2018.06 June-July

Dear MoMath friends,

Step into summer with MoMath!  Learn to beat the house at blackjack, find connections between fiction writing and mathematics, stop by the Flatiron Plaza for a bit of interactive fun in the sun, and take a mathematical tour of beautiful Madison Square Park.  Plus, don't miss the hottest MoMath event of the year, as MoMath celebrates diversity and inclusion with its annual Pride event.  All adults are welcome to this late-night event with music, drinks, and partying on Manhattan's most interactive dance floor.  Can't make it on the 21st?  The party continues on the 23rd, with the third installation of Quadrivium, this time featuring global phenom James Tanton along with jazz saxophonist Marcus
Miller and musical director Mark Gross for an all-ages evening of math, music, and fun.

MoMath at a Glance  
Wed, May 30 Understanding the Mathematics of Blackjack, with Blackjack Hall of Fame member and author Don Schlesinger
Fri and Sat
June 1 and 2
Info Sessions: Learn more about Transformations, the summer camp at MoMath!
Sat, June 2 Equilibrium, an adult evening of mathematical games
Sun, June 3 Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: More Math Adventures with Penrose the Mathematical Cat by Theoni Pappas
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
Thurs, June 7 Math Rediscovered! — Professional Development Day
Sun, June 10 Folding Fun at MoMath with OrigamiUSA (free with Museum admission)
Thurs, June 21 MoMath Solstice Sundial: celebrate the start of summer on the Flatiron Plaza with MoMath
Thurs, June 21 Math is Sexy – MoMath celebrates Pride with a late-night party, courtesy of OppenheimerFunds
Fri, June 22 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: "Pascal’s Triangle and Interesting Numbers" with Char Morrow
Sat, June 23 Quadrivium, featuring Marcus Miller, Mark Gross, and James Tanton!
Mon, July 2 2018 Transformations summer camp at MoMath kicks off!
Wed, July 4 MoMath is OPEN
Thurs, July 5 Mathem-Antics! Join us for a wild and crazy adventure with math.
Wed, July 11 NOTE this is the second Wednesday of the month.  Math Encounters: "Calculated Movements: The Surprising Connections Between Math and Dance" with Karl Schaffer
Fri, July 13 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: "Powers of Two" with Ron Lancaster
Sat, July 14
& Sun, July 15
Expressions: The MoMath hackathon, sponsored by Two Sigma
Sat, July 14 Math Walk in the Park, with Ron Lancaster
Sun, July 15 Folding Fun at MoMath with OrigamiUSA (free with Museum admission)
Weekends MoMath's Derivatives tour program and Explorations sessions, available upon request

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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.  Use code "gammas20off" to receive 20% off registration for rising seventh through ninth graders (offer expires June 15th).

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, and applications received by June 30 will be given top priority for acceptance into the program.

Weekend programs for families
Take a tour with MoMath’s Derivatives 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 MonthMartin's Menace
While away the lazy days of summer with Martin's Menace, an original Stewart Coffin puzzle named after one of the greatest puzzle minds of the 20th century, Martin Gardner.  Martin referred to this as "the finest dissection puzzle of all time” after his week-long efforts to solve it were in vain.  Made of four different hardwoods, Martin's Menace is a perfect gift for Father's Day or for the puzzle-lover in your life.  Click here to learn more, or stop by Additions, the shop at MoMath.


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.

Info Sessions: Learn more about Transformations, the summer camp at MoMath!
Friday and Saturday, June 1 and 2

Parents, register today to attend a free information session for prospective camp families on Friday, June 1 or Saturday, June 2.  Camp staff will provide an overview of summer camp at MoMath, lead sample activities, and answer specific questions.  Attendance is optional for children.  Transformations is for rising 1st through 9th graders.  See summercamp.momath.org for session options and to register in advance.

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: More Math Adventures with Penrose the Mathematical Cat by Theoni Pappas
Sunday, June 3, 5:30 pm

Tweens and teens, there’s a book club for you, too!  Join MoMath at Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens, to discuss More Math Adventures with Penrose the Mathematical Cat by Theoni Pappas.  Penrose, the famous mathematically-minded cat, is at it again.  Join Penrose on all new math adventures as he brings the world of mathematics to life with amusing, fascinating, and exciting stories.  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.

Math Rediscovered! — Professional Development Day
Thursday, June 7, 8:00 am

Thinking about a field trip to the National Museum of Mathematics?  To get the most out of your future visit, join us for a morning of exploration and discovery.  Led by MoMath’s Chief of Education, Dr. Nat Stahl, you’ll learn about the mathematics behind several of the Museum’s exhibits, how they relate to school curriculum, and the Museum’s unique approach to pedagogy.  You’ll come away with strategies and questions to help your students learn, discover, and develop growth mindsets during a visit to MoMath.  The best part?  This exclusive gathering takes place before the Museum opens to the public, giving participants a quiet space to engage with exhibits and share ideas.  We
hope to see you there!  Learn more and register at rediscovered.momath.org.

Metro Math — Professional Development Day
Tuesday, November 6, 9:30 am

Educators, mark your calendars now for an exciting day of mathematical discovery this fall.  Taxicabs, the NYC metro, and the British rail all serve as a backdrop for an exploration of bizarre alternative concepts of distance.  Don’t miss this unusual day of hands-on professional development on November 6 — and take advantage of deep early bird savings if you register by June 22.  Learn more and register at metro.momath.org.

Folding Fun at MoMath with OrigamiUSA
Sunday, June 10, 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.

MoMath Solstice Sundial
Thursday, June 21 7:30 am to 6:30 pm at the Flatiron Plaza (between 23rd St., 5th Ave., and Broadway)

Cast your shadow to mark the time on the longest day of the year.  Join MoMath in creating a large-scale human sundial and leave your personal mark on a giant sundial banner.  This drop-in event is great for the whole family!  Learn more at solstice.momath.org

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.  This event is for adults 21+ and includes an open bar.  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.

Quadrivium, featuring Marcus Miller, Mark Gross, and James Tanton!
Saturday, June 23, 8:00 pm

Jazz musicians and mathematicians view their work in much the same way: mastery of theory, problem solving, skill sets, and joyous, spontaneous creation are all part of the deep history and the ongoing development of jazz and mathematics.  Quadrivium, a new Math + Music after-hours event at MoMath hosted by jazz saxophonist Marcus Miller, brings together the creative and technical communities in NYC and creates a space where learning and growth are filled with fun, wonder, and warmth.  The next installment of the series will feature Mark Gross, the musical director of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center Jazz Education, and James Tanton, Chair of the MoMath Advisory Council, Mathematician in Residence at the Mathematical
Association of America, and founder of the Global Math Project.  Stick around after the talk for live music, refreshments, and an alcohol-free dance party on Manhattan’s coolest dance floor!  Learn more and register at quadrivium.momath.org.

Mathem-Antics!
Thursday, July 5, 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm

The fireworks may be over but at MoMath, the explosive delights are just beginning!  Steve Sherman, Chief Imagination Officer and Executive Daydreamer, Living Maths, joins us from South Africa for an exclusive appearance, one day only.  Don’t miss this exciting, action-packed show that will take you on a journey of discovery filled with Eureka!  moments and side-splitting laughter.  Be prepared to have your mind tickled and your brain massaged as Steve’s crazy antics, coupled with loads of audience participation, leave you smiling from ear to ear.  Learn more and register at mathem-antics.momath.org.

Math Encounters: "Calculated Movements: The Surprising Connections Between Math and Dance" with Karl Schaffer
Wednesday, July 11, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Employing performance excerpts, audience interactions, and engaging visuals, choreographer and mathematician Karl Schaffer will demonstrate how the seemingly disparate disciplines of dance and math inspire each other.  Shape and geometry, pattern and symmetry, counting and estimation, design and structure, coherence and logic, time and space, and, perhaps most importantly, a reverence for elegant solutions, provide a shared framework for a fascinating demonstration of how the creative process is the fundamental fuel that drives human achievement across disciplines.  Special introduction by Presidential Award-winning educator Dave Masunaga.  Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.  Plus, earn a free Math Encounters t-shirt… see friendme.momath.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: "Powers of Two" with Ron Lancaster
Friday, July 13, 6:30 pm

Solve a puzzle based on eliminating cards from a pile and study a related magic trick; play the four numbers game; watch candy being made in South Korea; view photographs of windows; perform a stunt with a telephone book; and read poems by an award-winning Canadian poet.  In each of these activities, powers of two will make an unexpected — and unexpectedly powerful — appearance.  Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.

Expressions: The MoMath hackathon
Saturday, July 14, 10:00 am through Sunday, July 15, 5:00 pm

Join the MoMath technology team for its second annual weekend of fun and creation, courtesy of the generous support of Two Sigma.  Get a behind-the-scenes look at the tech that makes the magic happen and a sneak peek at some of the exciting new projects in the works.  Hack in teams to imagine how the latest augmented reality platforms can be used to expand an exhibit experience beyond the physical world, develop interactive web features and demonstrations of your favorite mathematical topics, or experiment with software development kits for two of the Museum’s breathtaking exhibits, Dynamic Wall and Math Square.  Winning projects may be incorporated into the Museum experience!  Learn more and register
at hackathon.momath.org.

Math Walk in the Park, with Ron Lancaster
Saturday, July 14, 11:30 am and 2:30 pm

Put on a pair of imaginary mathematical glasses with MoMath and internationally acclaimed educator Ron Lancaster.  Take a tour through beautiful Madison Square Park to find a host of hidden mathematical objects, including hexagons, chessboards, and even a mysterious appearance of the Fibonacci sequence hundreds of feet above the park!  Discover the math in New York's iconic Flatiron Building and take a mathematical look at ice cream prices and queuing theory at the Shake Shack.  Space is limited to just 30 lucky participants per tour.  Register now to join the fun: mathwalk.momath.org.

Folding Fun at MoMath with OrigamiUSA
Sunday, July 15, 2:00 pm to 4:00 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.


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