum’s newest exhibit, Twisted Thruway, will open to the public.  Get behind the wheel while exploring two unique tracks: the surface of a Möbius strip and the surface created by a trefoil knot.  Enjoy a “driver’s eye” view as the cars wind their way around these unusual mathematical paths.  Members, avoid long lines and enjoy a special sneak preview on Thursday, September 15, at 6:30 pm, before the exhibit opens to the public the next day.  Members can register at thruway.momath.org.

Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival at MoMath
Friday, September 16, 6:00 pm
The Julia Robinson Mathematics Festivals allow young people to develop their talent for mathematics by providing problems, puzzles, and activities that are intriguing and accessible.  The focus is on creating a collaborative, non-competitive atmosphere to explore the joys and power of mathematics.  This mathematics festival is most appropriate for middle school students, but high school students will also find some challenging problems to explore.  You can find out more about the Julia Robinson Festivals and register at juliarobinson.momath.org.

Free Play: a FREE afternoon at MoMath brought to you by Citadel

Tuesday, September 20, 2:00 pm to 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.

Math 'n' Movement
Wednesday, September 21, 3:30 pm
Teachers, learn how to combine physical activities with mathematics!  Join educator Rachel McCann as she shares her unique approach to combining mathematics and numeracy with fundamental movement skills, cooperation, and game play.  Learn more and register at movement.momath.org.

Fashion, Faith, and Fantasy with Roger Penrose
Wednesday, September 21, 6:00 pm
What can fashionable ideas, blind faith, or pure fantasy possibly have to do with the scientific quest to understand the universe?  Surely, theoretical physicists are immune to mere trends, dogmatic beliefs, or flights of fancy?  In fact, acclaimed physicist and bestselling author Roger Penrose argues that researchers working at the extreme frontiers of physics are just as susceptible to these forces as anyone else.  In his provocative new book, he argues that fashion, faith, and fantasy, while sometimes productive and even essential in physics, may be leading today's researchers astray in three of the field's most important areas — string theory, quantum mechanics, and cosmology.  Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from Roger Penrose, creator of MoMath’s popular aperiodic (non-repeating) Penrose tiles, then join him at a free reception following the talk.  Learn more and register at penrose.momath.org.

Summations: homeschool exploration day at MoMath
Wednesday, September 28, 2:00 pm
MoMath invites you to its first session of Summations, a program for homeschool students of all ages, on Wednesday, September 28, from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  Experience the excitement of a MoMath field trip with your friends and other homeschool families.  Take time to peruse MoMath's exciting, interactive exhibits, and participate in one of MoMath's unique, hands-on educator sessions.  Find out more and register for this exciting new program at summations.momath.org.

Last day to submit your song for Open Set, MoMath's annual mathematical song contest
Friday, September 30
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.  Submissions will be accepted through September 30.  Submit your song at openset.momath.org.

Math Encounters: "3D Shadows: Casting Light on the Fourth Dimension" with Henry Segerman
Wednesday, October 5, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Living in a three-dimensional environment, we’re all very good at visualizing two- and three-dimensional objects.  But how can we understand four-dimensional objects?  Join mathematician Henry Segerman as he casts light on the fourth dimension, using 3D-printed shadows to squish four-dimensional shapes into our three-dimensional world.  Along the way, explore fantastical sculptures, intriguing puzzles, and virtual reality experiences that come from thinking about these extra-dimensional shadows.  Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: "Chameleon Cubes" with Harold Reiter
Friday, October 7, 6:30 pm
Let's get creative with cubes!  Use three colors to decorate the faces of 27 small cubes, then put them together to form a 3 x 3 x 3 cube.  But wait, there's a catch: can you color the little cubes so that the large cube looks like it's all one color?  Can you change it to a different color?  How about the third color?  Join mathematician Harold Reiter as he takes us on a colorful journey into the combinatorial properties of cubes.  Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.

Volumes, the MoMath book club: Fluke: The Math and Myth of Coincidences
Thursday, October 13, 6:00 pm
Fluke, this month’s selection for Volumes, the MoMath book club, is not a fluke.  It is an entertaining guide to the most surprising moments in our lives.  Join us and special Volumes guest, Fluke’s author Joseph Mazur, to talk about chance and coincidence in a casual setting with coffee and cookies.  Fluke will surprise you!  You will learn, for instance that DNA matching is not always clear evidence of guilt in court; and that meeting an acquaintance on your only trip to Disneyland may not be as unlikely as you thought.  You won’t want to miss this edition of Volumes!  Learn more and register at volumes.momath.org.

The Insides of Things: The Art of Miguel Berrocal opening in Composite, the gallery at MoMath
Thursday, October 13, 6:30 pm
Join MoMath for the opening of The Insides of Things: The Art of Miguel Berrocal.  Featuring the work of Spanish sculptor Miguel Berrocal, MoMath's newest art exhibit will showcase the masterful craftsmanship of Berrocal’s art.  Try your hand at assembling and disassembling a giant replica of one of Berrocal’s stunning works and see why this piece has something in common with MoMath's Enigma Café.  Don’t miss this intriguing new show in Composite, the gallery at MoMath: register now to attend the opening reception.  Admission is free, but registration is required.  To register, visit berrocal.momath.org.

The National Museum of Mathematics wishes to thank the late Samuel Sensiper for his donation of the Berrocal collection as well as Michele and Stan Rosen for supporting the opening reception in his memory.

Stand-Up Mathematics, comedy night at MoMath
Sunday, October 23, 6:30 pm
Join Matt Parker, stand-up comedian, author, and mathematician as he returns to MoMath to delight us with his unique brand of mathematical humor.  Matt appears regularly on TV and online, he's a presenter on the Discovery Channel, and his YouTube videos have been viewed over 25 million times.  Matt will be combining his joint loves of math and comedy as he shares some of the most interesting and entertaining bits of mathematics he's come across this year.  Learn more and register at standup.momath.org.

Race to the Finish: MoMath's annual gala honoring Nate Silver
Tuesday, October 25, 6:00 pm
Come out to support the nation's only Museum of Math and hear what Nate Silver, editor-in-chief of ESPN's FiveThirtyEight blog and a Special Correspondent for ABC News, has to say, just two weeks before the election.  Don’t miss your chance to enjoy good company, great food, some MoMath-style election-themed fun, plus another entertaining performance by Pete Muller.  Tickets on sale now: gala.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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