2018.05 May-June

Dear MoMath friends,

Math shows up all around us: in the way we count votes in an election, in music and jingles, in popular toys like LEGO, and even in the oceans surrounding us and the heavens above us.  Don’t miss the latest upcoming events at MoMath to learn more, including how math has been used to defend our nation, to discover new heavenly bodies, and even to win an Academy Award!

MoMath at a Glance  
Fri, April 27 FREE exclusive tour of the M.C. Escher collection at the National Gallery of Art
Fri, April 27 Volunteer with MoMath in Washington, D.C.!
Fri, April 27 MoMath's MM2GO in Washington, D.C.
Fri, April 27 Manhattan MoMathlon middle school math tournament
Wed, May 2 Math Encounters: "Math for Democracy: The Mathematics of Voting Redistricting" with Ben Blum-Smith
Fri, May 4 Bronx MoMathlon middle school math tournament
Sat, May 5 Equilibrium, an adult evening of mathematical games
Sun, May 6 Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: Further Adventures of Penrose the Mathematical Cat by Theoni Pappas
Sun, May 6 Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for middle and early high school students
Tues, May 8 The Math of Astronomy: Music of the Spheres with Lowell Observatory / U.S. Navy astronomer Gerard van Belle
Thurs, May 10 Volumes, the MoMath Book Club: Pi of Life: The Hidden Happiness of Mathematics with special guest, author Sunil Singh
Fri, May 11 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: "Fractal Waves: Oceans, LEGO, and the Mathematics of Happiness" with Sunil Singh
Sun, May 13 Folding Fun at MoMath with OrigamiUSA (free with Museum admission)
Sun, May 20 Staten Island Day: free entry for Staten Island residents from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Tue, May 22 Real Math: Hear four success stories based on mathematics!
Thurs, May 24 Open Set 2018: A Night of Original Musical Performance
Weds, May 30 Understanding the Mathematics of Blackjack, with Blackjack Hall of Fame member and author Don Schlesinger
Sat, June 2 Equilibrium, an adult evening of mathematical games
Sun, June 3 Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens
Sun, June 3 Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for middle and early high school students
Wed, June 6 Math Encounters: "From Fairy Tales to Finite Elements: How Mathematics Connects with Fiction" with Manil Suri
Sun, June 12 Folding Fun at MoMath with OrigamiUSA (free with Museum admission)
Thurs, June 21 Math is Sexy – MoMath celebrates Pride with a late-night party
Fri, June 22 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: "Pascal’s Triangle and 'Interesting' Numbers" with Char Morrow
Weekends MoMath's Derivatives tour program and Explorations sessions, available upon request

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Hackers, save the date! MoMath’s hackathon returns on July 14 and 15 this summer, made possible by the generous support of Two Sigma.

Sign up now for 2018 Transformations summer camp at MoMath!
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.

Perspectives: The MoMath Summer College Program
Each summer, MoMath offers Perspectives, a full-time 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 final applications for summer 2018 positions — don’t hesitate; the application window closes soon.  Information on the program is available at volunteers.momath.org.

High school students: Volunteer at MoMath on weekends during the 2018-2019 school year.
High school students with a love of math can become a part of MoMath.  Gain valuable experience while helping others and add something unique to your college applications.  Applications for 2018-2019 high school volunteer positions (starting in September 2018) are now available at volunteers.momath.org.

MoMath’s Extensions school presentation program returns — LAST CHANCE THIS YEAR!
Don't miss your last chance to experience MoMath’s popular Extensions program, available one last time before the school year comes to an end, from May 18 to June 1.  This hour-long presentation takes place in your school and showcases math in unusual places, including demonstrations of some unusual musical "instruments" and an exploration of geometry using balloons.  Request a presentation at extensions.momath.org; limited spaces remain.

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 MonthGömböc
The "Gömböc" is the first known homogenous object with one stable and one unstable equilibrium point.  If placed on a horizontal surface in an arbitrary position, the Gömböc returns to the stable equilibrium point, similar to weeble toys.  However, while weebles rely on a weight in the bottom, the Gömböc consists of homogenous material — it's the shape itself that accounts for self-righting!  Click here to learn more, or stop by Additions, the shop at MoMath.


Exclusive tour of the M.C. Escher collection at the National Gallery of Art
Friday, April 27, 10:00 am and 2:00 pm in Washington, D.C.

Once again, David Masunaga and MoMath have made special arrangements with the National Gallery of Art (NGA) in Washington, D.C. to lead participants through masterpieces of its famed M.C. Escher collection, one of the world's largest and most complete collections of his works.  The focus will be on Escher’s analytic elements of design, his intuitive geometric sense, and his brilliant printmaking techniques.  Learn more and register at eschertour.momath.orgPlease note, space is very limited for this exclusive event.

Volunteer with MoMath in Washington, D.C.
Friday, April 27 in Washington, D.C.

MoMath is looking for enthusiastic, math-savvy volunteers to help set up MoMath’s traveling exhibition, Math Midway 2 Go, a series of hands-on, interactive exhibits, and help visitors discover the wonder and beauty of mathematics.  The Museum is looking for volunteers able to work for one or more of three shifts: set up from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm, exhibit facilitation with visitors from 4:45 pm to 7:15 pm, or break down from 7:15 pm to 9:15 pm.  Note: You do not have to volunteer for the entire time.  High school students and adults welcome: learn more and register at dcvolunteer.momath.org.

MoMath's MM2GO in Washington, D.C.
Friday, April 27, 5:15 pm in Washington, D.C.

Add a little math to your spring!  Don’t miss MoMath's Math Midway 2 Go (MM2GO) at the Carnegie Institution for Science from 5:15 to 7:15 pm on Friday, April 27.  This suite of six engaging, hands-on exhibits highlights the wonders of mathematics for visitors of all ages.  Slice shapes with lasers to discover surprising cross sections with the Ring of Fire, challenge your friends to find the fastest curve on the Roller Graphicoaster, and crank up the math tunes using the Organ Function Grinder.  Thanks to the generous support of OppenheimerFunds, admission is free, but advance registration is required at dcmm2go.momath.org.  Space is limited; first come, first served.

Math Encounters: "Math for Democracy: The Mathematics of Voting Redistricting" with Ben Blum-Smith
Wednesday, May 2, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Since the earliest days of the Republic, lawmakers have drawn legislative districts to entrench their party's power — a practice known as gerrymandering, after Elbridge Gerry, the Massachusetts governor who signed a particularly partisan map into law in 1812.  Math has made modern gerrymandering more effective than ever before, but now math is being used to fight gerrymandering as well.  Join mathematician and educator Ben Blum-Smith and discover how recent advances in mathematics are being used to work for fairer elections.  Special introduction by Dan Zaharopol, Executive Director, The Art of Problem Solving Initiative & Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics.  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.

Register now for the Bronx MoMathlon middle school math tournament
Friday, May 4

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.  It’s not too late to sign up for the last tournament of the year — NYC area middle schools welcome.  Learn more and register at momathlon.momath.org.

Equilibrium, an adult evening of mathematical games
Saturday, May 5, 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: Further Adventures of Penrose the Mathematical Cat by Theoni Pappas
Sunday, May 6, 5:30 pm

Tweens and teens, there’s a book club for you, too!  Join Penrose, the mathematical cat, as he discovers the rep-tiles, meets x, crosses pi’s path, learns that mathematical doughnuts are not for dunking, and tantalizes, teases, and perplexes us with his puzzles and games.  Learn more and register at tweenprimes.momath.org.

Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for middle and early high school students
Sunday, May 6, 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 10th graders.  Learn more and register at unlimited.momath.org.

The Math of Astronomy: Music of the Spheres
Tuesday, May 8, 6:00 pm

Science is often detective work, looking for patterns in the chaos of the world around us.  These patterns are in many ways akin to the notes and measures in a passage of music.  Researchers benefit from mathematical tools which empower them to distill patterns from a clutter of distractions, in much the same way one can pick out a distant melody against the background of a noisy room.  A powerful mathematical technique will be introduced and explored, from the perspective of an astrophysicist who uses it to explore the universe at the highest levels of resolution: MoMath is delighted to welcome Gerard van Belle, Astronomer & Director, Navy Precision Optical Interferometer.

Note: This talk will coincide with Jupiter being at opposition on May 8th, 20:28 EDT, meaning it will be at its brightest, closest approach; with a pair of binoculars the Galilean satellites of Jupiter should be easily observable.  Learn more and register at astronomer.momath.org.

Volumes, the MoMath Book Club: Pi of Life: The Hidden Happiness of Mathematics by Sunil Singh
Thursday, May 10, 6:30 pm

Join author Sunil Singh and MoMath at Volumes, the MoMath book club, to discuss Sunil’s book Pi of Life: The Hidden Happiness of Mathematics.  Is the most important language in the universe also capable of making us happy in simple and profound ways?  Can we really weave the foundations of lifelong joy — humility, gratitude, connection, etc. — through the apparent complexity of numbers?  Have we oversold the practicality of mathematics, while ignoring its larger and more human purposes — happiness?  In Pi of Life: The Hidden Happiness of Mathematics, Sunil Singh takes the readers on a unique adventure, discovering that all the elements that are essential for lifelong happiness
are deeply intertwined with the magic of mathematics.  Learn more and register at volumes.momath.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: "Fractal Waves: Oceans, LEGO, and the Mathematics of Happiness" with Sunil Singh
Friday, May 11, 6:30 pm

Have you ever been to the ocean?  Have you ever wondered why staring at the rolling waves of water is so calming and peaceful, or why looking at the ocean may make you feel a sudden burst of happiness?  Wonder no more!  Sunil Singh, author of Pi of Life: The Hidden Happiness of Mathematics, will not only explain why, but will demonstrate the relationship of rolling waves to the magic of fractals — nature’s mathematical gift of self-similarity — with an amazing building activity involving precisely 1,024 pieces of LEGO.  Come learn the compelling history of fractals and leave feeling… happy!  Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.

Folding Fun at MoMath with OrigamiUSA
Sunday, May 13, 12:00 pm to 2:00 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.

Staten Island Day
Sunday, May 20, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

MoMath welcomes our friends from Staten Island!  Bring your driver license or other proof of Staten Island residency and enjoy free admission to the nation’s only Museum of Math from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.  If you’ve never visited MoMath before, now’s the perfect time to explore the wonders of mathematics.  Tell your friends and neighbors — admission is FREE for all Staten Island residents.  For more information, visit statenisland.momath.org.

Real Math: Hear Four Success Stories Based on Mathematics
Tuesday, May 22, 6:00 pm

Are you a high school senior who likes math?  Not quite sure what you can do as a math major?  Well, wonder no more!  Come hear from four math majors who took very diverse paths in their highly successful careers.  During this open panel discussion, you’ll be encouraged to ask any questions you like of these very accomplished people, everything from how they ended up in the fields they chose to questions about how you might best position yourself to enter that field.  Plus, the Museum’s lower level exhibits will be open just for you after the event — stick around to mix and mingle with the panelists, to chat with other graduating seniors, and to enjoy the nation’s only Museum of Math. 
It’s a perfect time to visit, with AP exams behind you and graduation yet to come — and to hear more about careers in math from these very inspiring people!  Undergraduates considering a major in math and high school underclassmen are also welcome to attend.  For more information and to register, visit real.momath.org.

Featured panelists:

• Julia Kempe is a mathematician and computer scientist.  Her academic research focused on quantum computing while she was a Professor at Tel Aviv University and at the University of Paris.  Six years ago, she switched gears and now works in quantitative finance.

• Alex Kontorovich is a Professor of Mathematics at Rutgers and currently a von Neumann Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.  He has a BA in Mathematics from Princeton, a PhD from Columbia, and taught at Brown, Stony Brook, and Yale before moving to Rutgers.

• Ken Perlin is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at New York University and the Director of the Future Reality Lab.  In 1997, he won an Academy Award for Technical Achievement from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his noise and turbulence procedural texturing techniques, which are widely used in feature films and television.

• David Saltman is the Director of the Center for Communications Research in Princeton, NJ.  Since the 1950s, this Center (part of the IDA, the Institute for Defense Analyses) has performed fundamental research in support of the National Security Agency’s mission in cryptology.  David has also participated in several summer programs hosted by IDA’s research centers to resolve really tough problems, sometimes with remarkable success.

Open Set 2018: A Night of Original Musical Performance
Thursday, May 24, 6:30 pm

Add a little math to your music!  We asked mathemusicians around the world to send us their best original mathematical lyrics or compositions.  Now, you can hear the winners at a special night of live musical performance.  Settle in for an evening of clever lyrics and fun tunes.  Plus, if you're inspired, a few spaces may be available for brave members of the audience to perform on the spot.  Learn more and register at mathmusic.momath.org.

Understanding the Mathematics of Blackjack, with Blackjack Hall of Fame member and author Don Schlesinger
Wednesday, May 30, 6:30 pm

Don Schlesinger, one of the world’s foremost authorities on the game of casino blackjack and author of the highly respected Blackjack Attack: Playing the Pros’ Way, will explain the mathematical principles that apply to the game and why skillful blackjack players can obtain an advantage over the house.  Attendees will learn how the basic strategy of play was derived and will have the opportunity to participate in a demonstration of the Hi-Lo card counting system.  Copies of the book, as well as Don’s Ultimate Blackjack Strategy Cards, will be on sale and the author will be signing.  Learn more and register at blackjack.momath.org.

Equilibrium, an adult evening of mathematical games
Saturday, June 2, 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: Book to be announced
Sunday, June 3, 5:30 pm

Tweens and teens, there’s a book club for you, too!  Join MoMath at Tween Primes for an interesting discussion and to make new friends.  Learn more and register at tweenprimes.momath.org.

Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for middle and early high school students
Sunday, June 3, 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 10th graders.  Learn more and register at unlimited.momath.org.

Math Encounters: "From Fairy Tales to Finite Elements: How Mathematics Connects with Fiction" with Manil Suri
Wednesday, June 6, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Join mathematician, bestselling novelist, and frequent New York Times op-ed writer Manil Suri on a fascinating exploration of the mathematical essence of fiction.  Discover how we use some of the same mathematical techniques whether plotting fairy tales or solving engineering problems, or engaging in a diversity of other disciplines.  Special introduction by Cheryl Young, Executive Director of the MacDowell Colony, an artists’ colony that has supported winners of at least 79 Pulitzer Prizes, 781 Guggenheim Fellowships, 100 Rome Prizes, 30 National Book Awards, 26 Tony Awards, 24 MacArthur Fellowships, 9 Grammys, 8 Oscars, and 8 National Medals for the Arts.  Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.  Plus, earn a free Math Encounters t-shirt… see friendme.momath.org.

Folding Fun at MoMath with OrigamiUSA
Sunday, June 12, 12:00 pm to 2:00 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 is Sexy – MoMath celebrates Pride with a late-night party
Thursday, June 21, 8:00 pm to midnight

Join MoMath in a celebration of diversity and inclusion, courtesy of our friends at OppenheimerFunds.  Food, drinks, music, dancing, and math — don’t miss the geek chic event of the season!  $25 early bird tickets through June 1.  Learn more and register at pride.momath.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: "Pascal’s Triangle and 'Interesting' Numbers" with Char Morrow
Friday, June 22, 6:30 pm

What do the numbers 1, 3, 6, 10, 15, 20, 21, 28… have in common?  And why are they so interesting to mathematicians, to statisticians, and even to artists?  Pascal's Triangle provides a “catalog” listing all such numbers.  If you don’t already know about this magical triangle — or even if you do — you won't want to miss the hands-on exploration of this incredibly fascinating collection of numbers, guided by Char Morrow, Faculty Emeritus, Mount Holyoke College and Chair, Board of Directors, OrigamiUSA.  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.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!

Have you tried out for Varsity Math yet?
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