Upcoming Events at MoMath

Math Midway Returns!
Composite, the gallery at MoMath
July 13 through July 19

Experience a selection of the uniquely engaging exhibits that launched the nation’s only Museum of Math.  This traveling suite of hands-on, interactive activities is a hit at schools, science festivals, and community events, and now it returns to MoMath for one week only!

Math Unfolded, curated by Charlene Morrow and Wendy Zeichner of OrigamiUSA
Composite, the gallery at MoMath
Opens July 27

Start with a piece of flat paper, make a few folds, and suddenly you have a landscape of mountains and valleys, shadows and light.  Make more folds and you have an object that is deeply surprising in its transformation and artistic beauty.  Math Unfolded demonstrates how origami artists can persuade paper to embody the beauty of mathematics.  Come see the creations of over 20 artists who use mathematical inventions and interpretations to create compelling works of art.  Learn more at unfolded.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, this year 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.  And of course, there will be plenty of folding!  Learn more and register at moves.momath.org


Math, Games, and Strategy with Po-Shen Loh
Tuesday, July 30, 6:30 pm
What is the secret to finding the best path through life?  Hint: it might involve math!  Join USA International Mathematical Olympiad coach and Carnegie Mellon mathematics professor Po-Shen Loh in a discussion about games and their strategies, which ultimately connect math and real life.  You might even learn how to win at Monopoly!  Learn more and register at po.momath.org.

Hungry Birds
Thursday, August 1, 6:30 pm

Hungry Birds
is a unique STEAM experience where magical math-making turns paper into a flock of ravenous chicks.  They squawk, glow, and move via programmable sensors.  From Sydney, Australia, this “flat to form” experience allows your thinking hands to transform 2D into 3D, combining metaphor with movement.  What a fabulous connected STEAM opportunity to get your squawk on!  Learn more and register at hungrybirds.momath.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “Mathematics — Starring YOU” with Sergio Belmonte Palmero
Friday, August 2, 6:30 pm
Have you ever been a “mathematical being”?  MoMath is delighted to welcome Sergio Belmonte Palmero, Vice President of MMACA (Museu de Matemàtiques de Catalunya), to a special event in which audience members become the main characters in a special role-play with math.  Take on the role of a single point in a life-sized coordinate system and see what happens as we create giant graphs of equations, inequalities, and more.  Then, become part of a special dance troupe in which everyone will move to the groove of math functions in a uniquely engaging, highly participatory performance.  You won’t just learn math…you’ll become it!  We’re waiting for you!  Thanks to the generous support of Two Sigma, this program is free to attendees.  Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.

Solar Eclipses: Math, Science, and Spectacle
Tuesday, August 6, 6:30 pm

As a veteran of 35 total solar eclipses, 17 annular solar eclipses, and 19 partial solar eclipses, astronomer Jay Pasachoff is uniquely positioned to share recent scientific work related to eclipses, international coordination of observations, and future plans.  What role does mathematics play in predicting eclipses, from the ancient saros observations to Halley’s 1715 map, and from Bessel’s 19th-century equations to today’s web-based zoom-and-click maps?  How do theoretical predictions based on magnetic-field measurements, emission spectra of high ionization lines, and radio observations compare to the high res images available today?  Join us to find out!  Learn more and register at solar.momath.org.

Math Encounters: “The Wall of Fire Theorem: A Story of Mathematical Discovery” with Jim Propp
Wednesday, August 7, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Where do the seeds of new theorems come from and how do they grow?  Researcher/educator/popularizer Jim Propp shares new mathematical results inspired by the Museum’s popular Wall of Fire exhibit, where you can slice a cube and find shapes that have 3, 4, 5, or even 6 sides.  What hidden pattern governs the number of sides of the cross-section? Come learn some math that is literally cutting-edge!  Special introduction by mathematician Joel Spencer.  Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.

Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: The Writing on the Wall by Wendy Lichtman
Sunday, August 11, 5:30 pm

In this sequel to Secrets, Lies, and Algebra, eighth grade, like algebra, has become pretty complicated for Tess.  For one thing, there are the patterns she’s noticing everywhere — like how charming-on-the-outside Richard keeps playing scary pranks on her.  Then there’s the pattern of graffiti that keeps appearing on the wall by her school — could those numbers be a code meant for Tess?  Is it up to her to find out what they mean?  As she looks for formulas to help her figure it all out, she realizes that she just might have to make up her own solutions.  Sometimes, you just have to take risks!  Learn more and register at tweenprimes.momath.org.

Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for students in middle and high school
Sunday, August 11, 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 Gym, a workout for your brain
Tuesday, August 13, 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 challenges you like and explore them with the guidance and mentorship of an expert mathematician.  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.

The Amazing Work of Kokichi Sugihara
Tuesday, August 13, 6:30 pm

Can a ball roll uphill against gravity?  How can the reflection of a circle in a mirror appear as a rectangle?  Is it possible that an arrow, when rotated 180 degrees, continues to point in its original direction?  Join Kokichi Sugihara, Meiji University Distinguished Professor Emeritus, as he shares one incredibly impossible object after another.  Prepare to be amazed as Dr. Sugihara demonstrates how his clever illusions fool the brain, and how math underlies the engineering of each paradoxical illusion.  Learn more and register at amazing.momath.org.

Million Millimeter March
Wednesday, August, 14, 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm
Missed the Million Millimeter March commemorating the arrival of the 106 visitor to MoMath?  Now you can join the fun and experience the most mathematical march in Midtown.  Join us for a number-filled walk through the neighborhood, including stops near the iconic Flatiron building and within Madison Square Park, as you learn some interesting and amazing numerical facts at special points along the way.  Learn more and register at march.momath.org.

Equilibrium, an adult evening of mathematical games
Thursday, August 15, 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.

NYC Math Festival
Saturday, August 17, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Fosun Plaza, 28 Liberty St.
Add a little math to your summer!  MoMath, together with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, is pleased to present the fourth annual NYC Math Festival on Saturday, August 17, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, providing a full day of math fun in the sun.  Bring your friends and the entire family to Fosun Plaza at 28 Liberty St. and enjoy hands-on math exhibits, entertaining mathematical games, and intriguing puzzles and brainteasers.  But that’s not all… the day will also feature group constructions of giant geometric sculptures, exciting mathematical juggling performances, and a live demo of solving the Rubik’s Cube with one’s feet!  Plus, take home a little bit of MoMath: we’ll be setting up an outpost of Additions, the shop at MoMath, for all your summer gift needs.  For more information about this not-to-be-missed event, visit nycmath.momath.org.

Math Encounters: “Irrational Investigation: Why Pi Sometimes Equals 4” with Cornelia A. Van Cott
Wednesday, September 4, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Most of your mathematical life, you’ve known that pi is an irrational number somewhere between 3.1 and 3.2.  But if we exchange the usual notion of distance in two-dimensional space for other notions, pi can be any of an infinite number of different values.  What are these values?  You’ll be surprised at the twists and turns we encounter when we leave the safety of traditional distance measures for these uncharted territories.  Special introduction by Paul Zeitz, University of San Francisco Professor of Mathematics and Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of Proof School.  Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.

The Mathematics of Simple Things
Thursday, September 5, 6:30 pm

Very simple objects can yield great mathematical richness.  Join mathematician Paul Zeitz in this first of an occasional series as he describes the surprising (and mathematical!) fun you can have with items as simple as a bag of cheap balloons and a tube of Skittles.  Learn more and register at most.momath.org.

Math Gym, a workout for your brain
Tuesday, September 10, 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 challenges you like and explore them with the guidance and mentorship of an expert mathematician.  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: “Puzzling with Pentominoes” with Vince Matsko
September 27, at 6:30 pm

The pentominoes are the twelve geometric figures which can be made by gluing five squares together, edge-to-edge – just think of Tetris-like shapes, but using five squares instead of four.  Join mathematician and puzzle enthusiast Vince Matsko for an evening of intense puzzledom using these deceptively simple shapes.  Tackle a wide range of challenges – easier puzzles may take just a few minutes to solve, but get ready to exercise your brain – the more challenging puzzles may take an hour or more!  Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.


Sign up now for 2019 Transformations summer camp at MoMath — limited spots remain!
Rising first through ninth graders, spend the summer exploring the fun and beauty of mathematics with MoMath’s dynamic camp program.  Through full-body interactive activities, hands-on education sessions, and creative projects, math will come alive for each and every participant.  Campers come back year after year to discover the never-ending wonders of mathematics; limited spaces remain, so sign up soon!  To learn more, visit transformations.momath.org.

Integrators: The MoMath High School Volunteer Program
The Integrators program offers a unique chance to improve interpersonal and communication skills, explore mathematical concepts, and learn valuable job skills.  MoMath students interact with visitors on the Museum floor and train with professional educators, interpreters, and managers.  MoMath is currently accepting applications for fall 2019 through the end of summer.  Learn more and apply at volunteers.momath.org.

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

Reinvent math class with Expansions, MoMath’s afternoon gifted program.  Featuring programs for mathematically gifted students currently enrolled in first through eighth 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 for fall 2019.

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 2019-2020 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.

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Become a member today and help ensure that MoMath continues to deliver exciting and engaging math programs for all ages.  Visit momath.org/join to become a member and receive unlimited access to MoMath’s innovative exhibits, plus discounts in Additions, the shop at MoMath.  Become a premium member and receive early notices and invitations to exclusive MoMath events.  Join now and take advantage of MoMath’s low rates.  To learn more about long-term memberships, call 212-542-0566.

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!