Dear MoMath friends,

MoMath celebrates summer – grab a pair of sunglasses, learn about the math of the changing seasons, and hear stories from an astronomer who has seen more than 70 solar eclipses!  Or feed your creative side as you build dodecahedral stars, help create a flock of programmable chicks, and learn how impossibility expert Kokichi Sugihara creates his stunning physical illusions.  Plus, hear what it was like to work with the great Paul Erdős from someone who knew him personally, learn how to win at games of strategy and life, and find math in some very surprising simple objects.  Want to get out in the sun?  Join us as the annual NYC Math Festival returns, or march one million mathematical millimeters with us – there’s math in every step!

One last reminder: if you haven’t yet checked out the Solid Math show in the Composite gallery, make sure you head to MoMath soon.  This show, which takes a uniquely engaging look at the geometry of solid objects, closes mid-July to make way for an exciting new origami exhibit, launched in coordination with the return of the two-day MOVES conference featuring the math of origami.

MoMath at a Glance  
Thu, June 27 National Sunglasses Day at MoMath — free admission in the afternoon with a MoMath sunglasses purchase (discounted admission if you bring your own)!
Wed, July 3 Math Encounters: "Erdős Magic: Theorems, Conjectures, Lifestyle, and The Book" with Joel Spencer
Thu, July 4 MoMath will be open all day on the Fourth of July!
Sun, July 7 Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens
Sun, July 7 Unlimited, MoMath's mix-n-mingle program for students in middle and high school
Tue, July 9 Math Gym, a workout for your brain
Tue, July 9 The Math of Summer with Alex Kontorovich
Thu, July 11 Equilibrium, an evening of adult mathematical games
Fri, July 12 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: "Starry Night" with Ethan Bolker
July 13 through July 19 Composite, the gallery at MoMath — Math Midway Returns! — free with Museum admission
Sun, July 14 Folding Fun at MoMath with OrigamiUSA — free with Museum admission
Opens July 27 Composite, the gallery at MoMath — Math Unfolded: An Exhibit of Mathematical Origami Art — free with Museum admission
Tue, July 30 Math, Games, and Strategy with Po-Shen Loh
Thu, Aug 1 Hungry Birds, a unique hands-on STEAM experience
Fri, Aug 2 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: "Mathematics — Starring YOU!" with Sergio Belmonte Palmero
August 4 through August 6 MOVES: Math Unfolded: The Mathematical Art of Origami biennial recreational math conference for mathematicians, educators, and families
Tue, Aug 6 Solar Eclipses: Math, Science, and Spectacle with Jay Pasachoff
Wed, Aug 7 Math Encounters: "The Wall of Fire Theorem: A Story of Mathematical Discovery" with Jim Propp
Sun, Aug 11 Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens
Sun, Aug 11 Unlimited, MoMath's mix-n-mingle program for students in middle and high school
Tue, Aug 13 Math Gym, a workout for your brain
Tue, Aug 13 The Amazing Work of Kokichi Sugihara — award-winning illusions and impossible objects
Wed, Aug 14 Million Millimeter March, revisited!
Thu, Aug 15 Equilibrium, an evening of adult mathematical games
Sat, Aug 17 NYC Math Festival — a day of fun in the sun
Wed, Sept 4 Math Encounters — "Irrational Investigation: Why Pi Sometimes Equals 4" with Cornelia A. Van Cott
Thu, Sept 5 The Mathematics of Simple Things with Paul Zeitz
Tue, Sept 10 Math Gym, a workout for your brain
Weekends MoMath’s Derivatives tour program and Explorations educator-led sessions, available upon request
Apply Now Expansions gifted program at MoMath — currently accepting applications for fall 2019

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

MOVES 2019 Math Unfolded: The Mathematical Art of Origami 
August 4-6

Join MoMath in New York City for its fourth conference on the Mathematics of Various Entertaining Subjects, this year featuring Erik Demaine and Robert Lang.  The MOVES 2019 Conference will feature dozens of talks on current research in recreational mathematics, as well as a wide variety of family-accessible mathematical activities and events.  And of course, there will be plenty of folding!  Learn more and register at moves.momath.org.  

Math Midway Returns!
Composite, the gallery at MoMath
July 13 through July 19

Experience a selection of the uniquely engaging exhibits that launched the nation’s only Museum of Math.  This traveling suite of hands-on, interactive activities is a hit at schools, science festivals, and community events, and now it returns to MoMath for one week only!

Math Unfolded, curated by Charlene Morrow and Wendy Zeichner of OrigamiUSA
Composite, the gallery at MoMath
Opens July 27

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 over 20 artists who use mathematical inventions and interpretations to create compelling works of art.  Learn more at unfolded.momath.org.

Sign up now for 2019 Transformations summer camp at MoMath — limited spots remain!
Rising first through ninth graders, spend the summer exploring the fun and beauty of mathematics with MoMath’s dynamic camp program.  Through full-body interactive activities, hands-on education sessions, and creative projects, math will come alive for each and every participant.  Campers come back year after year to discover the never-ending wonders of mathematics; limited spaces remain, so sign up soon!  To learn more, visit transformations.momath.org.

Integrators: The MoMath High School Volunteer Program
MoMath accepts a limited number of high school students for ongoing volunteer roles during summer vacation and/or from September through June.  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.  Students who participate during summer vacation commit five days per week; school year volunteers commit one day each weekend.  MoMath is accepting applications for all positions now, but the application deadline for summer is June 30; applications for fall 2019 will be accepted through the end of summer.  Learn more and apply at volunteers.momath.org.

Retail Pick of the MonthGeometiles
Fill the lazy days of summer with creative geometric exploration!  Pick up the award-winning 96-piece set of Geometiles.  Start with a miniset: each 32-piece kit allows you to build a variety of shapes, including large and small tetrahedra, a dodecahedron, and an icosahedron, or large and small prisms, pyramids, and towers.  (Note that Additions, the shop at MoMath, will be closed on June 28th for inventory.  The online shop — and the Museum — will remain open.)

________________________________________________________

National Sunglasses Day at MoMath 
Thursday, June 27, from 1:00 pm

MoMath welcomes summer on National Sunglasses Day!  Buy a pair of MoMath sunglasses at Additions, the shop at MoMath, and get free Museum admission.  Or show up sporting your favorite pair of shades and receive half off!

Math Encounters: “Erdős Magic: Theorems, Conjectures, Lifestyle, and The Book” with Joel Spencer
Wednesday, July 3, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Paul Erdős was a giant of twentieth century mathematics whose results remain hugely influential.  While the popular press emphasized his eccentricities, those who knew Uncle Paul — as he was universally called — were enthralled by his repeated reference to The Book, a powerful metaphor for the repository of all mathematical knowledge.  Join mathematician Joel Spencer, one of more than five hundred Erdős collaborators, in a delightful exploration of Erdős and his approach to mathematical games.  Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.

Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens
Sunday, July 7, 5:30 pm

It has been a wonderful year for MoMath’s young adult book club!  From Alice to Lightning Girl to NUMB3RS, we’ve enjoyed adventures, intrigue, friendships, and of course lots of math (and pizza).  We’ve learned about quaternions, pentominoes, Pythagorean triples, hypercubes, and signed networks; we’ve also discussed art, architecture, and how detectives can use math to solve crimes.  Join us Sunday, July 7, for a review of our favorite stories and the greatest mathematical hits of the school year!  Bring your favorite quote or excerpt from any math-related book and be ready to share.  Haven’t attended before?  Come anyway and make some new friends!  Learn more and register at tweenprimes.momath.org.

Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for students in middle and high school
Sunday, July 7, 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 cookies and hot chocolate, and move to some great tunes, then you won’t want to miss this exciting program.  Register now at unlimited.momath.org.

Math Gym, a workout for your brain
Tuesday, July 9, 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 Math of Summer 
Tuesday, July 9, 6:30 pm

Why do the seasons change?  How come it’s summer here now, but it’s winter in the southern hemisphere?  And what does mathematics have to do with all this, anyway?  Join Rutgers Math Professor and MoMath Dean of Academic Content Alex Kontorovich for an evening of astronomical and mathematical adventure.  Learn more and register at summer.momath.org.

Equilibrium, an adult evening of mathematical games
Thursday, July 11, 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.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “Starry Night” with Ethan Bolker
Friday, July 12, 6:30 pm

Ancient Greek philosophers modeled the world with the four essences: earth, air, fire, and water.  Plato then attached those to the cube, octahedron, tetrahedron, and icosahedron, thinking of the dodecahedron, the fifth regular polyhedron, as representing the universe.  Centuries later Paolo Uccello, Johannes Kepler, and M. C. Escher explored a new type of dodecahedron built entirely from pentagrams (five-pointed stars) instead of pentagons.  Join mathematician Ethan Bolker as we weave together history, art, math, and twelve five-pointed stars, creating your very own stellated dodecahedron to take home!  Thanks to the generous support of Two Sigma, this program is free to attendees.  Register at familyfridays.momath.org.

Folding Fun at MoMath with OrigamiUSA
Sunday, July 14, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

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

Math, Games, and Strategy with Po-Shen Loh
Tuesday, July 30, 6:30 pm

What is the secret to finding the best path through life?  Hint: it might involve math!  Join USA International Mathematical Olympiad coach and Carnegie Mellon mathematics professor Po-Shen Loh in a discussion about games and their strategies, which ultimately connect math and real life.  You might even learn how to win at Monopoly!  Learn more and register at po.momath.org.

Hungry Birds
Thursday, August 1, 6:30 pm
Hungry Birds is a unique STEAM experience where magical math-making turns paper into a flock of ravenous chicks.  They squawk, glow, and move via programmable sensors.  From Sydney, Australia, this “flat to form” experience allows your thinking hands to transform 2D into 3D, combining metaphor with movement.  What a fabulous connected STEAM opportunity to get your squawk on!  Learn more and register at hungrybirds.momath.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “Mathematics — Starring YOU” with Sergio Belmonte Palmero
Friday, August 2, 6:30 pm
Have you ever been a “mathematical being”?  MoMath is delighted to welcome Sergio Belmonte Palmero, Vice President of MMACA (Museu de Matemàtiques de Catalunya), to a special event in which audience members become the main characters in a special role-play with math.  Take on the role of a single point in a life-sized coordinate system and see what happens as we create giant graphs of equations, inequalities, and more.  Then, become part of a special dance troupe in which everyone will move to the groove of math functions in a uniquely engaging, highly participatory performance.  You won’t just learn math…you’ll become it!  We’re waiting for you!  Thanks to the generous support of Two Sigma, this program is free to attendees.  Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.

Solar Eclipses: Math, Science, and Spectacle with Jay Pasachoff
Tuesday, August 6, 6:30 pm

As a veteran of 35 total solar eclipses, 17 annular solar eclipses, and 19 partial solar eclipses, astronomer Jay Pasachoff is uniquely positioned to share recent scientific work related to eclipses, international coordination of observations, and future plans.  What role does mathematics play in predicting eclipses, from the ancient saros observations to Halley’s 1715 map, and from Bessel’s 19th-century equations to today’s web-based zoom-and-click maps?  How do theoretical predictions based on magnetic-field measurements, emission spectra of high ionization lines, and radio observations compare to the high res images available today?  Join us to find out!  Learn more and register at solar.momath.org.

Math Encounters: “The Wall of Fire Theorem: A Story of Mathematical Discovery” with Jim Propp
Wednesday, August 7, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Where do the seeds of new theorems come from and how do they grow?  Researcher/educator/popularizer Jim Propp shares new mathematical results inspired by the Museum’s popular Wall of Fire exhibit, where you can slice a cube and find shapes that have 3, 4, 5, or even 6 sides.  What hidden pattern governs the number of sides of the cross-section?  Come learn some math that is literally cutting-edge!  Special introduction by mathematician Joel Spencer.  Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.

Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: The Writing on the Wall by Wendy Lichtman
Sunday, August 11, 5:30 pm

In this sequel to Secrets, Lies, and Algebra, eighth grade, like algebra, has become pretty complicated for Tess.  For one thing, there are the patterns she’s noticing everywhere — like how charming-on-the-outside Richard keeps playing scary pranks on her.  Then there’s the pattern of graffiti that keeps appearing on the wall by her school — could those numbers be a code meant for Tess?  Is it up to her to find out what they mean?  As she looks for formulas to help her figure it all out, she realizes that she just might have to make up her own solutions.  Sometimes, you just have to take risks!  Learn more and register at tweenprimes.momath.org.

Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for students in middle and high school
Sunday, August 11, 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 cookies and hot chocolate, and move to some great tunes, then you won’t want to miss this exciting program.  Register now at unlimited.momath.org.

Math Gym, a workout for your brain
Tuesday, August 13, 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 Amazing Work of Kokichi Sugihara
Tuesday, August 13, 6:30 pm

Can a ball roll uphill against gravity?  How can the reflection of a circle in a mirror appear as a rectangle?  Is it possible that an arrow, when rotated 180 degrees, continues to point in its original direction?  Join Kokichi Sugihara, Meiji University Distinguished Professor Emeritus, as he shares one incredibly impossible object after another.  Prepare to be amazed as Dr. Sugihara demonstrates how his clever illusions fool the brain, and how math underlies the engineering of each paradoxical illusion.  Learn more and register at amazing.momath.org.

Million Millimeter March
Wednesday, August 14, 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm
Missed the Million Millimeter March commemorating the arrival of the 106 visitor to MoMath?  Now you can join the fun and experience the most mathematical march in Midtown.  Join us for a number-filled walk through the neighborhood, including stops near the iconic Flatiron building and within Madison Square Park, as you learn some interesting and amazing numerical facts at special points along the way.  Learn more at march.momath.org.

Equilibrium, an adult evening of mathematical games
Thursday, August 15, 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.

NYC Math Festival
Saturday, August 17, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Fosun Plaza, 28 Liberty St.
Add a little math to your summer!  MoMath, together with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, is pleased to present the NYC Math Festival on Saturday, August 17, 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 feature group constructions of giant geometric sculptures, exciting mathematical juggling performances, and a live demo of solving the Rubik’s cube with one’s feet!  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: “Irrational Investigation: Why Pi Sometimes Equals 4” with Cornelia A. Van Cott
Wednesday, September 4, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Most of your mathematical life, you’ve known that pi is an irrational number somewhere between 3.1 and 3.2.  But if we exchange the usual notion of distance in two-dimensional space for other notions, pi can be any of an infinite number of different values.  What are these values?  What does a pi-value indicate about its associated distance function and vice versa?  You’ll be surprised at the number of twists and turns we encounter when we leave the safety of traditional distance measures for these uncharted territories.  Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.

The Mathematics of Simple Things
Thursday, September 5, 6:30 pm

Very simple objects can yield great mathematical richness.  Join mathematician Paul Zeitz in this first of an occasional series as he describes the surprising (and mathematical!) fun you can have with items as simple as a bag of cheap balloons and a tube of Skittles.  Learn more and register at most.momath.org.

Math Gym, a workout for your brain
Tuesday, September 10, 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.

________________________________________________________

Expansions: MoMath’s innovative program to engage and challenge NYC’s brightest math students (separated by level)
Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, beginning in September

Reinvent math class with Expansions, MoMath’s afternoon gifted program.  Featuring programs for mathematically gifted students currently enrolled in first through eighth 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 for fall 2019.

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 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 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 2019-2020 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.

Spread the MoMath word
Like MoMath?  Let the world know!  Share your comments on:

Join the MoMath community
Become a member today and help ensure that MoMath continues to deliver exciting and engaging math programs for all ages.  Visit momath.org/join to become a member and receive unlimited access to MoMath’s innovative exhibits, plus discounts in Additions, the shop at MoMath.  Become a premium member and receive early notices and invitations to exclusive MoMath events.  Join now and take advantage of MoMath’s low rates.  To learn more about long-term memberships, call 212-542-0566.

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.

We hope to see you at MoMath! Regards,
National Museum of Mathematics

Support MoMath at momath.org/contribute
momath.org
212-542-0566

11 E 26th St
New York, NY 10010
United States

Unsubscribe from this mailing
Opt-out of all future mailings
If you opt-out of all mailings you will not receive any news, newsletters, event confirmations, or event invitations from the National Museum of Mathematics.

2019 July-August
2019 June-July
2019 May-June
2019 April-June
2019 March-April
2019 February-March

2019 January-February
2018/2019 December-January
2018 November-December
2018 October-November
2018 September-October
2018 August-September
2018 July-August
2018 June-July
2018 May-June
2018 April-May
2018 March-April
2018 February-March
2018 January-February
2017 December-January
2017 November-December
2017 October-November
2017 September-October
2017 August-September
2017 July-August
2017 June-July
2017 May-June
2017 April-May
2017 March-April
2017 February-March
2017 January-February
2016 December-January
2016 November-December
2016 October-November
2016 September-October
2016 August-September
2016 July-August
2016 June-July
2016 May-June
2016 April-May
2016 March-April
2016 February-March
2016 January-February
2015 December-January
2015 November-December
2015 October-November
2015 September-October
2015 July-August
2015 June-July
2015 May-June
2015 April-May
2015 March-April
2015 February-March
2015 January-February
2014 December-January
2014 November-December
2014 October-November
2014 September-October
2014 August-September
2014 July-August
2014 June-July
2014 May-June
2014 April-May
2014 March-April
2014 February-March
2014 January-February
2013 December-January
2013 November-December
2013 October-November
2013 September-October
2013 July-August
2013 June-July
2013 May-June
2013 April-May
2013 March-April
2013 February-March