[MoMath] 2016 December-January Upcoming Events

Dear MoMath friends,

In this season of giving thanks, the National Museum of Mathematics wishes to thank YOU, its patrons and supporters, for your ongoing enthusiasm for mathematics.  And as the weather turns cold, snuggle up with a book in preparation for Volumes, the only math-themed book club in the city, warm yourself in the company of others on a new MoMath Derivatives tour, and share hot chocolate with old and new friends on the Flatiron Plaza as we celebrate the winter solstice together.

 

MoMath at a Glance  
Tuesdays & Thursdays Expansions, the K-12 gifted program at MoMath (Apply and register now for winter 2017.)
Wednesdays Significant Figures adult education program
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays MoMath's Derivatives tour program
Thurs, November 24 MoMath closed for Thanksgiving Day: Happy holiday!
Fri, December 2 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: "How Math Can Save Your Life" with Susan Marie Frontczak
Sun, December 4 Unlimited, MoMath’s new mix-n-mingle program just for middle school students
Wed, December 7 Math Encounters: "How to Bake Pi: Making Abstract Mathematics Palatable" with Eugenia Cheng
Fri, December 9 Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: Ruby Redfort Look Into My Eyes by Lauren Child
Wed, December 14 Summations: homeschool exploration days at MoMath
Thurs, December 15 Volumes, the MoMath book club: Finding Zero by Amir Aczel
Wed, December 21 MathHappening: Puzzle on the Plaza
Wed, January 4 Math Encounters: "Immersion in Mathematics: Using Digital Art to Make Surprising Connections" with Judy Holdener
Thurs, January 19 Volumes, the MoMath book club: A Doubter’s Almanac by Ethan Canin
Fri, January 20 Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Fri, January 27 Family Fridays at MoMath: "Instant Insanity" with Nick Rauh

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New at MoMath!
Don’t miss your chance to take a spin on a trefoil knot or drive along the single surface of a Möbius strip with MoMath’s newest exhibit, Twisted Thruway!  Then, celebrate the work of renowned Spanish sculptor Miguel Berrocal as you try your hand at solving a replica of one of his stunning and intricate puzzle sculptures in the gallery show The Insides of Things.  And watch for the opening of yet another new exhibit, Mind over Measure, coming this winter!

Book your holiday party at MoMath! Email events@momath.org.

MoMath MastersRegistration is now open!
Tuesday, February 28, 6:00 pm at Tribeca Rooftop
Join MoMath for the 2017 MoMath Masters, the exciting annual competition and charitable fundraiser!  Put your thinking caps on for this fun-filled night, from the entertaining cocktail round right through to the challenging and suspenseful finals.  Space is limited, so reserve your seats now at masters.momath.org.

MoMath's Top Picks for the Holidays
Enjoy Black Friday without ever leaving the comfort of home!  Visit toppicks.momath.org to find unique gifts for the puzzle, game, and math lovers in your life.

Donate to MoMath on Giving Tuesday
This holiday season, please consider making a tax-deductible, charitable contribution to the National Museum of Mathematics, a unique and innovative institution that celebrates the wonder and beauty of mathematics.  Visit momath.org/contribute to donate.

Significant Figures
Significant Figures is a series of educator-led workshops offered to seniors.  Workshops will be held from 3:45 to 4:45 pm on the following Wednesdays: November 30, December 14, and December 21.  Learn more and register at significantfigures.momath.org.

MoMath in the Media
Don’t miss MoMath in the media each week: Varsity Math, MoMath’s weekly puzzle column, appears in the Wall Street Journal each Saturday (varsity.momath.org) while Math Mondays, a weekly column discussing fun, experiential, and puzzling topics in mathematics, runs each Monday in collaboration with Make: Online (momath.org/mathmonday).

MoMath's Derivatives tour program
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays
Announcing the newest way to enjoy MoMath: the MoMath Derivatives tour program!  Enjoy a new perspective on MoMath in a small group setting as you wander the Museum with an expert tour guide leading the way.  Choose from one of two new tours starting next month.  Space is limited, so register early at derivatives.momath.org.

Colorful Characters
What kinds of people do mathematics?  Learn about some of the interesting folks who have shaped the way mathematicians and the public think about mathematics, the work they did, and how their stories tie in with MoMath's exhibits.

Hidden Math
Think you’ve seen all of MoMath?  Think again!  This tour tracks the many mathematical "easter eggs" (hidden secrets) scattered throughout the Museum.


Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: "How Math Can Save Your Life" with Susan Marie Frontczak
Friday, December 2, 6:30 pm
Adeptly wielding several basic math concepts spells the difference between triumph and disaster in this folktale romp though concepts such as abstraction, counting by intervals, multiplication and division, estimation, and exponential growth.  You help solve the problems along the way!  Storysmith® Susan Marie Frontczak has entertained audiences across 39 of the United States and abroad for over twenty years.  Her motto is, “Give me a place to stand, and I will take you somewhere else.”  Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.

UnlimitedMoMath’s new mix-n-mingle program just for middle school students
Sunday, December 4, 6:30 pm
Do you love games and logic puzzles?  Does your Rubik’s Cube never leave your side?  Have you tried memorizing all 25 prime numbers up to 100?  If you’re excited by the idea of a math-filled, parent-free night where you can hang out with old and new friends, enjoy cookies and hot chocolate, and move to the tunes of DJ Emille, then don’t miss this exciting new program just for 6th through 8th graders.  The best part?  No parents allowed!  Learn more and register at unlimited.momath.org.

Parents:  MoMath has something special in store for you, too.  Take your registration confirmation to Ilili and receive a 15% discount, or pick up a free side dish at Hill Country Barbecue, while your child enjoys Unlimited fun at MoMath.

Math Encounters: "How to Bake Pi: Making Abstract Mathematics Palatable" with Eugenia Cheng
Wednesday, December 7, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Mathematics can be tasty!  It's a way of thinking, and not just about numbers.  Through unexpectedly connected examples from music, juggling, and baking, Eugenia Cheng, Scientist in Residence from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, combines hands-on activities, humorous anecdotes, and everyday life with a dash of surprisingly high-level mathematics and a distinct emphasis on edible examples.  Special introduction by Bedtime Math founder and author Laura Overdeck.  Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.

Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: Ruby Redfort Look Into My Eyes by Lauren Child
Friday, December 9, 4:30 pm
Tween Primes returns with Ruby Redfort Look Into My Eyes.  Thirteen-year old Ruby Redfort is a genius code-breaker with Sherlock Holmes-like observational skills.  She’s a prodigy: brilliant, tenacious, and observant.  Ruby and her best friend, Clancy Crew, dash about following hunches; they're drawn into a whirl of comedy and menace, espionage and cryptograms, and naive townspeople and baleful baddies.  The story moves with a swift pace, clever dialogue, and many codes and puzzles scattered throughout.  Start reading now so that you can join the fun on December 9 at 4:30 pm, with pizza and ice cream to follow.  Learn more and register at tweenprimes.momath.org.

Love the Tween Primes book selections?  Or just looking for a one-of-a-kind gift for the reader in your life?  Visit toppicks.momath.org for a discount on the next six months of good reads!

Summations: homeschool exploration days at MoMath
Wednesday, December 14, 2:00 pm
Homeschool students, now you too can experience the excitement of a MoMath field trip!  Attend the Summations program and spend the afternoon perusing MoMath’s engaging interactive exhibits along with other homeschool families.  Registration includes admission to an exploratory, hands-on classroom experience led by one of MoMath's specially-trained educators, with workshops available for all grades.  Learn more and register at summations.momath.org.

Volumes, the MoMath book club: Finding Zero by Amir Aczel
Thursday, December 15, 6:00 pm
Come to Volumes on December 15 as we join Amir Aczel in an adventure-filled saga to find the original source of our numerals.  In Finding Zero, we follow Aczel’s quest doggedly crisscrossing the ancient world, scouring dusty, moldy texts, cross-examining so-called scholars who offer wildly differing sets of facts, and ultimately penetrating deep into a Cambodian jungle.  While on this odyssey, Aczel meets a host of fascinating characters: academics in search of truth, jungle trekkers looking for adventure, surprisingly honest politicians, shameless smugglers, and treacherous archaeological thieves―who finally reveal where our numbers come from.  Along the way, we enrich our knowledge and experience of math, philosophy, religion, and the human condition.  Learn more and register at volumes.momath.org.

Love the Volumes book selections?  Or just looking for a one-of-a-kind gift for the reader in your life?  Visit toppicks.momath.org for a discount on the next six months of good reads!

MathHappening: Puzzle on the Plaza
Wednesday, December 21, 6:00 pm at the Flatiron Plaza
Join MoMath and the Flatiron Partnership as we celebrate the winter solstice with a giant mathematical puzzle!  Be one of the first 300 people onsite and you’ll get to help construct an oversized mathematical tiling with a secret message hidden within.  Then join us for hot chocolate on the plaza as we celebrate the winter solstice and reveal the hidden message.  Learn more and register at solstice2016.momath.org.

Math Encounters: "Immersion in Mathematics: Using Digital Art to Make Surprising Connections" with Judy Holdener
Wednesday, January 4, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
The relationship between mathematics and art has a long and rich history.  Artists past and present have used mathematics in significant ways to carry out their artistic vision, and mathematicians have used formulas, algorithms, and computers to produce art.  Join Judy Holdener, Professor of Mathematics at Kenyon College, as she reveals the meaning of the mathematical patterns (and some surprising mathematical connections) reflected in her award-winning artwork “Immersion.”  Special introduction by Mark Rosenthal, CEO of Katz Media Group.  Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.

Volumes, the MoMath book club: A Doubter’s Almanac by Ethan Canin
Thursday, January 19, 6:00 pm
Come to Volumes on January 19 to discuss Ethan Canin's A Doubter's Almanac.  Milo Andret is born with an unusual mind.  A lonely child growing up in the woods of northern Michigan in the 1950s, he gives little thought to his own talent.  But with his acceptance at U.C. Berkeley he realizes the extent, and the risks, of his singular gifts.  California in the '70s is a seduction, opening Milo’s eyes to the allure of both ambition and indulgence.  The research he begins there will make him a legend; the woman he meets there—and the rival he meets alongside her—will haunt him for the rest of his life, for Milo’s brilliance is entwined with a dark need that soon grows to threaten his work, his family, even his existence.  Learn more and register at volumes.momath.org.

Love the Volumes book selections?  Or just looking for a one-of-a-kind gift for the reader in your life?  Visit toppicks.momath.org for a discount on the next six months of good reads!

Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Friday, January 20, 4:30 pm
MoMath brings its popular Volumes book club back once again for its younger audience.  For Milo, everything’s a bore.  When a tollbooth mysteriously appears in his room, he drives through only because he’s got nothing better to do.  But on the other side, things seem different.  Milo visits the Island of Conclusions (you get there by jumping), learns about time from a ticking watchdog named Tock, and even embarks on a quest to rescue Rhyme and Reason!  Somewhere along the way, Milo realizes something astonishing.  Life is far from dull.  In fact, it’s exciting beyond his wildest dreams…  Pizza, ice cream, and good math reads: what better way to spend an evening?  Learn more and register at tweenprimes.momath.org.

Love the Tween Primes book selections?  Or just looking for a one-of-a-kind gift for the reader in your life?  Visit toppicks.momath.org for a discount on the next six months of good reads!

Family Fridays at MoMath: "Instant Insanity" with Nick Rauh
Friday, January 27, 6:30 pm
How many ways are there to solve a puzzle?  What makes a puzzle easy or hard?  What techniques can we use to solve a puzzle?  Learn how mathematics can be used to quickly solve a classic puzzle in which there is only one solution among 41,472 possible arrangements!  Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.

Four Years of 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.


Beautiful Math!
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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 40 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.

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.

School and group visits
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.

Join the MoMath community

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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.

We need you!








Interested in volunteering on the Museum floor?  If you love math, would like to help others enjoy MoMath's interactive suite of exhibits, and are willing to devote two four-hour shifts each month, please send an email to jobs@momath.org with the subject line "MoMath integrator."  Please include a cover letter, current résumé, and a newly-written essay that, in approximately 150 to 300 words, describes an experience that shaped your love of mathematics.

We hope to see you at MoMath!

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