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|
|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.
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.
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.
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.
club for tweens and teens. Learn more and register at tweenprimes.momath.org.
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.
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!
book club! Register at volumes.momath.org.
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.
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.
sums, and more! Learn more and register at pd.momath.org.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.org. Interested in sponsoring a field trip? Email email@example.com.
See what mathematicians think is beautiful about mathematics at beautiful.momath.org. Now featuring Stephen Wolfram!
Spread the MoMath word
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Join the MoMath community
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “MoMath integrator.” Please include a cover letter, current résumé, 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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