Dear MoMath friends,
Don’t miss John Urschel at MoMath TONIGHT! From the football field to the field of mathematics, John’s a real pro — get ready for the Super Bowl by meeting John and hearing his most unusual story. Then come back for a broad range of interesting combinations throughout the month: How is math woven into fiber arts? What do games of chance teach us about life? And how can jazz and technology come together in a discussion about probability? Don’t miss the many connections to math, only at MoMath.
|MoMath at a Glance|
|Open Set — MoMath’s Song Contest|
|Tue, January 30||Tackling Math on the Field with John Urschel TONIGHT!|
|Sat, February 3
through Sun, February 4
|Math Midway returns to MoMath|
|Sun, February 4||Test drive PolyGOn|
|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|
|Thurs, February 8||Volumes, the MoMath Book Club: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon|
|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|
|Mon, February 19
through Fri, February 23
|Explorations sessions every day at 2:00 pm|
|Sat, February 24||Equilibrium, an adult evening of mathematical games|
|Sun, February 25||Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon|
|Sun, February 25||Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for 6th through 9th graders|
|Tue, February 27||MoMath Masters benefit tournament: Register today!|
|Thurs, March 1||Opening soon! Reflections opens in Composite, the gallery at MoMath|
|Fri, March 2||Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “Is What You See Really What You Get? The Art of Anamorphosis” with Cathy Wang|
|Sun, March 4||Free Play: a FREE morning at MoMath|
|Wed, March 7||Math Encounters: “From Simplicity to Complexity: What Happens Next?” with Roger Antonsen|
|Thurs, March 8||Volumes, the MoMath Book Club|
|Weekends||MoMath’s Derivatives tour program and Explorations sessions, available upon request|
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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.
Retail Pick of the Month – “Suspend,” a great new family game
Don’t miss this exciting family game of tricky connections and steady hands! Try this hanging balance game and you’ll be hooked. Add bars to a growing tabletop formation, but watch out: each time a bar is added, the balance shifts, the difficulty changes, and the incredible midair sculpture transforms. Can you add more pieces while avoiding collapse? This tricky game for 1-4 players is a test of solid nerves and steady hands. Click here to learn more and purchase.
Tackling Math on the Field TONIGHT!
Tuesday, January 30, 6:00 pm
Don’t miss this exciting pre-Super Bowl event with recently retired NFL player and current math PhD candidate John Urschel! Learn how math is used in decision-making in football and hear about John’s unusual trajectory, both on the field and off. Register at urschel.momath.org.
Math Midway returns to MoMath
Saturday, February 3 – Sunday, February 4
Math Midway 2 Go (MM2GO), based on the traveling exhibition that started it all, is returning to MoMath! Slip into the world of pattern, shape, and number with these interactive, playful exhibits. MM2GO will only be at MoMath for a limited time, so come enjoy this carnival-themed exhibition while it’s here. Exhibits will include Math Unleashed, Organ Function Grinder, Funny Face, Number Line Tightrope, Magician and the Moon, and Plant the Daisy.
Test drive PolyGOn
Sunday, February 4, 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 ongoing development of this exciting new activity.
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. Special introduction by Robert P. Crease, Chair of the Department of Philosophy, Stony Brook University. 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.
Volumes, the MoMath Book Club: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Thursday, February 8, 6:30 pm
Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, fifteen-year-old Christopher struggles with everyday interactions. He lives by patterns, rules, and a diagram kept in his pocket. Then one day, a neighbor’s dog, Wellington, is killed and Christopher’s carefully constructed universe is threatened. Come to Volumes on February 8 and discuss the way mathematics is woven throughout this uniquely engaging story. Learn more and register at volumes.momath.org.
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 an educator who wants to enjoy or improve your relationship with math, especially a K-6 educator, 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 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 hosts these periodic 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.
Explorations: Winter 2018
Monday, February 19 through Friday, February 23, 2:00 pm
MoMath is pleased to offer special Explorations sessions during winter break 2018! Experience a special educator-led session designed for families to enjoy together. Advance registration is required and space is limited, so register today at winterexplorations.momath.org!
Equilibrium, an adult evening of mathematical games
Saturday, February 24, 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: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Sunday, February 25, 5:30 pm
Teens and tweens, join Tween Primes on February 25 to discuss The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. Fifteen-year-old Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057, but struggles with everyday interactions. Join us for an interesting discussion about a story that includes an unsolved crime, a math problem that fooled millions, and insight into what it’s really like to be different. Learn more and register at tweenprimes.momath.org.
Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for 6th through 9th graders
Sunday, February 25, 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 Masters benefit tournament,
Tuesday, February 27, 6:00 pm at Tribeca Rooftop
Join MoMath for another edition of the one-of-a-kind MoMath Masters, the exciting annual competition and charitable fundraiser, hosted this year by two-time former Masters champion John Overdeck. Put your thinking caps on for this fun-filled night, from the entertaining cocktail round right through to the challenging and suspenseful finals. Will USA IMO gold-medal-winning coach Po-Shen Loh regain the title? Participate or just come to watch; a good time is had by all. Reserve your seats now at masters.momath.org.
Reflections: Geometries of the Reflected World — new gallery exhibit, opening soon!
Opening Thursday, March 1
MoMath presents Reflections, an exploration of the intriguing geometries of the reflected world. Reflections have fascinated humanity since time immemorial. The nature of the image we see in a mirror, or in a still body of water, can seem paradoxical and mysterious. Through a series of engaging interactive experiences, Reflections explores the intriguing geometries of the reflected world, revealing profound truths about the very nature of space. For more information, visit composite.momath.org.
Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “Is What You See Really What You Get? The Art of Anamorphosis” with Cathy Wang
Friday, March 2, 6:30 pm
“It’s all about the perspective!” This is a saying we often hear in our daily lives, but can we explore its meaning through art? An anamorphosis is a deformed image projection that appears in its true form when viewed with a special device or from a unique vantage point. Join us in investigating the anamorphoses used in several unique and surprising art pieces, then use a little bit of math to create your very own cylindrical mirror anamorphosis. After all, it’s all about the perspective! Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.
Free Play: A FREE morning at MoMath
Sunday, March 4, 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: “From Simplicity to Complexity: What Happens Next?” with Roger Antonsen
Wednesday, March 7, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Simple assumptions often give rise to surprising and delightful consequences. Think about games and puzzles like chess and Rubik’s cube, where enormous complexity arises from simple rules. The same is true of cellular automata, juggling, fractals, and more! Discover how creative computer programming can be used to explore mathematical structures as Roger Antonsen, computer scientist and award-winning math communicator, presents a visual and playful talk on the connections between simple assumptions and their complex consequences. 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.
Volumes, the MoMath Book Club
Thursday, March 8, 6:30 pm
Join MoMath on March 8 for the next edition of MoMath’s book discussion group. Watch for more information, coming soon.
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.
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