Upcoming Events at MoMath

New this fall!  Math Gym, a workout for your brain!
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 PhD mathematicians.  If you love math and want to experience the incredible joy of mathematical discovery, you won’t want to miss this new monthly program.  Dates will vary from month to month; program sessions run on October 24 and November 16.  Register today at workout.momath.org.

PolyPals, MoMath’s weekly toddler and preschool program
PolyPals is back!  The popular MoMath program for toddlers and preschoolers returns.  Recent studies have shown that a child’s math skills upon entering kindergarten can be a strong predictor of future academic performance in both math and reading throughout the elementary grades.  Math learning promotes working memory, improves attention, and increases other basic cognitive skills.  PolyPals offers the opportunity to listen to math-themed stories and have fun exploring the concepts behind them.  Engage your toddlers and preschoolers in these playful activities to help them develop a strong foundation.  Children will participate in songs, stories, and activities tied to a different theme each week.  Patterns, shapes, numbers, and more — PolyPals is a great way to enrich your child’s day with mathematical inspiration.  Register now at polypals.momath.org.

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.  Applications will be accepted as spots become available.

Math & Magic with Manjul
An eight-week minicourse with Fields Medalist Manjul Bhargava
Wednesdays through December 12

MoMath is pleased to announce a very special offering: an eight-week minicourse with Fields Medalist and Princeton University Professor, Manjul Bhargava.  Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a truly magical experience.  Register now; seating is limited.

Some of the very best magic tricks invented over the years have involved serious mathematics, including concepts from number theory, group theory, recursion theory, topology, coding theory, and cryptography.  Conversely, and somewhat more surprisingly, a great deal of nontrivial and important mathematics has been discovered in these areas in recent years due to corresponding developments in magic.  In fact, these mathematical ideas have also had important applications in areas beyond magic.  Join Fields Medalist and Princeton University Professor Manjul Bhargava in an engaging exploration of magic tricks and the beautiful mathematical ideas that drive them.  Learn more and register at magic.momath.org.

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.

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Volumes, the MoMath book club: HELLO WORLD: Being Human in the Age of Algorithms by Hannah Fry
Thursday, October 18, 6:30 pm

MoMath favorite Hannah Fry has a new book!  In HELLO WORLD, Hannah explores the role of algorithms in automating important decisions in crime, healthcare, relationships, and money.  Should we entrust ourselves to driverless cars?  Are machines capable of producing great works of art?  How do we balance the importance of making better medical diagnoses with the value of preserving privacy?  Our increasing reliance on pre-defined, quantitative decision-making rules, some of which are invisible to us, raises some interesting questions.  If you enjoyed Hannah’s Math Encounters presentation in September and want the opportunity to delve more deeply into some of the issues she exposed, or if you just want to join a provocative discussion of an increasingly serious issue facing society today, you won’t want to miss this event.  Learn more and register at volumes.momath.org.

Math with Bad Drawings: The Unlikely Friendship of Math and Science” with Ben Orlin
Friday, October 19, 6:00 pm

Join Ben Orlin, math educator and author of Math with Bad Drawings, as he discusses how seemingly useless bits of pure mathematics often find surprising applications.  How is it that, from knot theory to meta-logic to higher-dimensional geometry, the math that sounds the most fanciful turns out to be the most useful?  Learn more and register at orlin.momath.org.

Equilibrium, an adult evening of mathematical games, with special guest Ben Orlin
Saturday, October 20, 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.  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.  Plus, don’t miss Math with Bad Drawings’ Ben Orlin as he joins us to share an exciting version of a classic game: Ultimate Tic-Tac-Toe!  Learn more and register at equilibrium.momath.org.

“Catch that Ghost” — a MoMath puzzle hunt throughout midtown Manhattan, especially for families
Sunday, October 21, 11:00 am 

In this family-friendly puzzle event, teams of children and adult chaperones will explore midtown Manhattan on a location-based adventure, using their wits and mathematical knowledge to solve a mystery!  This puzzle hunt is specially designed for families and is solvable in approximately three hours.  Learn more and register at puzzlehunt.momath.org.

Folding Fun at MoMath with OrigamiUSA
Sunday, October 21, 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.

Martin Gardner’s Birthday
Sunday, October 21

Martin Gardner brought mathematics to more people in the world than anyone before or since, using puzzles, games, and even magic.  What better way to celebrate his birthday than to visit the Museum that carries on in his spirit, highlighting the wonder and beauty of math?  Plus, don’t miss the two exhibits that Martin himself hand-selected for MoMath, Monkey Around and Sixth Sense.  And in honor of what would have been Martin’s 104th birthday, spend $104 dollars in Additions, the shop at MoMath, and receive a copy of Martin Gardner’s Perplexing Puzzles and Tantalizing Teasers for free!

“Creative Math Insights for the Everyday — Sports and Recreation Edition” with Po-Shen Loh
Monday, October 22, 6:30 pm

What do mathematics and athletics have in common?  Po-Shen Loh, professor of mathematics at Carnegie Mellon University and coach of the three-time gold medal-winning USA International Mathematical Olympiad team, returns to MoMath for one night only to share puzzles that illustrate how mathematical thinking can provide new understanding in the athletic world and vice versa.  See how mathematical reasoning can help us make sense out of these thought-provoking situations, and experience the surprising and fun nature of mathematics in the process.  Learn more and register at sports.momath.org.

2018 MoMath Gala, hosted by Peter Muller and featuring retired NFL professional John Urschel
Tuesday, October 23, 6:00 pm

Calling all mathletes, athletes, and dedicated MoMath fans!  Join mathematics celebrities including retired NFL player (and current MIT Ph.D. candidate) John Urschel, coach of the gold-medal-winning United States’ International Mathematical Olympiad team Po-Shen Loh, Fields Medalist Manjul Bhargava, and many other acclaimed mathematicians at MoMath’s annual gala, a fundraiser to support the Museum.  This year’s gala will once again be hosted by financial whiz Pete Muller, and it will include musical entertainment by Pete and jazz saxophonist Marcus Miller.  Learn more and register at gala.momath.org.

Math Gym, a workout for your brain!
Wednesday, October 24, 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 PhD mathematicians.  If you love math and want to experience the incredible joy of mathematical discovery, you won’t want to miss this new monthly program.  Register today at workout.momath.org.

MATRIX 2018
October 29-31 in Barcelona, Spain

Are you a math educator, mathematician, or science museum professional interested in math outreach?  If so, the 2018 MATRIX conference may be for you!  Join MoMath and our colleagues from MMACA and other math museums around the world for the third international conference on math outreach, taking place in lovely Barcelona, Spain, this October 29 through 31.  For more information or to register, visit matrix.momath.org.

MoMath 2018-2019 Professional Development Days
Educators, register for one, two, or three professional development days at MoMath during the 2018-2019 school year.  Advance tickets are $175; day-of tickets will be $199, if available.  Special offer: Buy all three days together for a discounted price of $495!

Metros and Metrics — Professional Development Day
Tuesday, November 6, 9:30 am

Educators, mark your calendars now for an exciting day of mathematical discovery this fall.  Taxicabs, the NYC subway, and the British rail all serve as a backdrop for an exploration of bizarre alternative concepts of distance.  Don’t miss this unusual day of hands-on professional development on November 6.  Learn more and register at pd.momath.org.

M-cubed — Professional Development Day (high school educators only)
Monday, January 28, 2019, 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Join Professor Alex Kontorovich as he illuminates some of the most beautiful and timeless mathematical problems and solutions, the people behind these discoveries, and the historical developments that led to each breakthrough.  Geared for high school educators, this series will provide a bird’s-eye view of many landmark developments in mathematics, from antiquity to the 20th century.  Learn more and register at pd.momath.org.

Artful Math — Professional Development Day
Thursday, June 6, 9:30 am – 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.

Math Encounters: “Certain Variation: You Never Step in the Same River Twice” with Gerald van Belle
Wednesday, November 7, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Change is the one constant in life.  How can mathematics bring some certainty to variation?  Biostatistician Gerald van Belle shares everyday stories and interactive activities that highlight the sometimes surprising analysis of variability.  Reinforcing planes in warfare, walking or running in the rain, storks and babies, missing data, and more — see how a mathematical lens helps shed new light on the study of change.  Special introduction by Gerard T. van Belle, Chief Scientist of Lowell Observatory’s Navy Precision Optical Interferometer.  Learn more at mathencounters.org.

“When to Lie in Teaching Math” with Grant Sanderson of 3blue1brown
Tuesday, November 13, 6:30 pm

Why is Wikipedia, despite being a great reference, such a bad resource for learning math?  Why do some people find school math classes to be dry and unmotivated?  Perhaps it’s because there’s more of an emphasis on being precise than on being clear.  And surprising as this may sound, sometimes, the best way to understand math is to spend time contemplating wrong ideas or ideas that are only partially true.  Join the creator of the hot YouTube channel 3blue1brown, Grant Sanderson, as he explains why the fastest path to understanding might involve walking through wrong ideas and partial truths, and how that informs his creative process.  Learn more and register at 3blue1brown.momath.org.

“Should I Insure My Phone?  Games and Mathematics for Modeling Risk”
Thursday, November 15, 6:30 pm

When facing risk, math is essential in making fully informed, sound financial decisions.  Play a series of dice games that will help you model decision-making about insurance and will leave you better-armed to face real-life decisions in the future.  MoMath is delighted to partner with FiCycle in the first of an occasional series designed to help students of all ages learn the essential concepts for managing their financial lives.  Learn more and register at ficycle.momath.org.

Math Gym, a workout for your brain!
Friday, November 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 PhD mathematicians.  If you love math and want to experience the incredible joy of mathematical discovery, you won’t want to miss this new monthly program.  Register today at workout.momath.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “Recycled Math” with Nick Sayers
Friday, November 16, 6:30 pm

Ever seen art made from trash bags, realtor signs, plastic bottles, or soda cans?  Join science-inspired British artist Nick Sayers, who makes art from all these everyday materials and more.  See examples of his work and enjoy some hands-on activities demonstrating how mathematics underpins it all.  Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the hidden geometry of trash, the magic of mathematics, and the creative potential of recycling at familyfridays.momath.org.

Equilibrium, an adult evening of mathematical games
Saturday, November 17, 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.  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.

Folding Fun at MoMath with OrigamiUSA
Sunday, November 18, 10:30 am to 12:30 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: An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Sunday, November 18, 5:30 pm
When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton’s type is girls named Katherine.  And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped.  Nineteen times, to be exact.  On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun — but no Katherines.  Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl.  Love, friendship, and a dead Austro-Hungarian archduke add up to surprising and heart-changing conclusions in Printz medalist John Green’s ingeniously layered comic novel about reinventing oneself.  Learn more and register at tweenprimes.momath.org.

Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for students in 6th through 9th grades
Sunday, November 18, 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.

“Patterns in Nature: how they inspired my mathematical journey” with Fields Medalist Manjul Bhargava
Tuesday, November 27, 7:30 pm
MoMath is pleased to announce the inaugural public presentation from its 2018-19 Distinguished Chair for the Public Dissemination of Mathematics, Fields Medalist Manjul Bhargava.  Don’t miss this chance to hear from one of the brightest minds in mathematics.  His story, from growing up on suburban Long Island, to attending some of the top academic institutions in the world, to winning the most coveted award in all of mathematics, will delight and entertain you while also conveying the amazing beauty of mathematics in the world around us.  Register at patterns.momath.org.

Quadrivium, MoMath’s Math plus Music Salon, featuring Marcus Miller and special guests
Saturday, December 1, 8:00 pm

Jazz musicians and mathematicians view their work in much the same way: mastery of theory, problem solving, skill sets, and joyous, spontaneous creation are all part of the deep history and the ongoing development of jazz and mathematics.  Quadrivium, MoMath’s exciting Math plus Music Salon hosted by jazz saxophonist Marcus Miller, brings together the creative and technical communities in NYC and creates a space where learning and growth are filled with fun, wonder, and warmth.  Enjoy performances by host and moderator Marcus Miller; then stick around for the afterparty, featuring music by DJ Luna Rosa and a lively dance party on Manhattan’s only Voronoi dance floor.  Learn more and register at quadrivium.momath.org.

Math Encounters: “Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy” with Cathy O’Neil
Wednesday, December 5, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

In an age where many of the decisions that affect our lives — where we go to school, whether we get a car loan, how much we pay for health insurance — are being made not by humans, but by mathematical models, author and former Wall Street quant Cathy O’Neil sounds an alarm.  The models being used today are opaque, unregulated, and uncontestable, even when they’re wrong.  Welcome to the dark side of Big Data.  Join the discussion about the mathematical models that pervade modern life — and threaten to rip apart our social fabric.  Learn more at mathencounters.org.

“West Side Story Reimagined” performed by the multi-Grammy-nominated Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band
Saturday, December 8, 7:30 pm

The composer and mathematician Joseph Schillinger once said, “Math is music, music is math.”  No better example of this can be found than in Leonard Bernstein’s incredible score to West Side Story.  Fusing progressive big-band jazz, lyric opera, modern dance, Latin rhythms, and symphonic and chamber music into a groundbreaking masterpiece, it revolutionized the Broadway musical.  A student of numerology, Bernstein created the entire score from the haunting opening three notes of the whistle which he adapted from the Jewish shofar ram’s horn call to war.  It opened the door to a multiverse of modern harmony, complex rhythms, and meters that left audiences amazed.  Join the 21-piece multi-Grammy-nominated Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band as they perform their critically acclaimed Latin jazz reimagining of the entire score in celebration of the maestro’s centennial!  Hosted by Alex Kontorovich, MoMath’s Dean of Academic Content and Professor of Mathematics at Rutgers, the evening promises to be an unforgettable experience.  Limited tickets are now available at westsidestory.momath.org.  The National Museum of Mathematics is grateful to Deborah and Dexter Senft for their support of this exciting program.

Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: The Unknowns by Benedict Carey
Sunday, December 9, 5:30 pm
In a trailer park called Adjacent, next to the Folsom Energy Plant, people have started to vanish, and no one seems to care.  At first Lady Di and her best friend, Tom Jones, barely notice the disappearances — until their beloved math tutor, Mrs. Clarke, is abducted, too.  Mrs. Clarke has left them clues in the form of math equations that lead them all over the trailer park, through hidden tunnels under “Mount Trashmore,” and into the Folsom Energy Plant itself, where Lady Di and Tom Jones and a gang of other misfits uncover the sordid truth about what’s really happening there.  Learn more and register at tweenprimes.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.  Applications will be accepted as spots become available.

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.


Beautiful Math
See what mathematicians think is beautiful about mathematics at beautiful.momath.org.  Now featuring Stephen Wolfram!

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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!