2017.01 January-February

Dear MoMath friends,

Ring in the new year with cheer at MoMath!  Take a tour to find the hidden math at MoMath, “SET” yourself up for a weekend of combinatorial fun, or settle back and enjoy a special evening of mathematical jazz.  Put MoMath on your holiday list and start the year off right with math.

MoMath is open every day this holiday season, including Christmas and New Year’s Day!


MoMath at a Glance  
Tuesdays & Thursdays Expansions, the K-12 gifted program at MoMath
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays MoMath’s Derivatives tour program
Beginning December 24 Math Exploration hands-on sessions for the entire family
Wed, January 4 Math Encounters: “Immersion in Mathematics: Using Digital Art to Make Surprising Connections” with Judy Holdener
Wed, January 4 2016 Rosenthal Prize for Innovation in Math Teaching $25K award ceremony
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 20 The Joy of SET: The Many Mathematical Dimensions of a Seemingly Simple Card Game”
Sat, January 21 2017 MoMath SET Tournament
Sun, January 22 Unlimited, MoMath’s new mix-n-mingle program just for middle school students, featuring a live-action human SET game!
Fri, January 27 Family Fridays at MoMath: “Instant Insanity” with Nick Rauh
Wed, February 1 Math Encounters: “Contemplating Coincidence: ‘Random’ Solutions to Challenging Problems” with Matthew Richey
Sat, February 4 M: The Language of STEM, a musical evening with Marcus G. Miller and William A. Massey
Thurs, February 16 Volumes, the MoMath book club: Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
Wed, February 22 Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: Hidden Figures, Young Readers Edition by Margot Lee Shetterly
Tues, February 28 MoMath Masters benefit tournament

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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 Twisted Thruway.  Also, don’t forget to 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.

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.  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.

Register now for MoMathlon middle school math tournaments
Early bird registration ends January 20
Every spring, MoMath provides students with the opportunity to compete in unique middle school math tournaments.  Budding mathematicians can experience the excitement of competition, teamwork, challenge, and prizes, making friends and memories that will inspire them in high school, college, and beyond.  Learn more and register at momathlon.momath.org.

Math Exploration sessions
Beginning Saturday, December 24

MoMath’s Math Exploration sessions, previously exclusive to school field trips, are now open to the public! Join one of MoMath’s specially-trained educators in an exploratory, hands-on classroom experience to discover the wonder of mathematics.  Educator sessions are appropriate for the whole family.  Learn more and register at exploration.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.
2016 Rosenthal Prize for Innovation in Math Teaching awards ceremony
Wednesday, January 4, 7:00 pm
Designed to recognize and promote hands-on math teaching in upper elementary and middle school classrooms, the Rosenthal Prize carries a cash award of $25,000 for the single best activity, plus up to five additional monetary awards for other innovative activities.  The awards ceremony for the 2016 prize will be held immediately before the 7:00 pm Math Encounters session.  Register at mathencounters.org to attend the ceremony and Math Encounters.  Educators, learn how you too can win $25,000 at rosenthalprize.momath.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!
“The Joy of SET: The Many Mathematical Dimensions of a Seemingly Simple Card Game”
Friday, January 20, 6:30 pm
Have you ever played the addictive card game SET?  Have you ever wondered about the connections between games and mathematics?  Join the authors of The Joy of SET as they discuss the mathematics and strategies behind a seemingly simple card game.  Register now at set.momath.org.
2017 MoMath SET Tournament
Saturday, January 21, 6:30 pm
Challenge yourself and others to an exciting night of SET, an addictive card game for players of all ages!  Sign up for the expert track to vie for the title of 2017 MoMath SET champion, or register to play in the casual track for a spirited night of SET games.  Everyone will have fun at MoMath playing this high-speed card game that is seemingly simple to learn, but has many mathematical dimensions.  Learn more and register at set.momath.org.
Unlimited, MoMath’s new mix-n-mingle program just for middle school students
Featuring a live-action human SET game!
Sunday, January 22, 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.
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.
Math Encounters: “Contemplating Coincidence: ‘Random’ Solutions to Challenging Problems” with Matthew Richey
Wednesday, February 1, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
We all encounter randomness every day — it is part of how we talk about the weather, sports, and even love.  But despite being so familiar, randomness can be an elusive idea to pin down.  Join mathematician Matthew Richey as he guides us toward greater understanding, demonstrating how randomness can be used as the secret ingredient in tackling famously difficult problems.  Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.
M: The Language of STEM, a musical evening with Marcus G. Miller and William A. Massey
Saturday, February 4, 6:00 pm
Join saxophonist Marcus G. Miller and Princeton University professor and mathematician William A. Massey for an evening of music and mathematics, two fields that encourage creativity and exploration and build new languages out of natural information patterns.  Dr. Massey, whose research interests include queueing theory and applied probability, will discuss and demonstrate the importance of mathematics as an information pattern language that is used to describe ideas in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).  Miller will create a musical dialogue using the rhythmic, harmonic, and melodic pattern languages of jazz, classical, and Latin music.  Don’t miss this exciting evening of math and
music!  Learn more and register at saxmath.momath.org.
Volumes, the MoMath book club: Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
Thursday, February 16, 6:00 pm
Join Volumes for the phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space.  Originally relegated to teaching math in the South’s segregated public schools, they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II, when America’s aeronautics industry was in dire need of anyone who had the right stuff.  Suddenly, these overlooked math whizzes had a shot at jobs worthy of their skills, and they answered Uncle Sam’s call, moving to Hampton, Virginia, and entering the fascinating, high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory.  Learn more and register at volumes.momath.org.
Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: Hidden Figures, Young Readers Edition by Margot Lee Shetterly
Wednesday, February 22, 4:30 pm
Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.  Start reading now so that you can join the fun, with pizza and ice cream to follow.  Learn more and register at tweenprimes.momath.org.
MoMath Masters benefit tournament
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.
Submit your song for Open Set, MoMath’s annual mathematical song contest
Make math your muse!  MoMath is 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 April 20.  Submissions will be accepted through February 15.  Submit your song at openset.momath.org.


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

Spread the MoMath word
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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
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.

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 resumé, 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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