2017.03 March-April

Dear MoMath friends,

Beam into MoMath for some exciting upcoming events: Create your own mathematical art with Danish artist Rinus Roelofs, discover new math with Mathematica / Wolfram|Alpha creator Stephen Wolfram, and learn about the math of Star Trek.  Creating, discovering, learning…expand your mind and your horizons with math, only at MoMath!

 

MoMath at a Glance  
Tuesdays & Thursdays Expansions, the K-12 gifted program at MoMath
Sun, February 26 Leonardo and Luca: Using art to understand mathematics: Additional seats added!
Tues, February 28 MoMath Masters benefit tournament, featuring 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
Fri, March 3 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: "The Mathematical Mysteries of a U.S. $1 Bill!" with Dave Masunaga
Sun, March 5 Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for 6th through 9th graders
Thurs, March 9 Free Play: A FREE afternoon at MoMath with extended Museum hours until 6:00 pm
Fri, March 17 MOVES conference submission deadline
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
Sunday, April 2 Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for 6th through 9th graders
Wed, April 5 Math Encounters: "Star Trek: The Math of Khan" with James Grime and Connor Trinneer
Wed, April 5 to
Sat, April 8
NCTM conference in San Antonio: Learn how to apply for the $25k Rosenthal prize and take home some MoMath souvenirs.
Fri, April 14 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: "Ready, SET, go!" with Liz McMahon, Gary Gordon, Hannah Gordon, and Rebecca Gordon
Wed, April 19 Open Set 2017: A Night of Original Musical Performance
Sat April 22 National Math Festival: Wonder-ful Math with MoMath!
Wed, April 26 Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: Ruby Redfort Take Your Last Breath by Lauren Child
Thurs, April 27 Volumes, the MoMath book club: Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman
Wed, May 3 Math Encounters: "Vital Math: How mathematicians changed the world" with Chris Budd
Fri, May 5 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: "Boxes of Troxes" with Jonathan Bobrow
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 2017.
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.

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.

Book a field trip to MoMath.
Educators, don’t miss out on your chance for a field trip to MoMath this year!  Remaining spaces are filling quickly: Book today at fieldtrips.momath.org.  Homeschooled students are welcome.

2017 MoMathlon Tournaments: Teachers, there’s still space left for you to bring a team!
Playing a sport, being on a team, competition… every middle school student deserves a chance to experience the fun and exhilaration of making friends and working with them toward a goal; it can build confidence and teach skills that last a lifetime.  MoMath provides New York kids this opportunity every March and April, when, together with supporters Con Edison and Brookhaven National Laboratory, it sponsors several middle school math tournaments, culminating in a thrilling tournament of champions.  These unique tournaments allow budding mathematicians to experience the same thrills that student athletes receive from their pursuits: challenges, teamwork, refreshments, souvenirs, trophies, and memories that will inspire them
in high school, college, and beyond.  For more information and to register, visit momathlon.momath.org.

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 28.  To learn more, visit summercamp.momath.org.

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 or visit MoMath’s booth at the NCTM conference in San Antonio for hints and tips on submitting a competitive application.

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.


Leonardo and Luca: Using art to understand mathematics
Sunday, February 26, 6:30 pm
More seats added!
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, featuring 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.
 
Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: "The Mathematical Mysteries of a U.S. $1 Bill!" with Dave Masunaga
Friday, March 3, 6:30 pm
What do Michael Jordan, Brad Pitt, Lisa Kudrow, Quentin Tarantino, and Conan O’Brien have in common?  They are all as old as the modern U.S. $1 bill!  Money intrigues and motivates everyone, young and old.  Who could have predicted that our common $1 bill could have a multitude of arithmetic, geometric, and origami connections?  Award-winning educator Dave Masunaga returns to share the amazing story behind this rectangle, what it has to do with radar and bowties, and when $1 can be worth much more than a dollar!  Samples will be handed out.  Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.

 
Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for 6th through 9th graders
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!  Learn more and register at unlimited.momath.org.
Teachers, learn how you can send two students to Unlimited for free.  Email functions@momath.org for details.

 
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.

 
MOVES conference submission deadline
Friday, March 17
MoMath is now seeking submissions of research talks for presentation at the MOVES conference this August 6 to August 8, as well as mathematical activities for the family track at MOVES.  Learn more about MOVES at moves.momath.org.  To submit a research talk or submit an idea for a family-friendly recreational math activity, click here.

 
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.
 
Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for 6th through 9th graders
Sunday, April 2, 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!  Registration opens March 5.

 
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.
 
NCTM conference in San Antonio, TX
Wednesday, April 5, to Saturday, April 8

If you’re attending the NCTM conference, come say hello to MoMath at booth 848.  Learn more about how to submit a successful application for the $25k Rosenthal Prize, meet former Prize winners and hear their advice, plus pick up some great MoMath souvenirs!
 
Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: "Ready, SET, go!" with Liz McMahon, Gary Gordon, Hannah Gordon, and Rebecca Gordon
Friday, April 14, 6:30 pm
Have you ever played the addictive card game SET, the fast-paced family game of visual perception?  Have you ever wondered about the connections between games and mathematics?  Join the authors of The Joy of SET as they teach you how to play SET while revealing the mathematical strategies behind a seemingly simple card game.  Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.
 
Open Set 2017: A night of original musical performance
Wednesday, April 19, 6:30 pm

Add a little math to your music!  We asked mathemusicians around the world to send us their best original mathematical lyrics or compositions.  Now, you can hear the winners at a special night of musical performance.  Settle in for an evening of clever lyrics and fun tunes.  Plus, if you're inspired, a few spaces will also be available for brave members of the audience to perform on the spot.  Learn more and register at mathmusic.momath.org.

National Math Festival: Wonder-ful Math with MoMath!
Saturday, April 22 in Washington, D.C.

Join MoMath for a day of interactive fun at the second-ever National Math Festival!  Slice shapes with lasers, explore giant mazes, crank up the math tunes, design a roller coaster, and more…  Enjoy these and other Math Midway classics plus, new this year, experience the surprising shapes of math with Formula Morph and jump into an exciting race of mathematical and visual perception with TetraTruchet.

Volunteer with MoMath at the National Math Festivalâ?¨
MoMath is looking for enthusiastic, math-savvy volunteers to help visitors enjoy a variety of hands-on, interactive exhibits and allow them to discover the wonder and beauty of mathematics.  High school students and adults welcome: dcvolunteers.momath.org.

Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: Ruby Redfort Take Your Last Breath by Lauren Child
Wednesday, April 26, 4:30 pm
As the book opens, Spectrum agent Ruby is at dive school in Hawaii, confronting one of her few fears (claustrophobia) and ignoring the sharks around her.  Back home in Twinford, you can be sure both these elements will resurface — along with pirates who are trying to kill her parents, messages sent over Muzak radio stations, a peculiarly potent sea monster, family legends featuring brave little girls and large gemstones, and the return of the evil Count von Viscount.  Graphics include musical scores, maps that organize ideas and events, and Morse code, complete with appendices that discuss codebreaking in music, text, and graphics.  Learn more and register at tweenprimes.momath.org.
 
Volumes, the MoMath book club: Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman
Thursday, April 27, 6:00 pm
A modern classic, Einstein’s Dreams is a fictional collage of stories dreamed by Albert Einstein in 1905, when he worked in a patent office in Switzerland.  As the defiant but sensitive young genius is creating his theory of relativity, a new conception of time, he imagines many possible worlds.  In poetic vignettes, it explores the connections between science and art, the process of creativity, and, ultimately, the fragility of human existence.  Learn more and register at volumes.momath.org.

 
Math Encounters: "Vital Math: How mathematicians changed the world" with Chris Budd
Wednesday, May 3, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Mathematics has played a vital role in the development of human civilization, serving as the foundation of much of modern technology and popular culture.  From Maxwell and the mobile phone to Florence Nightingale and big data, mathematicians have had a profound impact on all of our lives.  Join UK mathematician and professor Chris Budd in a celebration of the contributions of mathematicians over the centuries.  Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.
 
Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: "Boxes of Troxes" with Jonathan Bobrow
Friday, May 5, 6:30 pm
Lego meets Origami in this ingenious new construction toy!  Take a sneak peek at this soon-to-launch product, and join inventor Jonathan Bobrow, who designed this engaging collection of non-rectilinear building blocks while at the MIT Media Lab.  Explore the underlying math behind Troxes and discover the endless possibilities of building with forms commonly found in nature.  Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.

 


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 2017-2018 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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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.

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 4-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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