2016-10-October-November

[MoMath] 2016 Oct-Nov Upcoming Events

Dear MoMath friends,

Magic is in the air at MoMath!  Mathematical mysteries, journeys into virtual reality, and sculptures that fall away into intricate puzzles will enchant and amaze you.  Plus, test your spatial skills with the new Super Cube Shuffle, puzzle your way through MoMath’s annual Dimensions puzzle hunt, dive into some great reads at MoMath’s Volumes book club, and share an evening of fun and laughter with YouTube phenom Matt Parker.  Fill your fall with MoMath!

 

MoMath at a Glance  
Tuesdays & Thursdays Expansions, the K-12 gifted program at MoMath
Wednesdays Significant Figures workshop series for seniors
Thurs, September 29 Member preview of Super Cube Shuffle
Fri, September 30 New temporary exhibit! Super Cube Shuffle opens
Sat, October 1 Bedtime Math at MoMath
Sat, October 1 Cards, Calculations, and Combinatorics: the mathematical magic of Art Benjamin
Mon & Tue, October 3 & 4 Transformations fall camp: “Playing Smart"
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
Mon & Wed, October 10 & 12 Transformations fall camp: “Puzzle Me That"
Thurs, October 13 dodecaRT at Google Geek Street Fair
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
Wed, November 2 Math Encounters: "Super Math Adventureland: An Interactive Journey Through the Many Worlds of Geometry" with Andreas Daniel Matt
Fri, November 4 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: "Game On!" with Steven Clontz
Sat, November 5 2016 Dimensions puzzle hunt: "Enigmas of the Exhibits"
Tues, November 8 "Spin, Fold, Repeat" professional development day at MoMath
Thurs, November 10 MoMath After Hours young professionals networking event
Thurs, November 17 Volumes, the MoMath book club: The Mathematician’s Shiva: A Novel
Thurs, November 24 MoMath closed for Thanksgiving Day: Happy holiday!

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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.

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MoMath on the Make
Coming soon: the return of Math Mondays!

Announcing Unlimited, a new program for middle school students
MoMath is launching 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 from among 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.

Significant Figures
Significant Figures is a series of twelve educator-led workshops offered to seniors.  Workshops are held Wednesdays from 3:45 to 4:45 pm from now through December.  As an added bonus, 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.  Learn more and register at significantfigures.momath.org.

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





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.  Apply now at expansions.momath.org.


New temporary exhibit! Super Cube Shuffle opens
Member preview: Thursday, September 29, 5:00 pm
Opening to the public: Friday, September 30, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Don’t miss the fast-paced excitement of Super Cube Shuffle, opening at MoMath on September 30 courtesy of our friends at Bedtime Math.  Recreate amazing patterns from simple red and white triangles, but you’ll have to be quick…the spinning tower only allows your design to swing into view once every few seconds.  Test your memory and your spatial reasoning skills as you race to be the first to complete your geometric pattern.  Super Cube Shuffle will only be at MoMath for a limited time, so don’t miss out.  The exhibit opens to the public on September 30, but members can enjoy a special sneak preview on September 29 at 5 pm.  Register now for the member preview at supercube.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.

Bedtime Math at MoMath
Saturday, October 1, 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Don’t miss a special introduction to the exciting new Super Cube Shuffle exhibit by Bedtime Math founder Laura Overdeck.  Laura will also be on hand to sign copies of her popular books, available for purchase at Additions, the shop at MoMath.  There is no charge for this event, but you must register to attend.  Learn more and register at bedtimemath.momath.org.

Cards, Calculations, and Combinatorics: the mathematical magic of Art Benjamin
Saturday, October 1, 6:30 pm
Dr. Arthur Benjamin returns to MoMath with an all-new demonstration of mathematical magic.  Learn the underlying mathematical secrets behind some neat magic tricks and see how calculations and combinatorics can be used to create powerful and enchanting illusions.  Don't miss your chance to experience the math of magic and the magic of math!  Learn more and register at mathmagic.momath.org.

Transformations fall camp: "Playing Smart"
Monday & Tuesday, October 3 & 4, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Fourth through eighth graders, take a fun approach to problem-solving as you explore mathematics through the lens of play.  MoMath's Transformations fall camps are a great way to spend school holidays and enjoy hands-on fun in mathematics.  Register at camps.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.  Special introduction by Patrick Honner, recipient of the 2013 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.  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 3x3x3 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.

Transformations fall camp: "Puzzle Me That"
Monday & Wednesday, October 10 & 12, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Fourth through eighth graders, solve, create, and enjoy a wide variety of physical puzzles, logic puzzles, and mazes using mathematical problem solving techniques.  MoMath's Transformations fall camps are a great way to spend school holidays and enjoy hands-on fun in mathematics.  Register at camps.momath.org.

dodecaRT at Google Geek Street Fair
Thursday, October 13, 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Note this event takes place in Union Square Park.
Join MoMath as we build dodecaRT!  Using colorful pentagons, we will first create a series of 12-sided figures called dodecahedra, then we’ll assemble those dodecahedra into rhombuses, and finally, we will come together for a "barn-raising" of the final construction.  Experience a sense of geometric wonder at the intricacy and complexity achieved by repeated use of simple geometric shapes.  The New York City Geek Street Fair hosted by Google is an interactive event to inspire kids to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and computer science.  This event is free and open to the public.

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 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 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.

Math Encounters: "Super Math Adventureland: An Interactive Journey Through the Many Worlds of Geometry" with Andreas Daniel Matt
Wednesday, November 2, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Explore alien algebraic surfaces, four-dimensional polyhedra, and fractal and differential geometry as mathematician and award-winning math communicator Andreas Daniel Matt leads us on an adventurous and interactive video-game-style journey.  A host of embedded mathematical experiments await, including bonus and secret levels, boss fights, short cuts, and power ups!  Watch for open questions in current mathematical research to appear as you experience this multi-player game featuring the very latest in mathematical visualizations and graphics.  Special introduction by private astronaut Richard Garriott de Cayeux, creator of the Ultima video games.  Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: "Game On!" with Steven Clontz
Friday, November 4, 6:30 pm
Do you enjoy winning at games?  Learn unbeatable strategies and discover the beauty of combinatorial game theory as you join mathematics professor and game designer Steven Clontz for a night of family fun.  Challenge family members and friends with mathematical games such as MoMath's Finding Fifteen exhibit, and see how clever counting and logic can help you play strategically in many different types of games.  Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.

2016 Dimensions puzzle hunt: "Enigmas of the Exhibits"
Saturday, November 5, 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Puzzle lovers, sign up now for MoMath's annual puzzle hunt where players must unlock the secrets of the Museum before time runs out.  Each year, MoMath's popular math-centric puzzle hunt draws teams from around the country for an unforgettable experience.  Learn more and register teams of three to six players at puzzlehunt.momath.org.

“Spin, Fold, Repeat” professional development day at MoMath
Tuesday, November 8, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Educators, get ready to switch gears and explore the mathematics lurking between the folds!  Put your pattern recognition skills to the test and chase your conjectures in two back-to-back sessions for one full day of professional development.  Learn more and register at pd.momath.org.

MoMath After Hours, a young professionals networking event
Thursday, November 10, 6:00 pm
For one night only, New York's Silicon Alley will converge upon MoMath for an unforgettable function of exponential fun.  Join young professionals in the tech industry as you network with others, explore MoMath's dynamic exhibits, indulge from the open bar, and dance the night away to a live DJ.  This event is brought to you by MoMath's young professionals committee, the Prime Exponents, with thanks to beer sponsor MillerCoors.  To register, visit afterhours.momath.org.

Volumes, the MoMath book club: The Mathematician’s Shiva: A Novel by Stuart Rojstaczer
Thursday, November 17, 6:00 pm
When the greatest female mathematician in history passes away, her son, Alexander “Sasha” Karnokovitch, just wants to mourn his mother in peace.  But rumor has it that the notoriously eccentric Polish émigré has solved one of the most difficult problems in mathematics, the Navier-Stokes Millennium Prize Problem, and may have taken the solution to her grave.  A motley group of mathematicians from around the world descend upon Rachel’s shiva, determined to find the proof or solve it for themselves.

Join us for a discussion of this multilayered (debut) novel full of colorful characters; it's an exploration of humanity’s drive not just to survive, but to solve the impossible. Refreshments will be served.  Learn more and register at volumes.momath.org.

Four Years for MoMath Photo Contest
MoMath will be celebrating its fourth anniversary this December by creating a photo gallery of memories.  Do you have a fun image from your visit to MoMath?  Share your photos and a short comment with MoMath by emailing fouryears@momath.org, with subject line "Anniversary Photos.” You can also tag us on Instagram (#MoMath1), Twitter (@MoMath1) or Facebook (National Museum of Mathematics) with #4YearsOfMoMath.  Photos must be submitted via email to be considered for the contest.  Selected submissions will be posted in a new photo gallery in time for MoMath's fourth birthday on December 12th.

Seeing Math Photo Contest
Do you like to take photos?  Do you see math in the world around you?  If you answered “yes” to both questions, now is your opportunity to contribute a favorite mathematical photo to MoMath’s Seeing Math contest.  Winning photos will be displayed on the large screen in the Museum as part of this visual tour of the mathematical world around us.  Visit seeingmath.momath.org for details.


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