2018.03 March-April

Dear MoMath friends,

Gaze into a mathematical mirror at MoMath’s new Reflections show, opening this week!  Then create your own anamorphic reflections, explore the connections between simple assumptions and their complex consequences, discover the stories of the trailblazing women of Wall Street, and get to know an eccentric mathematical genius through discussion with the author who followed his story for ten years.  Plus, don’t miss your chance to learn life lessons from poker champion Annie Duke, and parents, summer camp registration opens on Pi Day!

MoMath at a Glance  
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submissions
Open Set — MoMath's Song Contest
Tue, February 27 MoMath Masters benefit tournament: Don’t miss the excitement tomorrow night — register now!
Thurs, March 1 Reflections opens in Composite, the gallery at MoMath — Free reception at 6:00 pm
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 Ladies of the Ticker: Women and Wall Street from the Gilded Age to the Great Depression, a fireside chat with author George Robb
Thurs, March 8 Volumes, the MoMath Book Club: The Man Who Loved Only Numbers — author Paul Hoffman attending!
Wed, March 14 Transformations summer camp registration opens on Pi Day
Wed, March 14 Pi Day — Free late-day admission, activities, and pie (while supplies last)
Fri, March 16 Full House: Applying the logic of poker to life, with poker champion Annie Duke
Sat, March 24 Folding Fun at MoMath with OrigamiUSA (free with Museum admission)
Wed, April 4 Math Encounters: "Seeing Symmetry: the Artful Mathematics of Wallpaper Patterns" with Frank A. Farris
Thurs, April 5 Roundtable, the MoMath Math Teachers' Circle: "Geometric Puzzles" with Henri Picciotto
Thurs, April 5 Volumes, the MoMath Book Club
Fri, April 6 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: "Playing with Pentominoes" with Henri Picciotto
Sat, April 7 Equilibrium, an adult evening of mathematical games
Sun, April 8 Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: The Man Who Counted by Malba Tahan
Sun, April 8 Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for 6th through 9th graders
Fri, April 13 Bronx MoMathlon middle school math tournament
Mon, April 16 Westchester MoMathlon middle school math tournament
Wed, April 18 Suffolk County MoMathlon middle school math tournament
Sun, April 22 Folding Fun at MoMath with OrigamiUSA (free with Museum admission)
Mon, April 23 Queens MoMathlon middle school math tournament
Fri, April 27 Manhattan MoMathlon middle school math tournament
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, but don’t delay; the submission window closes soon.  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.  Submit your song at openset.momath.org.

2018 Transformations summer camp registration opens on Pi Day!
Rising first through ninth graders, spend the summer exploring the fun and beauty of mathematics with MoMath’s dynamic camp program.  Campers come back year after year to discover the never-ending wonders of mathematics, so sign up early for a spot.  This year, MoMath introduces the new Gammas level, exclusively for deep-diving seventh through ninth graders!  To learn more, visit summercamp.momath.org.  Online registration opens on Pi Day, March 14th.

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.

Register now for MoMathlon middle school math tournaments in April
Every spring, MoMath provides students with the opportunity to compete in unique middle school math tournaments.  Budding mathematicians can experience the excitement of competition, teamwork, challenge, and prizes, making friends and memories that will inspire them in high school, college, and beyond.  Learn more and register at momathlon.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 – Galton Board
Now you can have your own Galton Board, demonstrating centuries-old mathematical concepts in a compact, playful device.  This mini exhibit puts math in motion right on your desk, illustrating the binomial distribution and more.  Don’t delay… these fly off the shelves just as quickly as we restock them!  Click here to learn more and purchase.


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 exhibition
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.  Reflections features the work of artists Michael Curry and Scott Kim; MoMath is also grateful for the contributions of David Sweet and Alan White.  For more information, visit composite.momath.orgFree opening reception at 6:00 pm on March 1; register at reflections.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.

Ladies of the Ticker: Women and Wall Street from the Gilded Age to the Great Depression, a fireside chat with author George Robb
Thursday, March 8, 5:00 pm

Join MoMath and George Robb, author of Ladies of the Ticker: Women and Wall Street from the Gilded Age to the Great Depression for a fireside chat about his new book, sponsored by OppenheimerFunds in honor of International Women’s Day.

About the book: Long overlooked in histories of finance, women nevertheless played an essential role even as their presence sparked ongoing controversy.  Hetty Green's golden touch brought her millions, but she outraged critics with her rejection of domesticity.  Progressives like Victoria Woodhull, meanwhile, saw financial acumen as more important for women than the vote.  George Robb's pioneering study sheds light on the financial methods, accomplishments, and careers of three generations of women who blazed new trails while sparking public outcry over their unsuitability for the predatory rough-and-tumble of market capitalism.  Entertaining and vivid with details, Ladies
of the Ticker
sheds light on the trailblazers who transformed Wall Street into a place for women.  Learn more and register at ticker.momath.org.

Volumes, the MoMath Book Club, The Man Who Loved Only Numbers: The Story of Paul Erdös and the Search for Mathematical Truth — author Paul Hoffman attending!
Thursday, March 8, 6:30 pm

This masterful biography of Hungarian-born Paul Erdös is both a vivid portrait of an eccentric genius and a layman’s guide to some of this century’s most startling mathematical discoveries.  A mathematical genius of the first order, Paul Erdös was completely obsessed with his subject, thinking and writing about mathematics for nineteen hours a day all while living out of a plastic bag.  Paul Hoffman, in this marvelous biography, gives us a vivid and strangely moving portrait of this singular creature, one that brings out not only Erdös’s genius and his oddness, but also his warmth, sense of fun, and joyfulness about math and life.  Learn more and register at volumes.momath.org.

Pi Day
Wednesday, March 14, 3:00 pm

Celebrate Pi Day at the nation's only Museum of Mathematics.  Free admission and pie from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm (while supplies last).

Full House: Applying the logic of poker to life, with poker champion Annie Duke
Friday, March 16, 6:30 pm

Poker champion turned business consultant Annie Duke discusses her new book, Thinking in Bets.  Join us for this free event and learn how thinking like a gambler can make you a better decision maker.  Plus, enjoy mingling with Annie and others at a post-discussion wine and cheese reception.  Copies of the book will be on sale and the author will be signing.  Gary Marcus, Founder and CEO, Geometric Intelligence (acquired by Uber), NYU Professor, and bestselling author will moderate the discussion.  Learn more and register at fullhouse.momath.org.

Folding Fun at MoMath with OrigamiUSA
Saturday, March 24, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

An origami expert from OrigamiUSA will be on hand at MoMath to teach simple origami models to learners of all ages.  Explore the wonders of paper folding and challenge yourself to master a few models — there's math in every fold!  Free with Museum admission; no pre-registration required.

Math Encounters: "Seeing Symmetry: the Artful Mathematics of Wallpaper Patterns" with Frank A. Farris
Wednesday, April 4, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Join mathematical artist Frank A. Farris for a visually stimulating session about symmetry.  Taking a radical new approach to symmetry, Farris does not create patterns by repeating blocks — the usual "potato stamp” method — but rather teases patterns from mathematical objects called complex waveforms.  Using any photograph as input, Farris' waves can create all kinds of fantastical patterns.  It's fun to view the "before and after" effect as you look back and forth between photograph and wallpaper, but beware: you will leave this session seeing patterns everywhere you look!  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.

Roundtable, the MoMath Math Teachers' Circle
Thursday, April 5, 4:30 pm

Join the MoMath Roundtable!  If you’re an 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.

Geometric Puzzles: Geometric puzzles are accessible to solvers of all ages, but they can also challenge even the most tenacious of solvers.  Join math education author and consultant Henri Picciotto in an exploration of hands-on polyomino puzzles that involve area, perimeter, symmetry, congruence, and scaling — you’ll even participate in some collaborative pentomino research!  Learn more and register at roundtable.momath.org.

Volumes, the MoMath Book Club
Thursday, April 5, 6:30 pm

Join MoMath on April 5 for the next edition of MoMath’s book discussion group.  Watch for more information at volumes.momath.org, coming soon.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: "Playing with Pentominoes" with Henri Picciotto
Friday, April 6, 6:30 pm

Pentominoes are simple to create — just join five equal-sized squares together — but provide a host of classic challenges in the world of recreational mathematics.  Discover them, play with them, and explore a variety of visual puzzles that span the whole range: from kindergarten to adult, from the most accessible to the most challenging, and from the meditative to the maddening.  Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.

Equilibrium, an adult evening of mathematical games
Saturday, April 7, 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 Man Who Counted by Malba Tahan
Sunday, April 8, 5:30 pm

Teens and Tweens, join MoMath at Tween Primes to discuss The Man Who Counted by Malba Tahan.  The Man Who Counted is a series of delightful "Arabian nights"-style tales, with each story built around a classic mathematical puzzle.  The puzzles fit into the stories so naturally that they are a necessary part of the fantasy.  The hero is a Persian mathematician and mystic named Beremiz who uses his powers of calculation like a magic wand to amaze and entertain people, settle disputes, find justice and, finally, win the heart of a beautiful princess.  Reading the stories is as much fun as trying to solve the puzzles.  Learn more and register at tweenprimes.momath.org.

Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for 6th through 9th graders
Sunday, April 8, 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.

Folding Fun at MoMath with OrigamiUSA
Sunday, April 22, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

An origami expert from OrigamiUSA will be on hand at MoMath to teach simple origami models to learners of all ages.  Explore the wonders of paper folding and challenge yourself to master a few models — there's math in every fold!  Free with Museum admission; no pre-registration required.


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.org.  Interested 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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