Math Encounters

Note: For the months of February – April 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:

“Top Picks: How mathematics can be used to rank sports teams”

featuring John Urschel

Wednesday, February 9
4:00 pm and 7:00 pm ET (New York)

(in person/online)

How good is your team?  In any sports league, a team’s win/loss record is often used to measure success.  But in large leagues where not all teams play each other, often this simple win/loss record doesn’t fully answer the question.  Join mathematician John Urschel, a former professional football player himself, to discover how a little bit of math can go a long way in answering this and other related questions.

Special introduction by Christina Lewis, Founder and President of All Star Code.

This event will be hosted in person at MoMath (11 E 26th Street in Manhattan) and broadcasted online.

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.