2018.08 August-September

Dear MoMath friends,

Beat the heat at MoMath and see what millions of people are buzzing about: buzzfeed.momath.org.  Summer highlights include math in the courtroom and math on the plaza: join us for the NYC Math Festival to enjoy puzzles, games, interactive exhibits, and the largest-ever bagel-juggling demonstration!

Plus, MoMath is delighted to welcome Fields Medalist Manjul Bhargava for the coming year.  Don’t miss Manjul’s inaugural program, a minicourse on Math and Magic that is a longstanding favorite among Princeton students.

MoMath at a Glance  
Wed, Aug 1 Math Encounters: "Just Math: How Math Provides Fairness and Balance in the Courtroom" with Leila Schneps
Fri, Aug 17 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: "The Art of Symmetry" with David Reimann
Sat, Aug 18 The Third Annual NYC Math Festival at Fosun Plaza, 28 Liberty St.
Wed, Sept 5 Math Encounters: "Lost in Space: How Data and Information are Governed by High-Dimensional Geometry" with Henry Cohn
Thurs, Sept 6 Blackjack 2 with Don Schlesinger
Fri, Sept 7 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: "Impossible Tangles, Impossible Braids" with James Tanton
Beginning Wed,
Sept 12
Math & Magic with Manjul, an eight-week minicourse with Fields Medalist Manjul Bhargava
Thurs, Sept 13 Losing the Nobel Prize: A book discussion with Brian Keating
Beginning Fri,
Sept 14
Symmetry Code: Exploring Symmetry Using the Wolfram Language, a computer programming course for 7th through 12th graders
Sat, Sept 15 Quadrivium, MoMath’s Math plus Music Salon, featuring Marcus Miller and Bobby Sanabria
Sun, Sept 16 Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: The Annotated Alice by Lewis Carroll, with notes by Martin Gardner
Sun, Sept 16 Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for students in 7th through 10th grades
Thurs, Sept 20 Volumes, the MoMath book club: When Einstein Walked with Gödel: Excursions to the Edge of Thought featuring author Jim Holt
Sat, Sept 22 Equilibrium, an adult evening of mathematical games
Tues, Sept 25 Hello World! with University College London senior lecturer Hannah Fry
Tues, Oct 2 Maths Inspiration, Live on Stage!  Brought to you by the National Museum of Mathematics and featuring math comedian Matt Parker
Thurs, Oct 11 The Math of Particle Physics, with CERN researcher James Beacham
Mon, Oct 29
to Weds, Oct 31
MATRIX 2018: MoMath’s biennial math outreach conference in Barcelona, Spain
Weekends MoMath's Derivatives tour program and Explorations sessions, available upon request

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There are just a few weeks remaining for Transformations, the 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 now for one of the last remaining spots.  This year, MoMath introduces the new Gammas level, exclusively for deep-diving seventh through ninth graders!  To learn more, visit summercamp.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 are now available at volunteers.momath.org.

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 Picks of the Month

When Einstein Walked with Gödel by Jim Holt
Spending some time on the beach this summer?  Pick up When Einstein Walked with Gödel by Jim Holt, then attend a discussion with the author at Volumes, the MoMath book club.  See below for details and to register.  Click here to purchase the book online, or stop by Additions, the shop at MoMath.

SET: The Family Game of Visual Perception
Keep your reflexes sharp with SET, one of the most award-winning games of all time.  Fast-moving and fun, SET is perfect for any get-together with family and friends.  Click here to purchase SET online, or stop by Additions, the shop at MoMath.


Math Encounters: "Just Math: How Math Provides Fairness and Balance in the Courtroom" with Leila Schneps
Wednesday, August 1, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Join author and mathematician Leila Schneps in an interactive exploration of mathematics in the courtroom.  Take your seat as a member of the MoMath "jury" and make the best decision you can… then find out what math says about your conclusions.  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: "The Art of Symmetry" with David Reimann
Friday, August 17, 6:30 pm

Symmetry is all around us — it naturally occurs in the human body and in animals; it’s designed into things like chairs, wallpaper, cars, and buildings; it’s an important feature of soccer balls and Platonic solids; it’s even a basic part of the MoMath logo!  Now’s your chance to design your own symmetric art: join Albion College mathematics and computer science professor David Reimann, an artist who uses symmetry in his work, as he describes the different types of symmetry and guides us through an evening of fun mathematical creativity.  Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.

The Third Annual NYC Math Festival
Saturday, August 18, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Fosun Plaza, 28 Liberty St.
Sponsored by OppenheimerFunds

Add a little math to your summer!  MoMath is pleased to present the third annual NYC Math Festival on Saturday, August 18, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, providing a full day of math fun in the sun.  Bring your friends and the entire family to Fosun Plaza at 28 Liberty St. and enjoy hands-on math exhibits, entertaining mathematical games, and intriguing puzzles and brainteasers.  But that’s not all… the day will also include exciting performances, group constructions of giant geometric sculptures, and the largest bagel-juggling demonstration you’ve ever seen!  Plus, take home a little bit of MoMath: we’ll be setting up an outpost of Additions, the shop at MoMath, for all your summer gift
needs.  For more information about this not-to-be-missed event, visit nycmath.momath.org.

Math Encounters: "Lost in Space: How Data and Information are Governed by High-Dimensional Geometry" with Henry Cohn
Wednesday, September 5, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

How can we understand high dimensions, and why should we?  High-dimensional geometry may seem like a hopelessly abstract subject, hard to grasp and with no obvious real-world relevance.  But, surprise!  It turns out you can't understand "big data" without high-dimensional geometry.  Join Microsoft Research mathematician Henry Cohn in an exploration of the practicality and beauty of higher dimensions.  Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.  Plus, earn a free Math Encounters t-shirt… see friendme.momath.org.

Blackjack 2 with Don Schlesinger
Thursday, September 6, 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Did you miss MoMath’s popular blackjack event last May?  Here’s your second chance!  Back by popular demand, blackjack expert Don Schlesinger will be running two sessions on September 6, the first a catch-up for those who need it, and the second an all-new event delving still deeper into the math of blackjack.  Learn more and register at blackjack2.momath.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: "Impossible Tangles, Impossible Braids" with James Tanton
Friday, September 7, 6:30 pm

Let's have some fun and do the impossible — multiple times!  Let's make braids that shouldn't exist.  Let's untangle things that shouldn't be untangled.  And let's demonstrate that sometimes two things are equivalent to zero things.  Join world-renowned math educator James Tanton for some good, tangly, mathematical fun!  Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.

Math & Magic with Manjul
An eight-week minicourse with Fields Medalist Manjul Bhargava
Beginning Wednedsay, September 12, 5:30 pm

MoMath is pleased to announce a very special offering: an eight-week minicourse with Fields Medalist and Princeton University Professor, Manjul Bhargava.  Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a truly magical experience.  Register now; seating is limited and is expected to fill quickly.

Some of the very best magic tricks invented over the years have involved serious mathematics, including concepts from number theory, group theory, recursion theory, topology, coding theory, and cryptography.  Conversely, and somewhat more surprisingly, a great deal of nontrivial and important mathematics has been discovered in these areas in recent years due to corresponding developments in magic.  In fact, these mathematical ideas have also had important applications in areas beyond magic.  Join Fields Medalist and Princeton University Professor Manjul Bhargava in an engaging exploration of magic tricks and the beautiful mathematical ideas that drive them.  Learn more and register at magic.momath.org

Good Reads this summer!
Begin reading now to take full advantage of these three exciting author events, coming this September.

Losing the Nobel Prize: A book discussion with Brian Keating
Thursday, September 13, 7:00 pm

What would it have been like to be an eyewitness to the Big Bang?  In 2014, astronomers wielding BICEP2, the most powerful cosmology telescope ever made, revealed that they'd glimpsed the spark that ignited the Big Bang.  Millions around the world tuned in to the announcement, broadcast live from Harvard University, immediately igniting rumors of an imminent Nobel Prize.  But had these cosmologists truly read the cosmic prologue or, swept up in Nobel dreams, had they been deceived by a galactic mirage?  Join MoMath and author Brian Keating to hear this story of cosmology, ambition, and the perils of science's highest honor.  Learn more and register for this free event at nobel.momath.org.

Volumes, the MoMath book club: When Einstein Walked with Gödel: Excursions to the Edge of Thought featuring author Jim Holt
Thursday, September 20, 6:30 pm

Join author Jim Holt and MoMath at Volumes, the MoMath book club, to discuss Jim’s book When Einstein Walked with Gödel: Excursions to the Edge of Thought.  Does time exist?  What is infinity?  Why do mirrors reverse left and right but not up and down?  In this scintillating collection of essays, Jim Holt explores the human mind, the cosmos, and the thinkers who have tried to encompass the latter with the former.  Learn more and register at volumes.momath.org.

Hello World! with Hannah Fry
Tuesday, September 25, 6:00 pm

Don’t miss the return to MoMath of the ever-popular Hannah Fry!  Back with her new book, HELLO WORLD: Being Human in the Age of Algorithms, UK-based mathematician and University College London senior lecturer Hannah Fry considers the role of algorithms in automating important decisions in crime, healthcare, relationships, and money.  Should we entrust ourselves to driverless cars?  Are machines capable of producing great works of art?  How do we balance the importance of making better medical diagnoses with the value of preserving privacy?  Our increasing reliance on pre-defined, quantitative decision-making rules raises provocative questions about what we want our lives to look like.  Learn more
and register at helloworld.momath.org.

Symmetry Code: Exploring Symmetry Using the Wolfram Language
Beginning Friday, September 14, 6:15 pm

Students in grades 7 through 12 are invited to see how computer programming can be used for explorations into mathematical topics.  Using the Mathematica programming language, students will explore the topic of symmetry, creating their very own MoMath logo — and taking home a fun, customized souvenir.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about symmetry, introductory computing, and the MoMath logo!  Learn more and register at symmetry.momath.org.  Scholarships available for students in need, courtesy of our friends at BNY Mellon.

Quadrivium, MoMath’s Math plus Music Salon, featuring Marcus Miller and Bobby Sanabria
Saturday, September 15, 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, MoMath's exciting Math plus Music Salon 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.  This month, drummer and percussionist Bobby Sanabria joins Marcus in discussing — and demonstrating — the historical and cultural stories behind a variety of rhythms.  Stick around after the talk for live music,
refreshments, and a lively dance party on Manhattan’s only Voronoi dance floor!  Learn more and register at quadrivium.momath.org.

Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: The Annotated Alice by Lewis Carroll, with notes by Martin Gardner
Sunday, September 16, 5:30 pm

Tweens and teens, join MoMath at Tween Primes to discuss The Annotated Alice, a version of the classic Alice in Wonderland series in which Martin Gardner playfully highlights the hidden mathematical riddles and curious wordplay ingeniously embedded throughout the story.  Learn more and register at tweenprimes.momath.org.

Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for students in 7th through 10th grades
Sunday, September 16, 6:30 pm

Don’t miss this year’s first Unlimited program, featuring a giant group exploration of Conway’s “Rational Tangles.”  Tie yourself up in knots with huge ropes and complex patterns, making new friends as you collaboratively try to unravel yourselves.  Plus enjoy refreshments, music, and dancing on Manhattan’s only Voronoi dance floor!  Learn more and register at unlimited.momath.org.

Equilibrium, an adult evening of mathematical games
Saturday, September 22, 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.  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.

Maths Inspiration, Live on Stage!  Brought to you by the National Museum of Mathematics and featuring math comedian Matt Parker
Tuesday, October 2, 10:00 am and 1:00 pm at the Baruch Performing Arts Center

Educators, do your students wonder, “What’s the point of algebra?  Who on earth needs Pythagoras?  And who cares about exponents?”  Inspire your students — even the ones who don’t love math — with a large venue stage show on October 2 featuring some of the UK’s most engaging math performers.  Learn more and register at stage.momath.orgRegister by July 31 for a discounted rate.

The Math of Particle Physics, with CERN researcher James Beacham
Thursday, October 11, 6:30 pm

Don’t miss James Beacham’s visit to MoMath, this October 11.  As a scientist at CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and a member of the ATLAS collaboration (one of the teams that discovered the Higgs boson in 2012), James searches for evidence of new particles — dark matter, gravitons, dark photons, and exotic Higgs bosons among them — that could provide answers to the fundamental open questions of physics.  Register now and take advantage of early bird pricing through July 31: particle.momath.org.

MATRIX 2018
October 29-31 in Barcelona, Spain

Are you a math educator, mathematician, or science museum professional interested in math outreach?  If so, the 2018 MATRIX conference may be for you!  Join MoMath and our colleagues from MMACA and other math museums around the world for the third international conference on math outreach, taking place in lovely Barcelona, Spain, this October 29 through 31.  For more information or to register, visit matrix.momath.org.

MoMath 2018-2019 Professional Development days
Educators, register for one, two, or three professional development days at MoMath during the 2018-2019 school year.  Advance tickets are $175; day-of tickets will be $199, if available.  Special offer: Buy all three days together for a discounted price of $495!

Metros and Metrics — 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 subway, 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.  Learn more and register at pd.momath.org.

M-cubed — Professional Development Day (high school educators only)
Monday, January 28, 2019, 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Join Professor Alex Kontorovich as he illuminates some of the most beautiful and timeless mathematical problems and solutions, the people behind these discoveries, and the historical developments that led to each breakthrough.  Geared for high school educators, this series will provide a bird’s-eye view of many landmark developments in mathematics, from antiquity to the 20th century.  Learn more and register at pd.momath.org.

Artful Math — Professional Development Day
Thursday, June 6, 9:30 am – 3:00 pm

Connect the dots between math and art!  Spend the day gaining new perspectives as you enjoy the creative side of math, then turn things around and explore the analytical side of art.  Plus, experience engaging, hands-on activities at the intersection of math and art that you can take back to school to share with your students.  Learn more and register at pd.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 2018-2019 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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