2017.05 May-June

Dear MoMath friends,

Don’t miss MoMath's great lineup in the coming weeks…learn how math changed the world, hear about a journey of mathematical discovery, and chat about hidden mathematical tidbits from one of television’s most popular shows.  Or try some hands-on fun as you build with a hot new mathematical construction system and create your own Escher-like kaleidocycles.  Summer weather calling to you?  Join us for some outdoor action at this year’s World Science Festival, at the MoMath-Flatiron Summer Solstice Celebration, or at the second annual Math Metropolis, featuring three of the nation’s top providers of mathematical fun.  And for a real change of pace, don’t miss MoMath’s
own unique Pride event…all are welcome, and attendees can also check out MoMath's newest exhibit, Hoop Curves

And don’t forget, MoMath is FREE to all on the afternoon of June 8, starting at 2:00 pm.

MoMath at a Glance  
Tuesdays & Thursdays Expansions, the K-12 gifted program at MoMath: register now for Spring 2017!
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
Sat, May 6 Open House for Transformations, the summer camp at MoMath
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
Sun, June 4 World Science Festival
Sun, June 4 Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for 6th through 9th graders
Tue, June 6 Volumes, the MoMath book club: Symmetry: A Journey into the Patterns of Nature by Marcus du Sautoy
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
Thurs, June 8 Math Explorations: Summer Sessions
Tue, June 13 Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: Lost in Lexicon: An Adventure in Words and Numbers by Pendred Noyce
Fri, June 16 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: "Eschering Around" with Jürgen Richter-Gebert
Sat, June 17 Finding Fibonacci with Keith Devlin 
Wed, June 21 Summer Solstice Celebration
Thurs, June 22 Hoop Curves exhibit opening: take your best shot with math!  
Thurs, June 22 Math is Sexy – MoMath Celebrates Pride
Wed, July 5 Math Encounters: "Diffusion of the Dead" with Thomas Woolley
Thurs, July 6 Pete Muller performs at the Cutting Room to benefit MoMath
Sun, July 9 Math Metropolis, a festival of math fun on the plaza at 28 Liberty
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.

Summer groups at MoMath
Bring your school, camp, or other group to MoMath this summer and experience one of MoMath’s hands-on, educator-led sessions!  Learn more at summergroups.momath.org.

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

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.

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.


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.
 
Open House for Transformations, the summer camp at MoMath
Saturday, May 6, 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

MoMath is gearing up for a great summer with the return of its exciting day camp!  Come learn more about Transformations 2017, the summer camp at MoMath, and be the first to explore some of this summer's newest activities.  The Open House is free for parents and children to attend, but advance registration is required at openhouse.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 that includes 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.  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:

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!  Then, in a secret underground classroom, Hopper and her friends 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 with early pricing 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.
 
World Science Festival
Sunday, June 4
Don’t miss this year’s World Science Festival; keep your eyes on MoMath’s event page for more details, coming soon.
 
Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for 6th through 9th graders
Sunday, June 4, 6:30 pm
Turn the Law of Averages into the Law of Large Numbers of Treats with this month’s installment of our mind-bending candy-guessing game.  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: Symmetry: A Journey into the Patterns of Nature by Marcus du Sautoy
Tuesday, June 6, 6:00 pm
MoMath is delighted to announce that mathematician and author Marcus du Sautoy will join MoMath at Volumes, the MoMath book club on June 6, to discuss his book Symmetry: A Journey into the Patterns of Nature.  This book combines a personal insight into the mind of a working mathematician with the story of one of the biggest adventures in mathematics: the search for symmetry.  This is the story of how humankind has come to its understanding of the bizarre world of symmetry — a subject of fundamental significance to the way we interpret the world around us.  Learn more and register at volumes.momath.org.
 
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.
 
Math Explorations: Summer Sessions
Thursday, June 8, 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm

MoMath’s Math Explorations, 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.  Learn more and register at summerexplorations.momath.org.
 
Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: Lost in Lexicon: An Adventure in Words and Numbers by Pendred Noyce
Tuesday, June 13, 4:30 pm
Join MoMath at Tween Primes, the MoMath book club, to discuss Lost in Lexicon: An Adventure in Words and Numbers by Pendred Noyce.  When thirteen-year-old cousins Ivan and Daphne go on a treasure hunt in the rain one summer day, they never expect to stumble into a whole new world where words and numbers run wild.  Learn more and register at tweenprimes.momath.org.
 
Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: "Eschering Around" with Jürgen Richter-Gebert
Friday, June 16, 6:30 pm
Combine the mathematical artistry of M.C. Escher with the creativity of folding paper as you create your own personal “kaleidocycle.”  Professor and interactive mathematics expert Jürgen Richter-Gebert, creator of the app iOrnament, shows us how to design our own Escher-like patterns and then use them to create dynamic paper sculptures that rotate 'round and 'round.  Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.
 
Finding Fibonacci with Keith Devlin
Saturday, June 17, 6:30 pm
Join Dr. Keith Devlin, “The Math Guy” from NPR’s Weekend Edition, as he recounts his exploration of the life and legacy of thirteenth century mathematician Leonardo of Pisa, popularly known as Fibonacci.  Leonardo introduced the Hindu-Arabic numeral system and arithmetic to the Western world, and thereby helped start a global, social, and economic revolution.  Devlin first shared Leonardo's story in a 2011 book titled The Man of Numbers: Fibonacci’s Arithmetic Revolution.  His new book, Finding Fibonacci, describes his own experiences, reconstructed from his project diary and notes, together with the stories of three other contemporary scholars, each of whom
investigated this long-forgotten medieval mathematician who did so much to create the world in which we live.  Learn more and register at fibonacci.momath.org.
 
Summer Solstice Celebration
Wednesday, June 21
Don’t miss this year’s MoMath-Flatiron Summer Solstice Celebration; more details coming soon!  Keep an eye on events.momath.org.
 
Hoop Curves opening!
Thursday, June 22
Recreating a regulation-size free throw space within the Museum, Hoop Curves invites you to take your best shot and then to do so again, this time with the aid of a robotic ball-shooter.  Using cutting edge technology to record the components of every ball launch, this exhibit promises to combine America's love of sports with data visualization techniques that will help you improve your throw.  Some come on down and take your best shot…with math!  

Math is Sexy – MoMath Celebrates Pride
Thursday, June 22, 8:00 pm
Join us as we celebrate the intersection between freedom of expression and mathematics.  Guests will be treated to a custom love potion upon entering; then they can dance the night away to a live DJ while live dancers and performing artists activate the exhibits.  An open bar sponsored by Miller Coors will keep the good vibes flowing.  $25 early bird tickets on sale now, $35 at the door.  Learn more and register at pride.momath.org.
 
Math Encounters"Diffusion of the Dead" with Thomas Woolley
Wednesday, July 5, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Knowing how long we have before we interact with a zombie could mean the difference between life, death, and zombification!  In this game of impending doom, mathematician Thomas Woolley shows us how math might just be the best weapon we have to survive…and how strategies to defeat zombies have real-world relevance in the fight against the worldwide spread of contagious disease.  Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.
 
Pete Muller performs at the Cutting Room
Special event to benefit MoMath
Thursday, July 6, 7:00 pm
Join singer/songwriter Pete Muller in a special summer concert benefiting MoMath.  Muller, a modern day Renaissance man, began his musical career by busking for masses in the New York subways while at the same time publishing a monthly music-themed crossword puzzle and achieving success as a pioneer in quant investing, where he was dubbed one of the "hottest hedge fund manager[s] on Wall Street today."  Muller’s budding musical career caught the attention of Forbes, The New York Times, and various other outlets, which led to three albums, the most recent produced by two-time Grammy winner Rick DePofi.  With influences such as Billy Joel, Shawn Colvin, Patty Griffin, and Elvis Costello,
Muller’s accessible lyrical style has garnered him hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube.  The evening will also feature the creative talents of John “Whooli” Whoolilurie on sax/keyboard, Skip Ward on bass, David Silliman on drums, Katie Jacoby on violin, Timba Harris on violin/trumpet, and Missy Soltero on vocals.  For more information and to register, visit muller.momath,org100% of the proceeds from ticket sales will be used to support the programs and operations of the nation’s only Museum of Mathematics.

 
Math Metropolis, a Festival of Math Fun
Plaza at 28 Liberty
Sunday, July 9

Add a little math to your summer!  MoMath is pleased to be joined by the Julia Robinson Math Festival and the folks from the MIND Research Institute to bring you a full day of mathematical fun.  Bring the entire family to the plaza at 28 Liberty and enjoy hands-on math exhibits, entertaining mathematical games, and intriguing puzzles and brainteasers.  Plus, take home a little bit of MoMath:  we’ll be setting up an outpost of Additions, the shop at MoMath, for all your summer gift needs.
 

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, 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.


Have you tried out for Varsity Math yet?
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