2019-10-October-November

Dear MoMath friends,

Join MoMath for a fall filled with artful puzzles and puzzling art.  On the puzzle side, ponder probability paradoxes, play with Sudoku and Shikaku, test your ingenuity with puzzle expert Peter Winkler, and learn how math is involved in the creation of crosswords.  Or puzzle over this: How can so many diverse and beautiful pieces of art be created simply through the art of folding?  Visit MoMath’s Math Unfolded show, featuring the math and art of origami, then join us throughout the fall for a series of up-close and personal discussions with the artists.  Plus, create your own embroidery boxes using ancient Chinese methods, join visiting professor Paul Zeitz to explore one of the meanest math questions ever, and don’t miss a highlight of the season when John Edmark returns for a one-night-only talk about his work, including the MoMath debut of two more of his amazing and dynamic Bloom sculptures.

MoMath at a Glance 
Open through Jan 5Composite, the gallery at MoMath — Math Unfolded: An Exhibit of Mathematical Origami Art — free with Museum admission
Apply nowExpansions gifted program at MoMath, now including high school sessions with Paul Zeitz!
Tue, Oct 1Solution Set: How to Solve Mathematical Puzzles — a six-session minicourse with Peter Winkler
Wed, Oct 2Math Encounters: “Paradoxes in Probability: Surprising Results and Why They Matter” with Alon Amit
Thu, Oct 3Meet the Artist: Origami artist Jeannine Mosely
Sat, Oct 5Japanese Puzzle Party — if you like Sudoku, you’ll love Shikaku!
Sun, Oct 6Minds on Math — for families!  Explore your child’s math development through games and conversation with researchers
Tuesdays, beginning Oct 8Math Progressions, an eight-session professional development program for aspiring educators
Tue, Oct 8Math Gym, a workout for your brain
Thu, Oct 10The Story of Shikaku — hear from the creators of Sudoku and Shikaku!
Fri, Oct 11The Mathematics of Simple Things, with Paul Zeitz
Sun, Oct 13Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens
Sun, Oct 13Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for students in middle and high school, including admission to Synchronized Spin with John Edmark
Sun, Oct 13Synchronized Spin, with John Edmark
Tue, Oct 15Meet the Artist: Origami artist Benjamin Parker
Tue, Oct 15Solution Set: How to Solve Mathematical Puzzles — a minicourse featuring Peter Winkler
Wed, Oct 16Equilibrium, an evening of adult mathematical games
Wed, Oct 16Volumes, the MoMath book club: The Humans
Thu, Oct 17Probability and Intuition — a dinner course for executives
Fri, Oct 18Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “Hidden Boxes: An origami workshop featuring Chinese folk art” with Paula Beardell Krieg
Sun, Oct 20Folding Fun at MoMath with OrigamiUSA
Tue, Oct 22Symmetry Soirée: The 2019 MoMath Gala — Don’t miss math’s most fashionable event of the season!
Wed, Oct 23Meet the Artist: Origami artist Uyen Nguyen
Tue, Oct 29Solution Set: How to Solve Mathematical Puzzles — a six-session minicourse with Peter Winkler
Wed, Oct 30Counting Connections — an imaginative reinterpretation of geometric counting
Tue, Nov 5Professional Development at MoMath: “Chasing Rabbits: Building a Lifetime of Curiosity for, and Fascination with, Mathematics through Adventures in Arithmetic”
Tue, Nov 5Solution Set: How to Solve Mathematical Puzzles — a minicourse featuring Peter Winkler
Wed, Nov 6Math Encounters: “Tales of Impossibility: The Problems of Antiquity” with David Richeson
Thu, Nov 7The Mathematics of Wordplay, with puzzlehunt master Nathan Curtis
Thu, Nov 7Probability and Intuition — a dinner course for executives
Fri, Nov 8Meet the Artist: Origami artist Matt Shlian
Fri, Nov 8Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “Kinetic Creations: A collaborative paper-folding adventure” with Matt Shlian
Tue, Nov 12Math Gym, a workout for your brain
Tue, Nov 12Opt Art, a book discussion with mathematician and author Robert Bosch
Wed, Nov 13Meet the Artist: Origami artist Duks Koschitz
Fri, Nov 15Exhibit Tangents, a deep dive into the math of MoMath’s exhibits
Sat, Nov 16Folding Fun at MoMath with OrigamiUSA
Sun, Nov 17Butterfly Bombs — explore unstable modular origami with MoMath favorite Dave Masunaga
Mon, Nov 18Codes and Communication for Humans — a three-session minicourse
Tue, Nov 19“What Can Puzzles Do for Us?”  — Installation of Peter Winkler as MoMath’s 2019-2020 Distinguished Visiting Professor for the Public Dissemination of Mathematics
Thu, Nov 21Meet the Artist: Origami artist Faye Goldman
Fri, Nov 22Equilibrium, an evening of adult mathematical games
Sun, Nov 24Folding Fun at MoMath with OrigamiUSA
Sun, Nov 24Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens
Sun, Nov 24Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for students in middle and high school
Mon, Nov 25Codes and Communication for Humans — a three-session minicourse
Mon, Dec 2Codes and Communication for Humans — a three-session minicourse
Wed, Dec 4Math Encounters: “Double Vision: Explorations of Alternative Math from History” with Glen Van Brummelen
Thu, Dec 5Wonder-ful Math, with children’s author David Schwartz
Sat, Dec 7Folding Fun at MoMath with OrigamiUSA
Tue, Dec 10Meet the Artist: Origami workshop led by Uyen Nguyen — save the date!
Wed, Dec 11Exhibit Tangents, a deep dive into the math of MoMath’s exhibits
Thu, Dec 12Math Gym, a workout for your brain
Thu, Dec 12Probability and Intuition — a dinner course for executives
Fri, Dec 13Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “Math in Transit” with Po-Shen Loh
School daysBring MoMath to your school with the Extensions program!
Weekday afternoonsSummations: guided exploration of MoMath for homeschool students
WeekendsMoMath’s Derivatives tour program and Explorations educator-led sessions, available upon request

Recent press recognition:
MoMath: The National Museum of Mathematics in NYC Helps Adults and Children Better Understand the Universal Language Behind Finance

One of New York City’s Top Affordable and Educational Family Experiences

Editors’ Choice Award: The National Museum of Mathematics is a Top Date Spot for Intellectually Curious People in NYC

Math Unfolded, an Exhibit of Mathematical Origami Art
Composite, the gallery at MoMath
Open through January 5, 2020

Start with a piece of flat paper, make a few folds, and suddenly you have a landscape of mountains and valleys, shadows and light.  Make more folds and you have an object that is deeply surprising in its transformation and artistic beauty.  Math Unfolded demonstrates how origami artists can persuade paper to embody the beauty of mathematics.  Come see the creations of more than 20 artists who use mathematical inventions and interpretations to create compelling works of art — including two origami dresses!  This exhibition is curated by Charlene Morrow and Wendy Zeichner of OrigamiUSA.  Learn more at composite.momath.org.

Expansions: An engaging program for gifted math students
Afternoons, beginning in September

Reinvent math class with Expansions, MoMath’s afternoon gifted program.  Featuring programs for mathematically gifted students currently enrolled in 1st through 12th grade, Expansions hands-on lessons are designed and delivered by MoMath’s educational team to challenge and inspire students and to broaden their mathematical horizons.  With topics ranging from fractals to cellular automata, these afternoon sessions provide an opportunity for participants to learn advanced and fascinating topics not included in the standard K-12 curriculum.  Plus, your child can benefit from enjoying math together with small groups of talented and focused young scholars.  Expansions offers sessions at several levels; admission is by application only.  To learn more, visit expansions.momath.org.  MoMath is currently accepting applications for limited spots in the fall 2019 session.

Expansions has just expanded!  MoMath has a new track for grades 9-12, taught by International Math Olympiad participant and trainer Paul Zeitz.  Paul is the co-founder and Board Chairman of Proof School, co-founder of the San Francisco Math Circle, co-founder of the Bay Area Math Olympiad, and author of The Art and Craft of Problem Solving.  Click here to learn more and apply for the Icosahedron program.

MathPlay, MoMath’s program for toddlers and preschoolers
Choose Thursdays or Sundays, September 12 through December 15

MoMath is delighted to announce the Museum’s newest program for toddlers and preschoolers.  Led by an experienced preschool specialist, MathPlay offers children the opportunity to play well-developed games that help broaden math skills, improve problem-solving skills, fine-tune motor coordination, and enhance communication and social skills.  Recent studies have shown that a child’s math skills upon entering kindergarten can be a strong predictor of future academic performance in both math and reading throughout the elementary grades.  MathPlay will engage your toddlers and preschoolers in playful activities to help them develop a strong foundation in math, enriching their day with mathematical inspiration.  Free Museum admission is included with registration; a caregiver must be present during each 30-minute session.  Learn more and register at mathplay.momath.org.

MoMath announces two new programs for the 2019-2020 school year:

Extensions: bring MoMath to your school!
MoMath’s Extensions is an hour-long program, presented in a math class or in a school auditorium, that exposes students to new ways of thinking about mathematics.  Students will discover that math is both an art and an exploratory science by engaging with puzzles, games, investigations, and physical activities. Extensions is offered to middle schools and high schools during the 2019-2020 school year.  Learn more and request a presentation at extensions.momath.org.

Summations: guided exploration of MoMath for homeschool students
The great mathematician Karl Gauss once described his publications as “few, but ripe.”  In this spirit, join mathematician Paul Zeitz for a focused tour of the Museum, where the goal is to use selected exhibits to really learn about the mathematics behind them.  Yes, there will be homework!  Weekday afternoon tours can be fit to audiences starting at the middle-school level.  Learn more and arrange a visit at summations.momath.org.

Retail Pick of the Month: Visual Measuring Cups™
With these visual measuring cups, the shape tells the size.  No more struggling to read the labels — a half cup simply looks like half!  This smart and fun approach makes cooking and baking more accessible to everyone.

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Solution Set: How to Solve Mathematical Puzzles — a six-session minicourse
Tuesday, October 1, 6:30 pm — prorated registration is available

When someone poses a puzzle, is your first instinct to run?  Many very intelligent people think they’re bad at puzzle-solving — and always will be.  And most of them are wrong.  Like many things in life, puzzle-solving is an acquired skill; a bit of experience and a few tips can go a long way.  Of course, there’s no set way to solve puzzles; if there were, they would be textbook exercises, not uniquely tricky conundrums.  Join Peter Winkler, MoMath’s 2019-2020 Distinguished Visiting Professor for the Public Dissemination of Mathematics, as he helps us discover that each puzzle has its own logic.  A world of fun and satisfaction awaits once you find your way in!  Learn more and register at solutions.momath.org.

Math Encounters: “Paradoxes in Probability: Surprising Results and Why They Matter” with Alon Amit
Wednesday, October 2, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Probability theory has a unique distinction among mathematical fields: it is often at odds with human intuition, sometimes very sharply so.  Beyond setting up various apparent “paradoxes” of intuition or logic, those counterintuitive aspects sometimes have quite dramatic manifestations in real-life situations.  Test your intuition on a variety of simple problems and explore how such paradoxes have crept into scientific research, policy making, and even executive boardrooms!  Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.

Meet the Artist: Origami artist Jeannine Mosely
Thursday, October 3, 6:30 pm

Meet artist Jeannine Mosely, well known for her origami models created from business cards, especially her largest models, created from thousands or even tens of thousands of cards.  Jeannine has also developed mathematical techniques for designing and analyzing curved origami models.  Two of her pieces, Hidden Stars and Sails, are currently on display in the Math Unfolded exhibition at the National Museum of Mathematics.  Meet the Artist talks will continue through the end of the year; visit artist.momath.org to register and to see additional dates and artists.

Japanese Puzzle Party
Saturday, October 5, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

If you like Sudoku, you’ll love Shikaku, the new puzzle that spices up numerical logic challenges by including the concept of area.  Your goal?  To divide the grid into rectangular regions so that each region contains only one number, and that number is exactly the area of the region in which it sits.  Join Yoshi Anpuku, creator of Shikaku, for an afternoon of Japanese logic puzzles.  Plus, as an added bonus, meet and chat with Maki Kaji, founder of Japanese logic puzzle company Nikoli Co., Ltd. and godfather of Sudoku.  Learn more and register at logicpuzzles.momath.org.

Minds on Math — for families!
Sunday, October 6, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Drop by MoMath any time between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm to join the Lab for the Developing Mind at NYU for the Museum’s first Minds on Math family event!  Experts from the Lab will be on hand to discuss Dr. Elizabeth Spelke’s research on the foundations of mathematics in early childhood in a way that’s informative to parents of young children.  There will be examples (from Dr. Spelke’s research) of games children have played as well as examples of similar games from the Lab’s own research here in New York City.  Have fun playing these math and science games with your family and learn how to explore your own children’s growth and development in math.  Minds on Math — for families! is free with Museum admission, and no registration is required.

Math Progressions
Tuesdays, beginning October 8 through December 3, 8:30 am
Are you considering becoming a math educator or getting more involved in math outreach?  MoMath is now offering a special opportunity to participate in an eight-week professional development program, Math Progressions.  Discuss classroom best practices and learn about pedagogical topics such as fixed versus growth mindsets, setting expectations, handling difficult situations, and increasing student engagement.  Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to practice your skills in a group setting using creative math sessions focused on cryptography, geometry, graph theory, probability, and topology.  Tuition discounts may be available for those with demonstrated financial need.  Learn more at progressions.momath.org.

Math Gym, a workout for your brain
Tuesday, October 8, 3:30 pm

Students, spend an hour at MoMath independently working on engaging and beautiful math problems, hand-selected by MoMath’s advisory council of math PhDs.  Choose whichever challenges you like and explore them with the guidance and mentorship of an expert mathematician.  If you love math and want to experience the incredible joy of mathematical discovery, you won’t want to miss this enjoyable monthly program.  Learn more and register at workout.momath.org.

The Story of Shikaku
Thursday, October 10, 6:30 pm

Meet Yoshi Anpuku, inventor of Shikaku, and hear the story of how this engaging new puzzle was born.  After learning about its history, join an audience solving session, starting with easy puzzles and quickly advancing.   Plus, hear from Maki Kaji, founder of Japanese logic puzzle company Nikoli Co., Ltd. and godfather of Sudoku, about how he helped turn a logic-based, combinatorial, number-placement puzzle into a worldwide phenomenon.  Learn more and register at shikaku.momath.org.

The Mathematics of Simple Things
Friday, October 11, 6:30 pm

Very simple objects can yield great mathematical richness.  Join mathematician Paul Zeitz in this occasional series as he describes the surprising (and mathematical!) fun you can have with items as simple as strips of paper, business cards, and even toothpicks.  Learn more and register at most.momath.org.

Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: The Red Blazer Girls: The Vanishing Violin by Michael D. Beil
Sunday, October 13, 5:30 pm

When there are mysteries to be solved, the Red Blazer Girls are on the case!  The discovery of the Ring of Rocamadour has secured the girls’ reputations as Upper East Side super-sleuths, bringing many job requests and some unwanted attention from crooks.  This time, the girls must follow a trail of cryptic clues — involving everything from logic to literature — to trace a rare violin gone missing.  If you like upbeat, present-day mysteries with puzzles to solve and codes to crack, you won’t want to miss this funny, adventurous, and fast-paced read.  Learn more and register at tweenprimes.momath.org.

Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for students in middle and high school
Sunday, October 13, 6:30 pm

Don’t miss this special installment of Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle evening for students in late middle school through high school.  In addition to 30 minutes of free exploration of the Museum’s exhibits, participants will be offered complimentary admission to Synchronized Spin, below.  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 some snacks, and hear a brilliant and entertaining story of mathematical discovery, then you won’t want to miss this exciting program.  Learn more and register at unlimited.momath.org.

Synchronized Spin, with John Edmark
Sunday, October 13, 7:00 pm

John Edmark returns!  For those who may have missed John’s last visit to MoMath, don’t miss the fascinating story of how ten years of experimenting with logarithmic spirals and the golden ratio eventually led to a number of surprising discoveries and magical artworks, including the invention of Blooms, the amazing, strobe-animated sculptures on MoMath’s lower level.  Join us to hear John’s brilliant and entertaining story of mathematical exploration and discovery.  Learn more and register at synchronizedspin.momath.org.

Meet the Artist: Origami artist Benjamin Parker
Tuesday, October 15, 5:30 pm

Meet artist Benjamin Parker, who uses geometric origami to design tessellations and corrugations.  His works are studies in how paper can be shaped to create complex patterns capable of an infinite number of repetitions.  Ben’s work in the Math Unfolded exhibition incorporates “pleat patterns,” or origami forms that use overlaps in the paper to push certain parts outside the plane and into the third dimension.  Meet the Artist talks will continue through the end of the year; visit artist.momath.org to register and to see additional dates and artists.

Solution Set: How to Solve Mathematical Puzzles — a minicourse featuring Peter Winkler
Tuesday, October 15, 6:30 pm — prorated registration is available

When someone poses a puzzle, is your first instinct to run?  Many very intelligent people think they’re bad at puzzle-solving — and always will be.  And most of them are wrong.  Like many things in life, puzzle-solving is an acquired skill; a bit of experience and a few tips can go a long way.  Of course, there’s no set way to solve puzzles; if there were, they would be textbook exercises, not uniquely tricky conundrums.  Join Peter Winkler, MoMath’s 2019-2020 Distinguished Visiting Professor for the Public Dissemination of Mathematics, as he helps us discover that each puzzle has its own logic.  A world of fun and satisfaction awaits once you find your way in!  Learn more and register at solutions.momath.org.

Equilibrium, an adult evening of mathematical games
Wednesday, October 16, 5:30 pm

Tabletop gaming is more fun than ever!  Come join old friends and new for a fun-filled, adult evening featuring a broad array of mathematically rich 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.

Volumes, the MoMath book club: The Humans by Matt Haig
Wednesday, October 16, 6:30 pm

When an extraterrestrial visitor takes the form of a prominent mathematician at Cambridge University, he is eager to complete the gruesome task he’s been assigned and hurry home to his own utopian planet.  But in his disguise as a human, he drinks wine, reads poetry, develops an ear for rock music and a taste for peanut butter, and slowly, unexpectedly, forges personal bonds with the natives of this planet, finding hope and beauty in human imperfections.  Learn more and register at volumes.momath.org.

Probability and Intuition — a dinner course for executives
Thursday, October 17, 7:00 pm (other standalone sessions offered on November 7 and December 12)

99.99% of the decisions we make are made without the use of formal mathematics, yet math plays an important part in shaping our intuition.  Can we improve our intuition?  Can we identify and overcome the difficulties we humans have in dealing with probabilities?  Join Peter Winkler, MoMath’s 2019-2020 Distinguished Visiting Professor for the Public Dissemination of Mathematics, for a series of exclusive dinner events during which probability and decision theory will be explored in the context of puzzles — realistic or contrived — whose answers may surprise us.  The objective?  Have fun while discovering some new ways to deal with our uncertain world.  Attend individual dinners (each held at a local fine dining establishment) or sign up for all of them, but don’t delay — space is extremely limited for these exclusive events.  Learn more and register at intuition.momath.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “Hidden Boxes: An origami workshop featuring Chinese folk art” with Paula Beardell Krieg
Friday, October 18, 6:30 pm

Discover an ingenious way of cutting and folding paper to create compact containers that fold flat.  Originally used to create a simple yet elegant way to store embroidery supplies, this traditional Chinese technique transforms utilitarian boxes into folded art.  A simple cover expands to reveal a set of three stacked compartments, highlighting the delightful interplay between utility and design.  Join artist and educator Paula Beardell Krieg as she brings this ancient craft to life, allowing everyone to construct and take home their very own Hidden Boxes.  Thanks to the generous support of Two Sigma, this program is free to attendees.  Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.

Folding Fun at MoMath with OrigamiUSA
Sunday, October 20, 12:00 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.

Symmetry Soirée: The 2019 MoMath Gala
Tuesday, October 22, 6:00 pm

Don’t miss math’s most fashionable event of the season!  Join us at Guastavino’s for an unforgettable evening featuring financial whiz and musical entertainer Peter Muller, jazz saxophonist Marcus Miller, and, new this year, composer Paul Miller, aka DJ Spooky!  Learn more and register at gala.momath.org.

Meet the Artist: Origami artist Uyen Nguyen
Wednesday, October 23, 6:30 pm

What do fashion and mathematics have in common?  Engineer-turned-artist Uyen Nguyen shares her experience using math to design origami, and in turn, using origami to design fashion.  Her time spent researching origami mechanics at Cornell University’s Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics inspired a collaboration that culminated on the runway of Vancouver Fashion Week.  Since then, Nguyen has continued to develop her design aesthetic, exploring mathematical concepts like the Fibonacci sequence, various symmetries, and flat-foldability.  Meet the Artist talks will continue through the end of the year; visit artist.momath.org to register and to see additional dates and artists.

Solution Set: How to Solve Mathematical Puzzles — a six-session minicourse
Tuesday, October 29, 6:30 pm – prorated registration is available

When someone poses a puzzle, is your first instinct to run?  Many very intelligent people think they’re bad at puzzle-solving — and always will be.  And most of them are wrong.  Like many things in life, puzzle-solving is an acquired skill; a bit of experience and a few tips can go a long way.  Of course, there’s no set way to solve puzzles; if there were, they would be textbook exercises, not uniquely tricky conundrums.  Join Peter Winkler, MoMath’s 2019-2020 Distinguished Visiting Professor for the Public Dissemination of Mathematics, as he helps us discover that each puzzle has its own logic.  A world of fun and satisfaction awaits once you find your way in!  Learn more and register at solutions.momath.org.

Counting Connections
Wednesday, October 30, 6:30 pm

Here’s an innocent and well-known question: What is the maximum number of pieces of pizza you can get with n straight cuts?  Join visiting mathematician Paul Zeitz in an investigation that starts with this question and then dives even deeper.  Ultimately, an imaginative reinterpretation of geometric counting leads to a truly mean-spirited multiple-choice question that may just be one of the 20th century’s meanest math questions ever.  Learn more and register at counting.momath.org.

Professional Development at MoMath: “Chasing Rabbits: Building a Lifetime of Curiosity for, and Fascination with, Mathematics through Adventures in Arithmetic”
Tuesday, November 5, 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

In this full-day workshop, Sunil Singh and Dr. Chris Brownell, authors of Math Recess: Playful Learning in an Age of Disruption, will take participants on a wild journey of problem-solving and mathematical thinking that includes games, puzzles, and conundrums from the last 100 years — all rooted in dabbling and tinkering with numbers.  This workshop is geared for all K to 12 math educators who would like to strengthen their understanding of and interest in mathematics.  Learn more and register at pd.momath.org.

Solution Set: How to Solve Mathematical Puzzles — a minicourse featuring Peter Winkler
Tuesday, Nov 5, 6:30 pm — prorated registration is available

When someone poses a puzzle, is your first instinct to run?  Many very intelligent people think they’re bad at puzzle-solving — and always will be.  And most of them are wrong.  Like many things in life, puzzle-solving is an acquired skill; a bit of experience and a few tips can go a long way.  Of course, there’s no set way to solve puzzles; if there were, they would be textbook exercises, not uniquely tricky conundrums.  Join Peter Winkler, MoMath’s 2019-2020 Distinguished Visiting Professor for the Public Dissemination of Mathematics, as he helps us discover that each puzzle has its own logic.  A world of fun and satisfaction awaits once you find your way in!  Learn more and register at solutions.momath.org.

Math Encounters: “Tales of Impossibility: The Problems of Antiquity” with David Richeson
Wednesday, November 6, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

“Nothing is impossible!”  While it is comforting to believe this greeting card sentiment — it’s the American dream, after all — there are impossible things.  Ancient Greek geometers and future generations of mathematicians tried and failed to square circles, trisect angles, double cubes, and construct regular polygons using only a compass and straightedge.  Join David Richeson, Professor of Mathematics at Dickinson College and Editor of Math Horizons, to try your hand at some of these unusual geometric construction techniques.  But get ready to fail — after two thousand years, all four of these “problems of antiquity” have been proved to be mathematically impossible!  Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.

The Mathematics of Wordplay
Thursday, November 7, 6:00 pm

Millions of word lovers and puzzle enthusiasts solve crosswords every day, in print and online.  Certainly it helps to have a big vocabulary when solving the daily crossword, but did you know how much math underlies the process of constructing a crossword?  Join puzzle constructor Nathan Curtis in exploring topics from information theory, geometry, and graph theory that explain how a crossword can come to be.  This event is brought to you with the generous support of Saul and Sandra Rosenthal.  Learn more and register at wordplay.momath.org.

Probability and Intuition — a dinner course for executives
Thursday, November 7, 7:00 pm (another standalone session offered on December 12)

99.99% of the decisions we make are made without the use of formal mathematics, yet math plays an important part in shaping our intuition.  Can we improve our intuition?  Can we identify and overcome the difficulties we humans have in dealing with probabilities?  Join Peter Winkler, MoMath’s 2019-2020 Distinguished Visiting Professor for the Public Dissemination of Mathematics, for a series of exclusive dinner events during which probability and decision theory will be explored in the context of puzzles — realistic or contrived — whose answers may surprise us.  The objective?  Have fun while discovering some new ways to deal with our uncertain world.  Attend individual dinners (each held at a local fine dining establishment) or sign up for all of them, but don’t delay — space is extremely limited for these exclusive events.  Learn more and register at intuition.momath.org.

Meet the Artist: Origami artist Matt Shlian
Friday, November 8, 5:15 pm

Get up close and personal with paper engineer and artist Matt Shlian, who uses engineering skills to create kinetic sculptures.  Matt’s work is a hybrid between art and science; his paper folding helps top scientists visualize cellular division and solar cell development.  While researchers see paper engineering as a metaphor for scientific principles, Shlian sees their inquiry as a basis for artistic inspiration.  Join Matt for a discussion of his work, including the opportunity to handle samples of his artistic creations.  Meet the Artist talks will continue through the end of the year; visit artist.momath.org to register and to see additional dates and artists.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “Kinetic Creations: A collaborative paper-folding adventure” with Matt Shlian
Friday, November 8, 6:30 pm

Join paper engineer and artist Matt Shlian for an evening of folding fun.  Matt, whose popular appearance on Sesame Street demonstrated the fun of creative paper construction, uses his engineering skills to create kinetic sculptures.  His work has also led to collaborations with top researchers in which paper folding is used to help visualize various scientific phenomena.  Thanks to the generous support of Two Sigma, this program is free to attendees.  Register at familyfridays.momath.org.

Math Gym, a workout for your brain
Tuesday, November 12, 3:30 pm

Students, spend an hour at MoMath independently working on engaging and beautiful math problems, hand-selected by MoMath’s advisory council of math PhDs.  Choose whichever challenges you like and explore them with the guidance and mentorship of an expert mathematician.  If you love math and want to experience the incredible joy of mathematical discovery, you won’t want to miss this enjoyable monthly program.  Learn more and register at workout.momath.org.

Opt Art, a book discussion with mathematician and author Robert Bosch
Tuesday, November 12, 6:30 pm

How does a powerful modeling tool for discovering the best solution to a problem also provide a surprisingly rich medium for creating breathtaking works of art?  Join Robert Bosch in a discussion of his new book, which takes readers on an entertaining tour of linear optimization and how it can be used, including to design compelling visual art.  Bosch, a professor of mathematics at Oberlin College and an award-winning writer and artist, shares how he combines mathematics and computing to create beauty and express emotion through works of art including mosaics, line drawings, and even sculpture.  Learn more and register at optart.momath.org.

Meet the Artist: Origami artist Duks Koschitz
Wednesday, November 13, 6:30 pm

How are art, design, and mathematics interconnected with paper folding?  Architect Duks Koschitz answers this question as he discusses his work — along with the work of groundbreaking computer scientist David Huffman — on curved-crease paper folding.  Join Duks as he takes us from the historical beginnings of this field in the 1970s all the way to his own contemporary work in design and architecture today.  Meet the Artist talks will continue through the end of the year; visit artist.momath.org to register and to see additional dates and artists.

Exhibit Tangents
Friday, November 15, 6:30 pm

Join visiting mathematician Paul Zeitz on a deep dive into your favorite MoMath exhibits.  You already know the exhibits are fun, but now you can peek under the hood to see the real mathematics lurking inside.  Not only will you enjoy a newfound perspective, but you’ll leave with some thought-provoking challenges you can continue to ponder even after you’ve left the Museum.  No questions are off the table!  Learn more and register at tangents.momath.org.

Folding Fun at MoMath with OrigamiUSA
Saturday, November 16, 11:00 am

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.

Butterfly Bombs
Sunday, November 17, 6:30 pm

Origami is the ancient art of paper folding — usually used to portray figures or objects in a very static way.  However, with modular origami (origami models constructed with many of the same units), geometric forms can be created that are anything but stable.  These objects impart their own beauty not only in form, but also in their design and symmetry.  Join Dave Masunaga, mathematics teacher and origami modeler, as he shares a particularly fascinating form, the Butterfly Bomb, developed decades ago by Kenneth Kawamura.  Discover how Kawamura’s remarkably simple module can be used not just in amazing origami construction, but also in exciting origami destruction.  Learn more and register at butterfly.momath.org.

Codes and Communication for Humans — a three-session minicourse
Monday, November 18, 6:30 pm (other standalone sessions offered on November 25 and December 2)

The cyber world is filled with complex coding and decoding – but that’s for machines.  Join Paul Zeitz to explore how we humans, with our tiny brains, can communicate efficiently, truthfully, and stealthily.  How much can be conveyed with a single bit of information?  It turns out, quite a bit!  Learn more and register at codes.momath.org.

“What Can Puzzles Do for Us?” 
Installation of Peter Winkler as MoMath’s 2019-2020 Distinguished Visiting Professor for the Public Dissemination of Mathematics
Tuesday, November 19, 7:45 pm

Mathematical puzzles can challenge, entertain, befuddle, intrigue, and inspire.  They can help us think outside the box and keep our minds sharp.  But a great puzzle can also open our eyes to a gem of mathematics or a flaw in our intuition.  Join us to learn about some great puzzles as we officially welcome Dr. Peter Winkler as MoMath’s 2019-2020 Distinguished Visiting Professor for the Public Dissemination of Mathematics.  Learn more and register at puzzles.momath.org.

Meet the Artist: Origami artist Faye Goldman
Thursday, November 21, 6:30 pm

From Icosahedra to Eggs: Meet origami artist Faye Goldman as she shares her voyage of discovery.  Starting with “Snapology,” a paper-folding technique that uses strips of paper, she launched into the creation of amazing and beautiful geometric designs, using ribbon to create polyhedra, “eggs,” and a series of donut shapes known as tori.  Meet the Artist talks will continue through the end of the year; visit artist.momath.org to register and to see additional dates and artists.

Equilibrium, an adult evening of mathematical games
Friday, November 22, 5:30 pm

Tabletop gaming is more fun than ever!  Come join old friends and new for a fun-filled, adult evening featuring a broad array of mathematically rich 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.

Folding Fun at MoMath with OrigamiUSA
Sunday, November 24, 10:30 am

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.

Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: Professor Stewart’s Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities by Ian Stewart
Sunday, November 24, 5:30 pm

Imagine a cabinet filled with intriguing mathematical games, puzzles, stories, and factoids intended for the adventurous mind.  Inside, you will find hidden gems of logic, geometry, and probability — like how to extract a cherry from a glass (harder than you think), a pop-up dodecahedron, and the real reason why you can’t divide anything by zero.  You never know what enigmas you’ll find in this cabinet imagined by author Ian Stewart, but they’re sure to be clever, mind-expanding, and delightfully fun.  Learn more and register at tweenprimes.momath.org.

Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for students in middle and high school
Sunday, November 24, 6:30 pm

Don’t miss the next installment of Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle evening for students in late middle school through high school.  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 some snacks, and move to some great tunes, then you won’t want to miss this exciting program.  Learn more and register at unlimited.momath.org.

Codes and Communication for Humans — a three-session minicourse
Monday, November 25, 6:30 pm (another standalone session offered on December 2)

The cyber world is filled with complex coding and decoding — but that’s for machines.  Join Paul Zeitz to explore how we humans, with our tiny brains, can communicate efficiently, truthfully, and stealthily.  How much can be conveyed with a single bit of information?  It turns out, quite a bit!  Learn more and register at codes.momath.org.

Codes and Communication for Humans — a three-session minicourse
Monday, December 2, 6:30 pm 

The cyber world is filled with complex coding and decoding — but that’s for machines.  Join Paul Zeitz to explore how we humans, with our tiny brains, can communicate efficiently, truthfully, and stealthily.  How much can be conveyed with a single bit of information?  It turns out, quite a bit!  Learn more and register at codes.momath.org.

Math Encounters: “Double Vision: Explorations of Alternative Math from History” with Glen Van Brummelen
Wednesday, December 4, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Is there only one path to mathematics, or can we find different ways to explore the world around us?  Throughout history, in different times and in different cultures, human creativity has found countless ways to investigate the same realities.  Join Glen Van Brummelen, Professor of Mathematics, Quest University, as we delve into several ancient ways of thinking in geometry, all but forgotten today.  Ancient Chinese and Greek sages will help us realize that we really can change the way that we see!  Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.

Wonder-ful Math
Thursday, December 5, 6:00 pm

Rekindle your childhood wonder with acclaimed children’s book author, David Schwartz, author of How Much Is a Million? and If You Hopped Like a Frog.  With a wealth of visuals, David will lead us on an exciting journey that combines math, science, writing, and books.  Children are thrilled by his unique approach that makes math more relevant and fun than any of them ever thought possible.  Explore the connections between math and literature as David stresses the joy and the power of wondering and describes how his books derive from the mathematical curiosities of his childhood.  The author of over 50 published books, David has spoken at more than one thousand schools all over the USA and the world — don’t miss his first-ever visit to MoMath.  Learn more and register at wonderful.momath.org.

Folding Fun at MoMath with OrigamiUSA
Saturday, December 7, 11:00 am

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.

Meet the Artist: Origami workshop led by Uyen Nguyen — save the date!
Tuesday, December 10

Engineer-turned-artist Uyen Nguyen, who uses origami to explore mathematical concepts like the Fibonacci sequence, various symmetries, and flat-foldability, will return to MoMath to lead a hands-on folding workshop.  Make your own multistable paper column, reminiscent of the artist’s amazing origami purse.  More details coming soon!

Exhibit Tangents
Wednesday, December 11, 6:30 pm

Join visiting mathematician Paul Zeitz on a deep dive into your favorite MoMath exhibits.  You already know the exhibits are fun, but now you can peek under the hood to see the real mathematics lurking inside.  Not only will you enjoy a newfound perspective, but you’ll leave with some thought-provoking challenges you can continue to ponder even after you’ve left the Museum.  No questions are off the table!  Learn more and register at tangents.momath.org.

Math Gym, a workout for your brain
Thursday, December 12, 3:30 pm

Students, spend an hour at MoMath independently working on engaging and beautiful math problems, hand-selected by MoMath’s advisory council of math PhDs.  Choose whichever challenges you like and explore them with the guidance and mentorship of an expert mathematician.  If you love math and want to experience the incredible joy of mathematical discovery, you won’t want to miss this enjoyable monthly program.  Learn more and register at workout.momath.org.

Probability and Intuition — a dinner course for executives
Thursday, December 12, 7:00 pm 

99.99% of the decisions we make are made without the use of formal mathematics, yet math plays an important part in shaping our intuition.  Can we improve our intuition?  Can we identify and overcome the difficulties we humans have in dealing with probabilities?  Join Peter Winkler, MoMath’s 2019-2020 Distinguished Visiting Professor for the Public Dissemination of Mathematics, for a series of exclusive dinner events during which probability and decision theory will be explored in the context of puzzles — realistic or contrived — whose answers may surprise us.  The objective?  Have fun while discovering some new ways to deal with our uncertain world.  Attend individual dinners (each held at a local fine dining establishment) or sign up for all of them, but don’t delay — space is extremely limited for these exclusive events.  Learn more and register at intuition.momath.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “Math in Transit” with Po-Shen Loh
Friday, December 13, 6:30 pm

In New York, getting from Point A to Point B is much more complicated than jumping into a car and driving down the highway.  Efficient travel is an art, with options including taxis, buses, subways, and trains, all interacting with both planned construction and unplanned delays.  Join Po-Shen Loh, social entrepreneur, founder of multiple math learning platforms, Carnegie Mellon University math professor, and national coach of the USA International Mathematical Olympiad team, to think about the familiar world of transit creatively through a mathematical lens — and perhaps even make some new observations about everyday life.  Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.

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Integrators: The MoMath High School Volunteer Program
MoMath accepts a limited number of high school students for ongoing volunteer roles.  The Integrators program offers a unique chance to improve interpersonal and communication skills, explore mathematical concepts, and learn valuable job skills.  MoMath students interact with visitors on the Museum floor and train with professional educators, interpreters, and managers.  School-year volunteers commit one day each weekend.  Apply now for spring 2020 positions.  Applications will be accepted through the end of December 2019.  Learn more and apply at volunteers.momath.org.

Substitutions: MoMath’s substitute educator program
If you enjoy the flexibility and pace of per-diem classroom education, consider applying to MoMath’s new substitute educator program, Substitutions.  MoMath is looking for motivated, experienced substitute teachers who can engage a room full of students and share their love of enriching mathematics — training provided!  This program offers flexible scheduling to accommodate your needs, competitive pay, and the potential for regular engagement.  Learn more about educator positions and apply at jobs.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.

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 programservices@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 organizations including Con Edison, Two Sigma, and The Scripps Family Fund for Education and the Arts, as well as New York City Council Member Mark Levine, 7th District, and some generous MoMath friends, support for Title I schools is now available.  To apply for a free trip in the 2019-2020 school year, visit titleone.momath.org.  Interested in sponsoring a field trip?  Email donation@momath.org.

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Beautiful Math
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We need you!
Interested in volunteering on the Museum floor?  If you love math, would like to help others enjoy MoMath’s interactive suite of exhibits, and are willing to devote two 4-hour shifts each month, please send an email to jobs@momath.org with the subject line “MoMath integrator.”  Please include a cover letter, current résumé, and a newly-written essay that, in approximately 150 to 500 words, describes an experience that shaped your love of mathematics.

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