2017.04 April-May

Dear MoMath friends,

Whether you’re a Trekkie or a music-lover, a reader, a gamer, or a closet composer, MoMath has something for you.  This spring, we’ve reached across the big pond to bring presenters who will share the math embedded in one of the most popular science fiction shows ever, expose the tremendous role math has played in human history, and even use math to ponder the limits of scientific exploration.  Plus we’ll be playing games, discussing books, and singing songs, all with a mathematical bent.  Join the MoMath community and join the fun!

 

MoMath at a Glance  
Tuesdays & Thursdays Expansions, the K-12 gifted program at MoMath: Register now for Spring 2017!
Sun, 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 Star Trek actor 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
Fri, April 21 FREE exclusive tour of the M.C. Escher collection at the National Gallery of Art
Sat, April 22 National Math Festival in Washington, D.C.: 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, featuring a discussion with author Alan Lightman
Sat, April 29 NEW this month: Equilibrium, an adult evening of mathematical games at MoMath!
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
Sun, May 7 Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for 6th through 9th graders
Thurs, May 18 Volumes, the MoMath book club: The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets by Simon Singh
Wed, May 24 Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: Secret Coders and Paths & Portals by Gene Luen Yang
Thurs, June 1 Last day to register for MOVES 2017The Magic of Math
Wed, June 7 Math Encounters: "The Great Unknown: Is there a limit to scientific and mathematical exploration?" with Marcus du Sautoy
Thurs, June 8 Math Unearthed: Uncovering the classroom math behind MoMath's exhibits (PD session for teachers)
Thurs, June 8 Free Play: A FREE afternoon at MoMath with extended Museum hours
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 starting this fall!
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.  Homeschooling your children?  Field trips are available for you, too.  See summations.momath.org.

Beautiful Math
See what mathematicians think is beautiful about mathematics at beautiful.momath.org.  Now featuring Stephen Wolfram!

2017 Con Edison MoMathlon middle school math tournament: Registration ends soon!
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.  Sign up your team of middle school students now for the Manhattan regional tournament on Friday, April 28th — only a few spots remain!  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 Early Bird rate.  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 848 at the NCTM conference in San Antonio for hints and tips on submitting a competitive application (details below).

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.


Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for 6th through 9th graders
Sunday, April 2, 6:30 pm
This month, be among the very first to check out two of MoMath’s newest offerings: Tetrasphere, a beautiful reflective fractal display, and Tetra Truchet, an exciting life-size race of mathematical and visual perception.  Plus, bring your powers of prediction to MoMath for an activity based on math and human behavior.  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, don't miss this exciting program just for 6th through 9th graders.  The best part?  No parents allowed!  Register at unlimited.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.
 
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 Prize judges and former Prize winners and hear their advice, plus pick up some great MoMath souvenirs!
 
Expansions gifted program: Spring 2017 semester begins
Thursday, April 6 through Tuesday, June 27
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.  Weekly classes run every Tuesday and Thursday starting on April 6 through June 27.  Learn more and apply at expansions.momath.org.
 
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.

Exclusive tour of the M.C. Escher collection at the National Gallery of Art
Friday, April 21, 10:00 am and 2:00 pm in Washington, D.C.
David Masunaga and MoMath have made special arrangements with the National Gallery of Art (NGA) in Washington, D.C. to lead participants through masterpieces of its famed M.C. Escher collection, one of the world's largest and most complete collections of his works.  The focus will be on Escher’s analytic elements of design, his intuitive geometric sense, and his brilliant printmaking techniques.  Learn more and register at eschertour.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
Join author Alan Lightman to discuss his modern classic, Einstein’s Dreams, 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, this book 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.

 
Equilibrium, an adult evening of mathematical games at MoMath
Saturday, April 29, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Tabletop gaming is more fun than ever!  Come join old friends and new for a fun-filled, adult evening of mathematically rich, hands-on games.  Enjoy classics like SET and Connect Four, modern options from Ubongo to Skiwampus to Rocket Robots, and even MoMath's own twist on mathematical favorites like Hex and Nim.  Bring a snack, play some games, and connect with new and interesting people, all while enjoying the unique evening atmosphere at the nation’s only Museum of Math.  Learn more and register at equilibrium.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.  Special introduction by mathematician Robert Kohn, NYU Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences.  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.
 
Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for 6th through 9th graders
Sunday, May 7, 6:30 pm
Crank up the function tunes, take a tour among the world of numbers, and morph your face with math as some Math Midway classics return to MoMath for an evening including some carnival-themed fun.  Plus, find out if it’s better to compete or to work together in a game where the goal is to end up with the most candy.  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 program just for 6th through 9th graders.  The best part?  No parents allowed!  Learn more and register at unlimited.momath.org.
 
Volumes, the MoMath book club: The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets by Simon Singh
Thursday, May 18, 6:00 pm
Did you know that Homer Simpson disproved Fermat’s last theorem?  He did, or so it seemed, when he scribbled 398712+436512=447212 on a blackboard in a 1998 episode of The Simpsons.  If Homer is right, then he has proved that the great 17th-century mathematician Fermat was wrong!  Math is everywhere in the Simpsons' world, from references that flash across the screen in an eye blink (such as Springfield’s Googolplex movie theater) to entire segments that explore deep mathematical concepts (like “Homer3” in 1995).  Not content merely to point out the mathematical references, Singh uses them as a starting point for lively discussions of mathematical topics, anecdotes, and
history.  Even someone with no mathematical background will enjoy his accounts of the nature of infinity and the meaning of the number e, the life of the tragic genius Ramanujan, and the obsessions of Bill James, the oracle of baseball statistics.  Learn more and register at volumes.momath.org.
 
Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: Secret Coders and Paths & Portals by Gene Luen Yang
Wednesday, May 24, 4:30 pm
Join MoMath at Tween Primes, the MoMath book club, on May 24 to discuss Secret Coders and Path & Portals by Gene Luen Yang.  Learn more and register at tweenprimes.momath.org.  About the books:

Secret Coders
Welcome to Stately Academy, a strange school that is just crawling with mysteries to be solved!  The founder of the school left many clues and puzzles to challenge his enterprising students.  Hopper, a new student, and her friend, Eni, start to discover and then solve many of the school’s puzzles.  Sadly, not everyone is happy about this — especially Mr. Bee, the school janitor.  Using their wits and their budding computer coding skills, Hopper and Eni decide to solve the mystery of Stately Academy, no matter what it takes!

Secret Coders: Paths and Portals
There's something lurking beneath the surface of Stately Academy â?? literally.  In a secret underground classroom, Hopper, Eni, and Josh discover that the campus was once home to the Bee School, an institute where teachers, students, and robots worked together to unravel the mysteries of coding.  Hopper and her friends are eager to follow in this tradition and become top-rate coders.  But why are Principal Dean and the rugby team suddenly so interested in their extracurricular activities?

Last day to register for the MOVES 2017 conference, The Magic of Math,
featuring Persi Diaconis, Manjul Bhargava, and Art Benjamin!
Thursday, June 1
Mathematicians and families, register now to join MoMath in NYC for the third conference on the Mathematics of Various Entertaining Subjects. The MOVES 2017 conference will take place from August 6 through 8 and will feature dozens of talks on current research in recreational mathematics, as well as a wide variety of family-accessible mathematical activities and events.  Visit moves.momath.org to register.
 
Math Encounters: "The Great Unknown: Is there a limit to scientific and mathematical exploration?" with Marcus du Sautoy
Wednesday, June 7, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Are there limits to what we can discover about our physical universe?  Are some regions of the future beyond the predictive powers of science and mathematics?  Are there ideas so complex that they are beyond the conception of our finite human brains?  Can brains even investigate themselves or does the analysis enter an infinite loop from which it is impossible to rescue itself?  Join Marcus du Sautoy, Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford, on a mathematical journey into the Great Unknown.  Special introduction by Geva Patz, entrepreneur, technology consultant, pyrotechnics expert, and winner of the 2017 MoMath Masters
tournament.  Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.
 
Math Unearthed: Uncovering the classroom math behind MoMath's exhibits
Professional development for educators
Thursday, June 8, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Looking for a unique staff development opportunity?  Come join the National Museum of Mathematics’ Chief of Education, Nat Stahl, for a day of hands-on discovery.  First, teachers will spend time learning about the math behind a few of MoMath’s unique interactive exhibits; then, they will enjoy some collaborative problem solving together.  Finally, teachers will develop a working lesson plan that they can take back to their classrooms.  This is a great chance for teachers to come together as professionals and share their knowledge and expertise in a fun, dynamic environment!  Learn more and register at unearthed.momath.org.
 
Free Play: A FREE afternoon at MoMath with extended Museum hours until 6:00 pm
Thursday, June 8, 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.

 


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.

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.


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