Upcoming Events at MoMath

Solid Math — The art of shape, form, and structure
Now in Composite, the gallery at MoMath
Free with Museum admission
Solid Math is a temporary exhibition featuring sculptures based on the geometry of Platonic, Archimedean, and Catalan polyhedra.  The inherently precise nature of these mathematical forms, their completeness, their elegant symmetries, and their unique structures, have made them subjects of fascination for centuries.  The geometry of these forms provides the formal constraints as well as the rhythmic underpinnings for the pieces presented in this show.  Come see the art, create shapes inside a polyhedral kaleidoscope, and build your own polyhedra at the construction station!  Learn more at solidmath.momath.org.

The 2019 Rosenthal Prize for Innovation and Inspiration in Math Teaching — deadline approaching!
Now open to math professors and math educators around the world. 
Submit your most creative math lesson today!  MoMath is seeking an exceptional math activity to share with math teachers around the world.  The winning activity will be innovative, engaging, hands-on, original, replicable, and designed for students in grades four through eight; however, you do not need to be a middle school teacher to apply.  The Rosenthal Prize carries a cash award of $25,000 for the single best activity, plus up to five additional monetary awards for other innovative and inspirational activities.  The application period closes on May 15, 2019.  To learn more and submit an entry, visit rosenthal.momath.org.

Perspectives: The MoMath Summer College Volunteer Program
Each summer, MoMath offers Perspectives, a full-time volunteer program for college undergraduates.  Students who complete Perspectives build skills in communicating math concepts to the public, develop a strong level of knowledge and experience in what it takes to operate a successful business, and gain exposure to a variety of interesting programs, lectures, and people.  Please note that participation in Perspectives is unpaid.  MoMath is currently accepting applications for summer 2019 positions.  Learn more and apply at volunteers.momath.org.

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, 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.  Learn more and register at moves.momath.org.

Million Millimeter March for MoMath
Who will be MoMath’s one millionth visitor?  Step through the pi-handled doors of MoMath in 2019 to see if it’s you!  Sign up now for the Million Millimeter March for MoMath, and you’ll receive the secret instructions to join the March, held on the day the millionth visitor arrives.  Register at million.momath.org!

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Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “Impromptu Magic & Math — Stunts to Dazzle Your Family and Friends!” with Mark Mitton and Manjul Bhargava
Friday, April 26, 6:30 pm

Join world-renowned magician Mark Mitton and Fields Medalist Manjul Bhargava as they explore magic tricks, puzzles, and mathematical curiosities from the writings of the legendary Martin Gardner.  In this interactive workshop, Mark and Manjul will demonstrate the power of surprise and its relationship to the wonders of math.  Watch Mark tie up Manjul from head to toe and witness Manjul’s topological impossibility!  Plus, learn secrets to feats you can perform with everyday objects, anywhere and anytime.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn some amazing tricks from this dynamic duo.  Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.

Volumes, the MoMath book club: Infinite Powers
A special discussion with mathematician and author Steven Strogatz
Saturday, April 27, 1:00 pm

MoMath is pleased to announce a special edition of Volumes this month!  In lieu of the usual book discussion, MoMath is delighted to welcome preeminent math personality and Cornell University math professor Steven Strogatz to discuss his new book, Infinite Powers, an appealing explanation of calculus — how it works and why it makes our lives immeasurably better.  Without calculus, we wouldn’t have cell phones, TV, GPS, or ultrasound.  We wouldn’t have unraveled DNA, or discovered Neptune, or figured out how to put 5,000 songs in our pockets.  Steve’s newest book demonstrates that calculus is not about complexity; it’s about simplicity, and about how an unreal number — infinity — can be used to tackle real‑world problems, breaking them down into easier ones and then reassembling the answers into solutions that feel miraculous.  Learn more and register at volumes.momath.org.

In Praise of Not Paying Attention, with Barry Cipra
Tuesday, April 30, 6:30 pm
MoMath is delighted to welcome mathematician and freelance writer Barry Cipra, whose reporting has kept us informed for decades about the latest developments in mathematics, as he describes some mathematical puzzles, problems, and games he has dreamt up over the years while letting his mind wander during math lectures and other occasions.  Join us for a stimulating presentation that will certainly give you things to think about…whether you pay attention to his talk or not!  Learn more and register at cipra.momath.org.  

Math Encounters: “Hot Hands: What Data Science Can (And Can’t) Tell Us about Basketball Trends” with Lisa Goldberg
Wednesday, May 1, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Is the hot hand in basketball a real phenomenon or a cognitive illusion?  Join Lisa Goldberg, UC Berkeley Professor of Economics and Statistics, as she describes a data-driven approach to this controversial question and explains how data science, despite its great contribution to sports, can go only so far in addressing some of the difficult underlying issues.  Special introduction by UC Berkeley Professor of Mathematics Ken Ribet.  Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.

Equilibrium, an adult evening of mathematical games
Thursday, May 2, 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. 

National Math Festival: Wonder-ful Math with MoMath!
Saturday, May 4 in Washington, D.C.

Join the National Museum of Mathematics for a day of interactive fun!  Slice shapes with lasers, explore giant mazes, crank up the math tunes, design a roller coaster, and more…  Enjoy these and other Math Midway classics plus experience the surprising shapes of math with Formula Morph, jump into an exciting race of mathematical and visual perception with TetraTruchet, and much more.  MoMath is also pleased to provide an opportunity for you to take home a little bit of the Museum: we’ll be setting up an outpost of Additions, the shop at MoMath, for all your festival gift needs.  Come join the fun at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place NW, Washington, D.C.

Volunteer with MoMath at the National Math Festival!
Friday, May 3 (8:00 am to 3:00 pm) and Saturday, May 4 (9:00 am to 5:30 pm); partial-day shifts also available.
MoMath is looking for enthusiastic, math-savvy volunteers to help visitors enjoy a variety of hands-on, interactive exhibits and allow them to discover the wonder and beauty of mathematics.  High school students and adults welcome: dcvolunteers.momath.org.

Folding Fun at MoMath with OrigamiUSA
Sunday, May 5, 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.

Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: The Numbers Behind NUMB3RS: Solving Crime with Mathematics by Keith J. Devlin and Gary Lorden
Sunday, May 5, 5:30 pm
Using the popular CBS prime-time TV crime series NUMB3RS as a springboard, Keith Devlin (known to millions of NPR listeners as the Math Guy) and Gary Lorden (the principal math advisor to NUMB3RS) explain real-life mathematical techniques used by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies to catch and convict criminals.  From forensics to counterterrorism, the Riemann hypothesis to image enhancement, solving murders to beating casinos, Devlin and Lorden present compelling cases that illustrate how advanced mathematics can be used in state-of-the-art criminal investigations.  Learn more and register at tweenprimes.momath.org.

Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for students in 6th through 9th grades
Sunday, May 5, 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.

Welcome to the Edge!, Math and Financial Literacy with FiCycle
Wednesday, May 8, 6:30 pm

How do financial applications make math even more fun and engaging?  And what does the popular Edge FX exhibit in the Museum have to do with the stock market?  Join FiCycle founder Andrew Davidson as he takes us on a tour of the interconnected worlds of math and finance; then join us for a dessert reception after the program for your chance to mix and mingle with Andy and the FiCycle team.  Learn how they are leading the way in improving the nation’s math courses by tying them to the practical purpose of solving financial problems.  Parents, students age 12 and up, educators, math enthusiasts, and math advocates are all welcome to join us at this free event.  Learn more and register at edge.momath.org.

Balkan Brass, with the Zlatne Uste Brass Band
Saturday, May 11, 8:00 pm
Join MoMath’s Dean of Academic Content Alex Kontorovich and Grammy Award-winning musician Frank London for a mathemusical evening focusing on the complex rhythms that define the Balkan music and dance traditions, featuring a special performance by the Zlatne Uste Brass Band.  Learn more and register at balkan.momath.org.

The Six Series: “Six Magical Concepts” with Joshua Jay
Wednesday, May 15, 6:30 pm

Master magician Joshua Jay will explore the intersection of magic and mathematics with a dazzling demonstration of seemingly impossible tricks that involve secret mathematics.  Various trick methods will be explored, as well as the fascinating background on how magic tricks are created.  Known for his widely acclaimed show “Six Impossible Things,” Joshua turns his talent to math, bringing six mathemagical concepts in celebration of MoMath’s sixth birthday.  Part show, part lecture, this special event brings a former world champion of sleight-of-hand to MoMath for an evening of numbers, magic, and entertainment.  Learn more and register at six.momath.org.

Math Gym, a workout for your brain
Thursday, May 16, 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 problem you like from a specially curated selection and work under the guidance and with the mentorship of one of MoMath’s expert mathematicians.  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.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “RhythMatics” with Stephon Alexander and Will Calhoun
Friday, May 31, 6:30 pm
What does a hip-hop or rock and roll rhythm have to do with geometry, space and time, and numbers?  In this highly interactive event, mathematical physicist and musician Stephon Alexander and Living Colour drummer and multi-Grammy Award-winner Will Calhoun will take you on a journey into the connections between mathematics and rhythm.  Collaborate with Alexander and Calhoun to create an original hip-hop beat using new ideas that relate mathematics to rhythm — RhythMatics!   Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.

Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: The Wright 3 by Blue Balliett
Sunday, June 2, 5:30 pm
When inexplicable accidents and ghostly happenings occur at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House, it’s up to junior sleuths Petra Andalee and Calder Pillay to piece together the clues of this mystery.  Stir in Calder’s friend Tommy, H.G. Wells’ The Invisible Man, 3-D pentominoes, and the hunt for a coded message left behind by Wright, and the kids become tangled in a dangerous web in which life and art intermingle with death, deception, and surprise.  Learn more and register at tweenprimes.momath.org.

Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for students in 6th through 9th grades
Sunday, June 2, 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 Encounters: “Cracking the Code: How Math Was Used to Decrypt Drivers License Numbers” with Joe Gallian
Wednesday, June 5, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Sometimes, things done just for the sake of curiosity can have interesting applications.  Join Joe Gallian, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Minnesota Duluth, as he shares his story of breaking the codes for drivers license numbers in several states, just for the fun of it, and how he made use of an important problem-solving technique to do so.  Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.

Artful Math — professional development for educators
Thursday, June 6, 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Connect the dots between math and art!  Spend the day gaining new perspectives as you enjoy the creative side of math, then turn things around and explore the analytical side of art.  Plus, experience engaging, hands-on activities at the intersection of math and art that you can take back to school to share with your students.  Learn more and register at pd.momath.org.

Equilibrium, an adult evening of mathematical games
Friday, June 7, 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.

Quadrivium, MoMath’s Math+Music Salon, featuring Marcus Miller — save the date!
Friday, June 14, 8:00 pm

Quadrivium brings together the creative and technical communities in NYC and creates a space where learning and growth are filled with fun, wonder, and warmth.  Hosted by Harvard-trained mathematician and popular jazz saxophonist Marcus Miller, this series features engaging discussions and dynamic musical performances, plus an after-event featuring music by DJ Luna Rosa and a lively dance party on Manhattan’s only Voronoi dance floor.  More information and registration coming soon to quadrivium.momath.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “Step into Mathematics” with Albrecht Beutelspacher
Friday, June 21, 6:30 pm

Join Mathematikum founder and mathematician Albrecht Beutelspacher as he shares some of his favorite math experiments, designed to draw people into the exciting world of mathematics exploration and discovery.  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, June 25, 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 problem you like from a specially curated selection and work under the guidance and with the mentorship of one of MoMath’s expert mathematicians.  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.

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

Reinvent math class with Expansions, MoMath’s afternoon gifted program.  Featuring programs for mathematically gifted students currently enrolled in 1st through 8th 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.

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 OppenheimerFunds, 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 2018-2019 school year, visit titleone.momath.org.  Interested in sponsoring a field trip?  Email donation@momath.org.

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Beautiful Math
See what mathematicians think is beautiful about mathematics at beautiful.momath.org.

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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.

We hope to see you at MoMath!