Math Encounters

Note: Through August 2022, Math Encounters
will take place on the second Wednesday of the month.

Math Encounters is MoMath’s popular free public presentation series celebrating the spectacular world of mathematics, produced with support from the Simons Foundation.  For further information, call the National Museum of Mathematics at 212-542-0566 or email

Next up

Math Encounters:

“Mission to Mars: human mission challenges and the math that addresses them”

featuring Kevin Bowman

Wednesday, June 8
4:00 pm and 7:00 pm ET (New York)

(in person/online)

For more than half a century, we have sent landers, rovers, and even a drone to Mars.  But what will it take for humans to get there?  Discover the immensity of this quest as you embark on the most epic journey ever undertaken by humans in this presentation led by University of Central Lancashire mathematician Kevin Bowman.

Special introduction by Richard Garriott de Cayeux, video game developer, entrepreneur, and astronaut.


Photography notice

By registering for a Math Encounters presentation, you acknowledge that you may be photographed or videotaped by Museum staff and associates and agree to abide by the MoMath General Policies for Events and Photograph Release.

Books by the speakers

We are happy to offer books edited or authored by Math Encounters speakers through our online shop.

Math Encounters available on YouTube and DVD

Math Encounters presentations are generally posted to our YouTube page within one to two months of filming.  Due to copyright issues, some presentations may not be reproduced on the internet.  Presentations posted online are also available for purchase via our online shop.  Click here to purchase yours today!

Presented by the Simons Foundation and the National Museum of Mathematics.

Please note that all children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.