2018.01 January-February

Dear MoMath friends,

Ring out 2017 with math: MoMath is open every day for the rest of the year from 10 am to 5 pm — including all day on New Year's Day!  Plus, MoMath is FREE this Sunday, December 24th from 10 am to 1 pm.  As MoMath's fifth year comes to an end, the MoMath team wishes to thank you for your support of the Museum and your enthusiasm for mathematics.

MoMath at a Glance  
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Open Set — MoMath's Song Contest
Sun, December 24 Free Play: A FREE morning to ring out 2017
Mon, December 25 MoMath is open!
Tue, January 1 MoMath is open!
Wed, January 3 Math Encounters: "Mind-Bending Paradoxes & the Possibility of Changing Your Mind" with David Kung
Sat, January 6 Equilibrium, an adult evening of mathematical games
Sun, January 7 Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Sun, January 7 Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for 6th through 9th graders
Wed, January 10
through Sat, January 13
MoMath activities at the Joint Math Meetings (JMM) in San Diego
Wed, January 17 Volumes, the MoMath book club: A Mathematician's Lament by Paul Lockhart
Thurs, January 18 Roundtable, the MoMath Math Teachers' Circle: "Musical Mathematics"
Fri, January 19 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: "The Math of Winning" with Paul Gallagher
Sun, January 21 Folding Fun at MoMath with OrigamiUSA (free with Museum admission)
Mon, January 29 Exploding Dots, the Global Phenomenon: a day of professional development at MoMath
Wed, February 7 Math Encounters: "The Fabric of Symmetry: connecting mathematics and fiber arts" with Susan Goldstine
Wed, February 7 Awards presentation for the Rosenthal Prize for Inspiration and Innovation in Math Teaching
Fri, February 9 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: "Making Connections" with Mircea Draghicescu
Thurs, February 15 Roundtable, the MoMath Math Teachers' Circle: "Games of Chance and Life Lessons" with Phil Dituri
Sat, February 17 Quadrivium featuring Marcus Miller
Weekends MoMath's Derivatives tour program and Explorations sessions, available upon request

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Coming this winter: "Tackling Math on the Field"
Don't miss a pre-Super Bowl event with recently retired NFL player and current math PhD candidate John Urschel!  Watch events.momath.org for more information.

Open Set — MoMath's Song Contest
Make math your muse!  MoMath is now 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 in early 2018.  Submit your song at openset.momath.org.

Perspectives: The MoMath Summer College Volunteer Program
Each summer, MoMath offers Perspectives, a full-time volunteer program for college undergraduates.  Students who complete Perspectives build skills in communicating math concepts to the public, develop a strong level of knowledge and experience in what it takes to operate a successful business, and gain exposure to a variety of interesting programs, lectures, and people.  Please note that participation in Perspectives is unpaid.  MoMath is currently accepting applications for summer 2018 positions.  Information on the program is available at volunteers.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.


Free Play: A FREE morning to ring out 2017
Sunday, December 24, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

For one morning, 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.
 
Math Encounters: "Mind-Bending Paradoxes & the Possibility of Changing Your Mind" with David Kung
Wednesday, January 3, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Great riddles and paradoxes have a long and illustrious history, serving as both tests and games and bringing both frustration and joy for intellectual thinkers across the globe.  Choosing to confront these conundrums, we put ourselves in that special moment when we acknowledge that what we previously thought conflicts with some new piece of evidence.  Those are the moments — rare and precious — when we might actually change our minds!  Topics will range from the philosophical to the statistical, from physics to psychology, all from the perspective of a mathematician.  Prepare to have your mind bent — and maybe even changed.  Light refreshments will be served after the 4:00 pm session and
immediately before the 7:00 pm session.  Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.  Plus, earn a free Math Encounters t-shirt… see friendme.momath.org.
 
Equilibrium, an adult evening of mathematical games
Saturday, January 6, 6:00 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 Yahtzee and chess, modern options from Laser Maze to Pyramid Arcade to Lost Cities, 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.
 
Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Sunday, January 7, 5:30 pm
When interplanetary evil threatens the universe, it’s up to 13-year old Meg Murry, her brilliant but odd younger brother Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin O’Keefe to save the day.  With the help of the mysterious Mrs. Whatsit and the powers of the extra-dimensional Tesseract, they travel to faraway planets and encounter alien creatures in the fight against a planet-destroying creeping darkness.  Will their wits and friendship be enough to save them, their families, and their world?  Start reading now ahead of the major motion picture premiering in March 2018, and join us for a discussion of higher dimensions and spacetime!  Discuss this and more at the next Tween Primes, the MoMath book
club for tweens and teens.  Learn more and register at tweenprimes.momath.org.
 
Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for 6th through 9th graders
Sunday, January 7, 6:30 pm
If you're excited by the idea of a fun-filled, math-focused night where you can hang out with old and new friends, enjoy cookies and hot chocolate, and move to some great tunes, then don't miss this exciting program just for 6th through 9th graders.  Learn more and register at unlimited.momath.org.
 
MoMath activities at the Joint Math Meetings (JMM), San Diego
Wednesday, January 10, through Saturday, January 13

If you're attending JMM this year, stop by MoMath's booth (number 309) and take home some great mathematical souvenirs.  Plus, don't miss an awesome lineup of activities at the booth.  Learn more at jmm.momath.org.
  • Thursday, January 11, 10:15 – 10:45: Meet prizewinning author GuÌ?nter M. Ziegler!  Grab copies of his books and get them autographed, too.
  • Thursday, January 11, 12:30 – 1:15: Join MoMath as Paul Zeitz subjects you to mathematically sound sucker bets.  You will lose, but will learn to inflict those bets on others.
  • Thursday, January 11, 2:00 – 2:20: Learn some great rope tricks, geometric optical illusions, and mime illusions with Tim Chartier and MoMath!
  • Thursday, January 11, 3:30 – 4:30: Enjoy Mathematical Magic as Art Benjamin dazzles you with feats of presti-digit-ation!  Art will have copies of his books, too!
  • Friday, January 12, 10:30 – 11:15: Join MoMath for a meet and greet with stand-up mathematician Matt Parker.  Copies of Matt’s book will be available and he’ll also sign your calculator.  Or just come and chat about your favorite number!
  • Friday, January 12, 11:45 – 12:30: Join MoMath, AIM, and the Global Math Project’s James Tanton for a “Weird Lottery” at the MoMath booth!  Can you devise a strategy to win a huge pile of candy?
  • Friday, January 12, 2:30 – 3:15: Check out some of Henry Segerman’s unusual and beautiful 3D prints and take home a signed copy of his book!
Volumes, the MoMath book club: A Mathematician's Lament by Paul Lockhart
Wednesday, January 17, 6:30 pm
A Mathematician's Lament: How Schools Cheat Us Out of Our Most Fascinating and Imaginative Art Form is a short book on the pedagogics and philosophy of mathematics by Paul Lockhart, originally a research mathematician, but for many years now, a math teacher at Saint Ann's School in Brooklyn, New York.  Characterized as a strongly worded opinion piece arguing for an aesthetic, intuitive, and heuristic approach to teaching and the importance of mathematics teaching reforms, the book frames learning mathematics as an artistic and imaginative pursuit which is not reflected at all in the way the subject is taught in the American educational system.  Join us for a lively discussion at Volumes, the MoMath
book club!  Register at volumes.momath.org.
 
Roundtable, the MoMath Math Teachers' Circle
Thursday, January 18, 5:00 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.

 
Musical Mathematics: Come explore the relationship between math and music!  Pythagoras once said, "There is geometry in the humming of the strings; there is music in the spacing of the spheres.”  How do vibrating strings and simple ratios inform the Western musical tradition?  Is it possible to perfectly tune an instrument using simple ratios?  How do the natural frequencies of objects lead to the development of new musical instruments?  Join Paul Gallagher from MIT in this mathematical and musical adventure.  Learn more and register at roundtable.momath.org.
 
Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: "The Math of Winning" with Paul Gallagher
Friday, January 19, 6:30 pm
In 1996, Deep Blue, IBM's chess-playing computer, shocked the world by defeating Garry Kasparov, then the highest-rated human chess player in the world.  Game-playing machines reached another milestone just this past summer, when Google's AlphaGo AI defeated a human player in Go, a game even more complicated than chess.  Why are some games so much harder than others to solve?  Join MIT’s Paul Gallagher as we play with some simple strategy games and try to discover the winning strategies.  Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.
 
Folding Fun at MoMath with OrigamiUSA
Sunday, January 21, time to be announced
An origami expert from OrigamiUSA will be on hand at MoMath to teach simple origami models to learners of all ages.  Challenge yourself to master one or two models, and explore the wonder of paper folding.  There's math in every fold!  Free with Museum admission; no pre-registration required.
 
Exploding Dots, the Global Phenomenon: a day of professional development at MoMath
Monday, January 29, 9:30 am
Join master educator, mathematician, and Global Math Project founder James Tanton as he brings his worldwide phenomenon, Exploding Dots, back to the NY area.  Push a simple mathematical construct to the max, experience deep creative discovery firsthand, and see why over one million students and teachers from 168 different countries and territories participated in the world’s inaugural Global Math Week last October.  Sign up today to catch James and hear the astounding story that unites the K-12 curriculum and beyond in one incredible fell swoop.  Topics covered include the incredible power of place value, grade-school algorithms, decimals, irrational numbers, polynomials and their algebra, infinite
sums, and more!  Learn more and register at pd.momath.org.
 
Math Encounters: "The Fabric of Symmetry: connecting mathematics and fiber arts" with Susan Goldstine
Wednesday, February 7, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
What do knitting, embroidery, and beadwork tell us about symmetry?  What does symmetry tell us about design in textiles?  Join us in an exploration of contemporary mathematical fiber arts with Susan Goldstine, Professor of Mathematics at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and Associate Editor of the Journal of Mathematics and the Arts.  Light refreshments will be served after the 4:00 pm session and immediately before the 7:00 pm session.  Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.  Plus, earn a free Math Encounters t-shirt… see friendme.momath.org.
 
Rosenthal Prize for Inspiration and Innovation in Math Teaching
Wednesday, February 7, 6:45 pm

Join us for the exciting announcement of the 2017 winners of the Rosenthal Prize.  It's not too late to sign up for the 2018 program — you too can win $25,000!  Visit rosenthal.momath.org for more information.
 
Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: "Making Connections" with Mircea Draghicescu
Friday, February 9, 6:30 pm
The creators of ITSPHUN are back with a new construction toy!  Connect the spiral curlygons to build intricate mathematical art objects and discover interesting connections between geometry, topology, and graph theory.  Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.
 
Roundtable, the MoMath Math Teachers' Circle
Thursday, February 15, 5:00 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.
 
Games of Chance and Life Lessons: Probability underlies many games of chance, but it's not all fun and games.  Is cell phone insurance a good idea?  What about auto or home insurance?  How does FEMA decide if it’s going to go in and rescue people in a disaster?  Join Phil Dituri to play some games and learn some life lessons, all at the same time.  Learn more and register at roundtable.momath.org.
 
Quadrivium featuring Marcus Miller
Saturday, February 17, 7:00 pm
Join MoMath at Quadrivium, a new monthly after-hours event at MoMath that brings together the creative and technical communities in NYC and creates a space where learning and growth are filled with fun, wonder, and warmth.  Jazz saxophone player Marcus Miller will host the monthly gatherings at MoMath, conversing with experts in various fields of art and science.  Utilizing both “fireside chat” and “panelist” formats, Marcus will moderate and interview speakers, focusing on how mathematics and art are involved in their fields.  Each discussion will begin and end with live musical performances that highlight the concepts discussed.  Afterwards, guests are invited to mingle in an
informal and celebratory setting with healthy food, non-alcoholic drinks, dancing, and conversation.  This will be a space for new friends and expanded horizons.  Don't miss the debut event, focusing on probability.  Learn more and register at quadrivium.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.


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