2017.10 October-November

Dear MoMath friends,

MoMath celebrates the first-ever Global Math Week!  Don’t miss the party that kicks it all off on Saturday, October 7 followed by a FREE morning at MoMath on Sunday, October 8.  Plus, learn how to be a winner, meet space explorer Anousheh Ansari, check out MoMath’s latest cool construction toy, and enjoy some mathematical cheer with the math of beer.  It’s a festive Fall at MoMath!

MoMath at a Glance  
Now Open! Hoop Curves: See how the Harlem Globetrotters took their best shots with MoMath’s newest exhibit!
Wed, October 4 Math Encounters: “This Game is Rigged!  How math can make you a winner” with Paul Zeitz
Thurs, October 5 Solve for XX: A Celebration of Women in Mathematics
Thurs, October 5 Anousheh Ansari, Entrepreneur and Space Adventurer
Fri, October 6 Roundtable, the MoMath Math Teachers’ Circle: “Spying Spaces with Sneaky Snippets”
Fri, October 6 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “A Construction Toy Revolution: Introducing Lux!” with Mike Acerra
Sat, October 7 Global Math Project Uplifting Mathematics symposium and Global Math Week kickoff party
Sun, October 8 Free Play: a FREE morning at MoMath, courtesy of OppenheimerFunds
Sun, October 8 Conway’s Corner: Chat with “the world’s most charismatic mathematician,” John Conway
Sun, October 8 Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for 6th through 9th graders
Sat, October 14 MoMath partners with the Julia Robinson Math Festival at UC Berkeley
Sun, October 15 MoMath joins MSRI for a Celebration of Mind
Fri, October 20 Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
Tues, October 24 Fibonacci Fête: MoMath’s annual gala
Wed, October 25 The Math of Beer at the Belgian Beer Café
Sat, October 28 Test drive PolyGOn, an exclusive new interactive math game
Sun, October 29 Lux opens at Structure Studio
Mon, October 30 Volumes, the MoMath book club: Who Killed Professor X? by Thodoris Andriopoulos
Wed, November 1 Math Encounters: “Fair Division: How to Cut Cakes (and other things) Fairly” with Francis Su 
Thurs, November 9 Roundtable, the MoMath Math Teachers’ Circle
Fri, November 10 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “Which One Doesn’t Belong?” with Christopher Danielson
Weekends MoMath’s Derivatives tour program and Explorations sessions, available upon request

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Now open: MoMath’s newest exhibit, Hoop Curves
Check out the exhibit that brought the Harlem Globetrotters to MoMath!  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.  So come on down and take your best shot…with math!  Learn more at hoopcurves.momath.org.

Weekend programs for families
Take a tour with MoMath’s 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: “This Game is Rigged!  How math can make you a winner” with Paul Zeitz
Wednesday, October 4, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Boost your odds of winning games of strategy!  University of San Francisco Professor of Mathematics and Proof School Chairman Paul Zeitz explores a variety of wagers and games that practically guarantee a win for the player who makes the best mathematical analysis — and demonstrates why this is the case.  It’s not all fun and games, though: these vignettes have important mathematical morals to share.  Special introduction by Mark Saul, Executive Director of the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival.  Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.
Solve for XX: A Celebration of Women in Mathematics
Thursday, October 5, 4:30 pm

Teen and tween girls, come meet the first civilian woman in space, Anousheh Ansari, at this informal discussion session.  Learn how she uses math in her life and her career, and hear the story that took her from Iran to the United States to the International Space Station.  If there’s a young woman you know whose interest might be sparked, don’t miss this opportunity to interact with this engaging and entrepreneurial space adventurer.  This event is free thanks to a generous donation from Arnold Leibowitz in honor of Martin Albert Leibowitz.  Register at solve.momath.org.
Anousheh Ansari, Entrepreneur and Space Adventurer
Thursday, October 5, 6:30 pm, including light refreshments

How does a young Iranian woman end up traveling to the International Space Station to become the first civilian woman in space?  What was it like growing up in Iran and then moving to a new country as a teenager?  What drove her to want to make this amazing journey, and how has the experience changed her life?  Come meet Anousheh Ansari as she shares her incredible story of determination, hard work, and ultimately, tremendous success.  This event is free thanks to the generous support of OppenheimerFunds.  Learn more and register at ansari.momath.org.  Please also visit this page to donate to a scholarship fund in honor of another Iranian-American woman,
Maryam Mirzakhani, who was the first woman and the first Iranian to win a Fields Medal.
Roundtable, the MoMath Math Teachers’ Circle: “Spying Spaces with Sneaky Snippets”
Friday, October 6, 4:00 pm
Join the MoMath Roundtable!  If you’re a K-6 educator who wants to enjoy or improve your relationship with math, don’t miss the next installation of the Math Teachers’ Circle at MoMath.  Join us for an evening of creative math play and camaraderie.

“Spying Spaces with Sneaky Snippets” Given an arbitrary room full of valuables, how many eagle-eyed guards are needed to catch any sneaky thieves?  Come explore lines of sight, new representations, and polygon decomposition with MoMath.  Learn more and register at roundtable.momath.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “A Construction Toy Revolution: Introducing Lux!” with Mike Acerra
Friday, October 6, 6:30 pm
Join toy creator Mike Acerra as he takes you on a hands-on journey into Lux, a creative new kinematic construction system.  Using only identical square pieces with hinged joints, this novel new building system provides moving linkages that allow a whole new range of creative play.  Learn how and why Lux was invented, explore the mathematical ideas encoded in it, and build mathematical and scientific models.  Plus, be among the first to enjoy the brand new Platonic and Archimedean sets, created exclusively for MoMath.  Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.
Global Math Project Uplifting Mathematics symposium and Global Math Week kickoff party
Saturday, October 7, 8:15 am

Global Math Week begins on 10-10-17!  In celebration of this event, MoMath has helped organize a symposium for mathematicians, math educators, and those who are involved with math outreach.  All are welcome to attend this free event on Saturday, October 7 at NYU’s Courant Institute, but you must register to participate and space is limited.  A celebration of Global Math Week will also take place later that evening at the National Museum of Mathematics, from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm, open to all who are 21 and over.  Come experience more than three dozen engaging math exhibits, plus enjoy music and refreshments, with some of the nation’s top names in mathematics.  Registration is required for all events.  Learn more and register at gmp.momath.org.
Free Play: A FREE morning at MoMath in honor of Global Math Week
Sunday, October 8, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

For one morning, admission to MoMath will be completely free for all visitors, courtesy of OppenheimerFunds!  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.
Conway’s Corner
Sunday, October 8, 10:30 am and 2:00 pm

Don’t miss legendary mathematician John Conway as he holds court one more time at MoMath.  Talk to John about math, games, and life on Sundays, October 8.  John will be at the Museum from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm and again from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  Learn more at conway.momath.org.

Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for 6th through 9th graders
Sunday, October 8, 6:30 pm

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 First Class DJs, 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.

MoMath heads West!
Are you in the Bay Area?  Come say hello to MoMath!

    • Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival at UC Berkeley
      Saturday, October 14, 9:30 am to 12:00 pm, International House at UC Berkeley, 2299 Piedmont Ave, Berkeley, CA 94720
      MoMath is delighted to partner with the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival in its non-competitive celebration of math for students in grades 6 through 10.  Get creative and collaborative during this math focused, problem-solving festival!  Click here to learn more and register.
    • Celebration of Mind at MSRI
      Sunday, October 15, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, 17 Gauss Way, Berkeley, CA 94720
      Celebrate math with puzzles, games, magic, stories, and more!  Kids ages 8 and up — and grown-ups who are kids at heart — will enjoy this afternoon filled with hands-on math activities in honor of Global Math Week.  Click here to learn more and register.
Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
Friday, October 20, 4:30 pm

When a book about unexplainable occurrences brings Petra Andalee and Calder Pillay together, strange things start to happen: Seemingly unrelated events connect, an eccentric old woman seeks their company, and an invaluable Vermeer painting disappears.  Before they know it, the two find themselves at the center of an international art scandal, where no one — neighbors, parents, teachers — is spared from suspicion.  As Petra and Calder are drawn into a mysterious labyrinth, they must rely on their intuition, problem-solving skills, and knowledge of Vermeer.  Can they decipher a crime that has left even the FBI baffled?  Learn more and register at tweenprimes.momath.org.
Fibonacci Fête: MoMath’s annual gala
Tuesday, October 24, 6:00 pm
Don’t miss the most fashionable math event of the season, MoMath’s 2017 gala.  Join us in honoring Keith Devlin for his work in communicating mathematics to diverse audiences and enjoy hearing “The Unfiltered Math Guy” as Keith talks with his NPR Weekend Edition on-air host, Scott Simon.  Plus don’t miss an original performance by Pete Muller with special guest Marcus Miller, meet USA IMO gold-medal winning coach Po-Shen Loh, and say hello to football star/mathematician John Urschel.  Learn more and register at gala.momath.org.
The Math of Beer
Wednesday, October 25, 6:30 pm at the Belgian Beer Café
Join MoMath and the Belgian Beer Café NoMad on a mathematical tasting tour of Belgium.  An expert beer sommelier will offer a variety of premium, artisanal Belgian beers paired with an exclusive tasting menu of hearty Belgian appetizers and chocolate, while MoMath will bring some light mathematical “fare” for the mind.  This unique opportunity is limited to the first 30 registrants; register now at beer.momath.org.
Test drive PolyGOn
Saturday, October 28, 10:00 am
Check out MoMath’s newest math interactive, PolyGOn.  Hunt for shapes around the Museum and be the first to electronically build a series of polyhedra, plus provide feedback that will help inform the development of this exciting new activity.
New construction toy debuts at Structure Studio!
Sunday, October 29, 10:00 am
Get creative with MoMath’s new kinematic construction system, Lux.  Using only identical square pieces with hinged joints, this novel new building system provides moving linkages that allow a whole new range of creative play.
Volumes, the MoMath book club: Who Killed Professor X? by Thodoris Andriopoulos
Monday, October 30, 6:30 pm

Are there really murderers who don’t make mistakes?  Can anyone commit the perfect crime?  In Paris in the year 1900, at one of the most important mathematical conferences ever held, the renowned Professor X is murdered.  The greatest mathematicians of all time are named as suspects.  Who, finally, killed Professor X?  Will the truth be discovered?  Learn more and register at volumes.momath.org.
Math Encounters“Fair Division: How to Cut Cakes (and other things) Fairly” with Francis Su
Wednesday, November 1, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
The classic question “How can we cut a cake fairly?” has been around since antiquity, but what happens when mathematicians and economists focus on the situation?  Is there always a way to divide things fairly?  Join Harvey Mudd Professor of Mathematics Francis Su as he shares envy-free (and tasty!) solutions to this very human problem.  Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.
Roundtable, the MoMath Math Teachers’ Circle
Thursday, November 9, details coming soon!
Join the MoMath Roundtable!  If you’re a K-6 educator who wants to enjoy or improve your relationship with math, don’t miss the next installation of the Math Teachers’ Circle at MoMath.  Join us for an evening of creative math play and camaraderie.  More information will be posted soon at roundtable.momath.org.
Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “Which One Doesn’t Belong?” with Christopher Danielson
Friday, November 10, 6:30 pm
If you’ve ever wondered whether hearts are shapes, or why polygons need to have straight sides, you’re in for an evening of great thinking and fun with author Christopher Danielson.  He’ll bring the provocations and materials you’ll need to explore the length of spirals, the measures of angles, and the nature of vertices.  You’ll find yourself asking new mathematical questions in response to his award-winning Which One Doesn’t Belong?  A Shapes Book.  Fun and challenges await for all ages and geometry backgrounds.  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.

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 fieldtrips.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.

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

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