Upcoming Events at MoMath

Real Math: Four Success Stories Based on Mathematics
Tuesday, May 22, 6:00 pm

Are you a high school senior — or an enthusiastic underclassman or college undergraduate — who likes math? Not quite sure what you can do as a math major? Well, wonder no more! On Tuesday, May 22 at 6:00 pm, come to MoMath and hear from four math majors who took very diverse paths in their highly successful careers. During this open panel discussion, you’ll be encouraged to ask any questions you like of these very accomplished people, everything from how they ended up in the fields they chose to how you might best position yourself to enter that field. From quantum physics to quantitative finance, from cutting edge research to NSA cryptology, from math and computers to winning an Academy Award — don’t miss these compelling stories of success! Plus, the Museum’s lower level exhibits will be open just for you after the event — stick around to mix and mingle with the panelists, to chat with other math fans, and to enjoy the nation’s only Museum of Math. It’s a perfect time to visit, with exams behind you and summer just around the corner — and to hear more about careers in math from these very inspiring people. For more information and to register, visit real.momath.org.

Featured panelists:

• Julia Kempe is a mathematician and computer scientist. Her academic research focused on quantum computing while she was a Professor at Tel Aviv University and at the University of Paris. Six years ago, she switched gears and now works in quantitative finance.

• Alex Kontorovich is a Professor of Mathematics at Rutgers and currently a von Neumann Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He has a BA in Mathematics from Princeton, a PhD from Columbia, and taught at Brown, Stony Brook, and Yale before moving to Rutgers.

• Ken Perlin is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at New York University and the Director of the Future Reality Lab. In 1997, he won an Academy Award for Technical Achievement from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his noise and turbulence procedural texturing techniques, which are widely used in feature films and television.

• David Saltman is the Director of the Center for Communications Research in Princeton, NJ. Since the 1950s, this Center (part of the IDA, the Institute for Defense Analyses) has performed fundamental research in support of the National Security Agency’s mission in cryptology. David has also participated in several summer programs hosted by IDA’s research centers to resolve really tough problems, sometimes with remarkable success.

Open Set 2018: A Night of Original Musical Performance
Thursday, May 24, 6:30 pm

Add a little math to your music! We asked mathemusicians around the world to send us their best original mathematical lyrics or compositions. Now, you can hear the winners at a special night of live musical performance. Settle in for an evening of clever lyrics and fun tunes. Plus, if you’re inspired, a few spaces may be available for brave members of the audience to perform on the spot. Learn more and register at mathmusic.momath.org.

Understanding the Mathematics of Blackjack, with Blackjack Hall of Fame member and author Don Schlesinger
Wednesday, May 30, 6:30 pm

Don Schlesinger, one of the world’s foremost authorities on the game of casino blackjack and author of the highly respected Blackjack Attack: Playing the Pros’ Way, will explain the mathematical principles that apply to the game and why skillful blackjack players can obtain an advantage over the house. Attendees will learn how the basic strategy of play was derived and will have the opportunity to participate in a demonstration of the Hi-Lo card counting system. Copies of the book, as well as Don’s Ultimate Blackjack Strategy Cards, will be on sale and the author will be signing. Learn more and register at blackjack.momath.org.

Equilibrium, an adult evening of mathematical games
Saturday, June 2, 6:00 pm

Tabletop gaming is more fun than ever! Come join old friends and new for a fun-filled, adult evening of mathematically-rich, hands-on games. Enjoy classics like Yahtzee and chess, modern options from Laser Maze to Pyramid Arcade to Lost Cities, and even MoMath’s own twist on mathematical favorites like Hex and Nim. 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.

Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: More Math Adventures with Penrose the Mathematical Cat by Theoni Pappas
Sunday, June 3, 5:30 pm

Tweens and teens, there’s a book club for you, too! Join MoMath at Tween Primes for an interesting discussion and to make new friends. Penrose, the famous mathematically-minded cat, is at it again. Join Penrose on all new math adventures as he brings the world of mathematics to life with amusing, fascinating, and exciting stories. Learn more and register at tweenprimes.momath.org.

Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for middle and early high school students
Sunday, June 3, 6:30 pm

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 don’t miss this exciting program just for 6th through 10th graders. Learn more and register at unlimited.momath.org.

Math Encounters: “From Fairy Tales to Finite Elements: How Mathematics Connects With Fiction” with Manil Suri
Wednesday, June 6, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Join mathematician, bestselling novelist, and frequent New York Times op-ed writer Manil Suri on a fascinating exploration of the mathematical essence of fiction. Discover how we use some of the same mathematical techniques whether plotting fairy tales or solving engineering problems, or engaging in a diversity of other disciplines. Special introduction by Cheryl Young, Executive Director of the MacDowell Colony, an artists’ colony that has supported winners of at least 79 Pulitzer Prizes, 781 Guggenheim Fellowships, 100 Rome Prizes, 30 National Book Awards, 26 Tony Awards, 24 MacArthur Fellowships, 9 Grammys, 8 Oscars, and 8 National Medals for the Arts. Learn more and register at mathencounters.org. Plus, earn a free Math Encounters t-shirt… see friendme.momath.org.

Math Rediscovered! — Professional Development Day
Thursday, June 7, 8:00 am

Thinking about a field trip to the National Museum of Mathematics? To get the most out of your future visit, join us for a morning of exploration and discovery. Led by MoMath’s Chief of Education, Dr. Nat Stahl, you’ll learn about the mathematics behind several of the Museum’s exhibits, how they relate to school curriculum, and the Museum’s unique approach to pedagogy. You’ll come away with strategies and questions to help your students learn, discover, and develop growth mindsets during a visit to MoMath. The best part? This exclusive gathering takes place before the Museum opens to the public, giving participants a quiet space to engage with exhibits and share ideas. We hope to see you there! Learn more and register at rediscover.momath.org.

Folding Fun at MoMath with OrigamiUSA
Sunday, June 10, 12:00 pm to 2:00 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 is Sexy – MoMath celebrates Pride with a late-night party
Thursday, June 21, 8:00 pm to midnight

Join MoMath in a celebration of diversity and inclusion, courtesy of our friends at OppenheimerFunds. Food, drinks, music, dancing, and math — don’t miss the geek chic event of the season! $25 early bird tickets through June 1. Learn more and register at pride.momath.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “Pascal’s Triangle and ‘Interesting’ Numbers” with Char Morrow
Friday, June 22, 6:30 pm

What do the numbers 1, 3, 6, 10, 15, 20, 21, 28… have in common? And why are they so interesting to mathematicians, to statisticians, and even to artists? Pascal’s Triangle provides a “catalog” listing all such numbers. If you don’t already know about this magical triangle — or even if you do — you won’t want to miss the hands-on exploration of this incredibly fascinating collection of numbers, guided by Char Morrow, Faculty Emeritus, Mount Holyoke College and Chair, Board of Directors, OrigamiUSA. Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.

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Sign up now for 2018 Transformations summer camp at MoMath!

Rising first through ninth graders, spend the summer exploring the fun and beauty of mathematics with MoMath’s dynamic camp program. Campers come back year after year to discover the never-ending wonders of mathematics, so sign up early for a spot. This year, MoMath introduces the new Gammas level, exclusively for deep-diving seventh through ninth graders! To learn more, visit summercamp.momath.org.

Expansions: MoMath’s program to engage and challenge NYC’s brightest math students

Reinvent math class with Expansions, MoMath’s afternoon gifted program. Featuring programs for all mathematically gifted students currently enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade, Expansions workshops are designed and delivered by MoMath’s educational team to challenge and inspire students and to broaden their mathematical horizons. Apply now at expansions.momath.org.

Expansions offers sessions at several levels that are differentiated by mathematical experience rather than age. Admission is by application only. To learn more and apply, visit expansions.momath.org.

Weekend programs for families

Take a tour with MoMath’s new Derivatives tour program, or join one of MoMath’s specially-trained educators in Explorations, a hands-on classroom experience to discover the wonder of mathematics. 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.