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:

“Mega-Models: the math behind computer simulations”

featuring Cristina Draghicescu

Wednesday, August 10
4:00 pm and 7:00 pm ET (New York)

(in person/online)

What is the weather forecast for next week?  Can we predict turbulence and should we worry about it during flights?  How do galaxies evolve?  We can describe and understand complex physical phenomena by modeling such systems as collections of “particles,” where particles can be anything from atoms and molecules to stars and galaxies.  But even the fastest computers cannot directly compute all the interactions when the number of particles is very large.  Math to the rescue!  Join mathematician Cristina Draghicescu as she describes how mathematical methods can tame these seemingly impossible computations.

Special introduction by Susanne Brenner, Boyd Professor of Mathematics at Louisiana State University and current President of SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics).


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.