2017.02 February-March

Dear MoMath friends,

Look who’s coming to MoMath!  Don’t miss Mathematica creator Stephen Wolfram as he leads us in a real-time group discovery of new mathematics.  Also, join MIT’s youngest-ever full professor, Erik Demaine, at a sneak preview screening of the new NOVA special, The Origami Revolution.  Plus, best-selling author Nassim Nicholas Taleb introduces Matthew Richey’s presentation on randomness, and Connor Trinneer, “Commander ‘Trip’ Tucker” of Star Trek: Enterprise, beams in to introduce James Grime talking about the math of Star Trek.  Cool people, cool math: only at MoMath!

 

MoMath at a Glance  
Tuesdays & Thursdays Expansions, the K-12 gifted program at MoMath
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
Fri, February 10 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: "How Big is Infinity?" with Dr. Amy Shell-Gellasch
Mon, February 13 Sneak preview!  Advance screening of the new NOVA special, The Origami Revolution, with special guests Erik and Martin Demaine
Wed, February 15 Open Set deadline: Last day to submit your song!
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
Sun, February 26 Leonardo and Luca: Using art to understand mathematics
Tues, February 28 MoMath Masters benefit tournament, hosted by Will Shortz: Register today!
Tues, February 28 Last day for 2017 Transformations summer camp registration at Friends & Family rate
Wed, March 1 Math Encounters: "Real-Time Math Discovery: A Hands-On Adventure in Experimental Mathematics" with Stephen Wolfram
Sun, March 5 Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program just for middle school students
Thurs, March 9 Free Play: A FREE afternoon at MoMath with extended Museum hours until 6:00 pm
Wed, March 22 Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: The Adventures of Penrose the Mathematical Cat by Theoni Pappas
Thurs, March 23 Volumes, the MoMath book club: The Mind-Body Problem by Rebecca Goldstein
Wed, April 5 Math Encounters: "Star Trek: The Math of Khan" with James Grime
Weekends MoMath's Derivatives tour program and Explorations sessions, available upon request

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College students: become a MoMath intern!  Now accepting applications for summer 2017â?¨.
Share your love of math with others!  MoMath is now accepting applications for summer 2017 internships for current college students.  Improve your interpersonal and communication skills, explore mathematical concepts, learn valuable job skills, plus have a great time meeting new and interesting people, including top members of the mathematical community.  See more at momath.org/jobs.  Please note that internships are unpaid.

2017 Transformations summer camp registration
First through eighth graders, spend the summer falling in love with mathematics as you explore the fun and beauty of mathematical games, puzzles, and geometric crafts with MoMath’s dynamic educators.  Campers come back year after year to discover the never-ending wonders of mathematics!  Register now at the low Friends & Family rate, expiring February 28th.  To learn more, visit summercamp.momath.org.

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.  And check out the new-and-improved Feedback Fractals, now allowing creation of even more beautiful patterns.

2017 Rosenthal Prize for Innovation and Inspiration in Math Teaching
Teachers, the application process for the 2017 Rosenthal Prize is now open!  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 winning teacher(s) will have the opportunity to share their innovative ideas with educators across the country.  Learn more at rosenthalprize.momath.org.

Weekend programs for families
Take a tour with MoMath’s new Derivatives tour program (derivatives.momath.org), or join one of MoMath’s specially-trained educators in Explorations, a hands-on classroom experience to discover the wonder of mathematics (explorations.momath.org).  Don’t miss your chance to see math in a whole new light, only at MoMath.

Register now for MoMathlon middle school math tournaments
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 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.  Special introduction by professor and bestselling author (The Black Swan and Fooled by Randomness) Nassim Nicholas Taleb.  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 his band — Noah Jackson on bass, Eli Menezes on guitar, Bobby Sanabria on drums/percussion, and ELEW on piano — along with 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.
 
Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: "How Big is Infinity?" with Dr. Amy Shell-Gellasch
Friday, February 10, 6:30 pm
We all use the term infinity, but what does it really mean?  Are all infinities the same?  Join mathematician and historian Dr. Amy Shell-Gellasch as we explore the meaning of infinity and come to some surprising conclusions.  MoMath is delighted to announce that Two Sigma is the new sponsor of its popular Family Fridays program.  Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.

 
Sneak preview!  Advance screening of the new NOVA special, The Origami Revolution, only at MoMath
Monday, February 13, 6:30 pm
The ancient art of paper folding is now at the heart of a scientific revolution, impacting drug development, micro-robots, and even future NASA space missions.  Discover how origami is reshaping the world around us as engineers, designers, and scientists uncover the power of folding.  Join MIT’s Erik and Martin Demaine along with NOVA’s Senior Executive Producer Paula S. Apsell and The Origami Revolution producer Sarah Holt as we unfold the secrets of origami and explore the high-tech future of this age-old art.  Learn more and register at nova.momath.org.
 
Last day to submit your song for Open Set, MoMath's annual mathematical song contest
Wednesday, February 15
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 this spring.  Submissions will be accepted through February 15.  Submit your song at openset.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.  If you liked the movie, you'll love
the book!  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.  If you liked the movie, you'll love the book!  Learn more and register at tweenprimes.momath.org.
 
Leonardo and Luca: Using art to understand mathematics
Sunday, February 26, 6:30 pm
The mysterious powers of mathematics and its application to art were favorite subjects in the court of Milan when Luca Pacioli and Leonardo da Vinci were there in the late 1490s.  Hundreds of years later, making models can still help us understand mathematics.  MoMath welcomes Dutch artist Rinus Roelofs, whose work exemplifies the connection between math and art, as he guides us all in making our own Leonardo-style polyhedral models.  Learn more and register at leonardo.momath.org.
 
MoMath Masters benefit tournament, hosted by Will Shortz
Tuesday, February 28, 6:00 pm at Tribeca Rooftop
Join USA IMO two-time gold-medal-winning coach Po Shen Loh and The New York Times’ Will Shortz for another edition of the one-of-a-kind 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.  Participate or just come to watch; a good time is had by all.  Reserve your seats now at masters.momath.org.
 
Math Encounters: "Real-Time Math Discovery: A Hands-On Adventure in Experimental Mathematics" with Stephen Wolfram
Wednesday, March 1, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Want to participate in discovering some new math in real time?  Join Stephen Wolfram, creator of Mathematica, Wolfram|Alpha and the Wolfram Language, in an unscripted adventure in experimental mathematics.  Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.
 
Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program just for middle school students
Sunday, March 5, 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 9th graders.  The best part?  No parents allowed!  Take advantage of special pricing to bring a friend: buy two tickets for $20 before February 10th!  (Single tickets are $15.)  Learn more and register at unlimited.momath.org.

 
Free Play: A FREE afternoon at MoMath with extended Museum hours until 6:00 pm
Thursday, March 9, 2:00 pm to 6:00 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 one hour later than usual, so you can optimize your fun.

 
Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: The Adventures of Penrose the Mathematical Cat by Theoni Pappas
Wednesday, March 22, 4:30 pm
Penrose, a cat with a knack for math, takes you on an adventurous tour of mathematical concepts from fractals to infinity.  Good reads, pizza, ice cream, and more…if your young adult hasn’t yet explored this engaging program, now is a great time to start!  Learn more and register at tweenprimes.momath.org.
 
Volumes, the MoMath book club: The Mind-Body Problem by Rebecca Goldstein
Thursday, March 23, 6:00 pm
Renee Feuer is a spirited but floundering Princeton graduate student when she first catches the eye of living math legend Noam Himmel.  Their courtship is an intellectual one, spiced with heady discussions on philosophy and math with an occasional dash of physics thrown in.  Once the blush of new romance wears off, however, Renee finds intellectual theory wanting as she struggles to come to terms with her orthodox Jewish upbringing, her own sexuality, and the husband who is physically present but mentally absent as he works on his next great theory.  Learn more and register at volumes.momath.org.
 
Math Encounters: "Star Trek: The Math of Khan" with James Grime
Wednesday, April 5, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Star Trek featured many futuristic ideas: warp drives, transporters, and travel to strange new worlds, all of which have been discussed in great detail by experts and nerds alike.  But what about the math of Star Trek?  After all, there’s no such thing as Math Fiction…In fact, Star Trek featured many interesting mathematical ideas, including a paradox that upset both 20th century mathematicians and 23rd century androids; the mathematics of alien biology; and the most important question of all — when on a dangerous away mission, does the color of your shirt really affect your chances of survival?  Don’t worry, there won’t be any lens flares as mathematician/Star Trek fan James Grime beams to
MoMath to share the Math of Khan.  Special introduction by Connor Trinneer, "Commander 'Trip' Tucker” of Star Trek: Enterprise.  Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.


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 2017-2018 high school internships (starting in September 2017) are now available at momath.org/jobs.

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: amidst 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.


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).

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

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