Upcoming Events at MoMath

Opening soon!  Composite, the gallery at MoMath: What’s So Funny About Math? curated by Bob Mankoff
February 16 through March 31 (free with Museum admission)
What’s So Funny About Math? is an upcoming temporary exhibition in Composite, the gallery at MoMath, featuring a collection of cartoons related to math and curated by former New Yorker Cartoon Editor and present Cartoon and Humor Editor of Esquire, Bob Mankoff.  Among featured cartoonists will be Jack Ziegler, Shannon Wheeler, David Sipress, Christopher Weyant, Mike Twohy, Barbara Smaller, and Paul Noth.

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.  Information on the program is available at volunteers.momath.org.

The Six Series: A January through June Celebration of MoMath’s Sixth Birthday
Join Fields Medalist and Distinguished Visiting Professor Manjul Bhargava in an exciting series celebrating MoMath’s sixth birthday.  Don’t miss six special events, one each during the first six months of 2019, in honor of MoMath’s sixth birthday.  Mark your calendar now for these exciting events.  Register and learn more at six.momath.org.

MOVES 2019
Math Unfolded: the mathematical art of origami

Get ready for the next MOVES Conference, this August 4-6, 2019, featuring Erik Demaine and Robert Lang!  MoMath is now accepting abstract submissions for research talks and family activities from all areas of recreational mathematics, with submissions in the area of origami particularly encouraged.  Registration to attend the conference is also open now.  Submit an abstract or talk, 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 you will be the one millionth visitor!  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!

Da Vinci Dome
Now through January 15
Visitors to the Museum are invited to help build an impressive spanning structure using an ingenious and elegant system of specially notched wooden beams.  Don’t miss your chance to be part of building this beautiful and graceful construction, Da Vinci Dome, from now through mid-December.  Participation is free with Museum admission and no registration is required.


The Six Series:Six Favorite Puzzles from MIT’s Puzzle Corner” with John Urschel
Wednesday, January 23, 6:00 pm
John Urschel, former pro football player for the Baltimore Ravens currently pursuing his PhD in Mathematics from MIT, has been a lover of puzzles since childhood.  He will share six of his favorite and most inspirational puzzles from MIT’s renowned Puzzle Corner.  Guests will enjoy birthday cake, and the event will be hosted by Fields Medalist Manjul Bhargava as the first in The Six Series, a celebration of MoMath’s sixth birthday.  Register and learn more at six.momath.org.

Professional Development at MoMath: M-cubed (For high school and middle school educators)
Monday, January 28, 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 both high school and middle 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 for this and other professional development sessions at pd.momath.org.

Equilibrium, an adult evening of mathematical games
Thursday, January 31, 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.

Volumes, the MoMath book club: The Art of Logic in an Illogical World by Eugenia Cheng 
Thursday, January 31, 6:30 pm
For thousands of years, mathematicians have used the timeless art of logic to see the world more clearly.  Today, truth is buried under soundbites, spin, memes, divisive arguments, and “fake news.”  In an age where seeing clearly is more important than ever, mathematician and author Dr. Eugenia Cheng takes a careful scalpel to politics, privilege, sexism, and dozens of other real-world situations in her insightful and engaging new book, The Art of Logic in an Illogical World.  Learn more and register at volumes.momath.org.

Math Encounters, “The Biggest Secrets in the World: Everything We Know We Don’t Know” with Rogério Martins
Wednesday, February 6, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
The world is full of simple questions without answers; secrets for which only Mother Nature knows the answer.  Join Rogério Martins, mathematician and Portuguese TV star of Isto é Matemática (This is Mathematics), on a journey into the unknown.  Fold a map, observe a levitating chain, and see an odd tumbler toy floating in an aquarium.  But, no worries, because… this is math!  Learn more and register at mathencounters.org

Math Gym, a workout for your brain!
Thursday, February 7, 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 new monthly program.  Register today at workout.momath.org.

SET Game Night at MoMath
Thursday, February 7, 6:00 pm

Join MoMath for an evening of fun with SET, a seemingly simple card game with many mathematical dimensions.  Beginners and experts welcome!  Those new to SET will learn to play in a relaxed, casual environment.  Expert SET players can sign up for the tournament and compete for the title of 2019 MoMath SET champion!  Casual or competitive, SET Game Night at MoMath offers mathematical and addictive fun for everyone.  Register at set.momath.org.

Quadrivium, MoMath’s Math+Music Salon, featuring Marcus Miller with Merritt Moore, the Quantum Ballerina, and choreographer Claudia Schreier
Saturday, February 9, 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.  This month’s after-hours event is hosted by Harvard-trained mathematician and popular jazz saxophonist Marcus Miller and features two up-and-coming women in the world of dance!  Merritt Moore, the Quantum Ballerina, started as the lead in Swan Lake for the Norwegian National Ballet one week after defending her dissertation in Quantum Optics at Oxford.  Claudia Schreier has choreographed more than 25 ballets for organizations including the Vail International Dance Festival, the Juilliard Opera, and the American Ballet Theater, and she recently premiered six works at the Joyce Theater.  Don’t miss this exciting discussion and performance, then stick around for the afterparty, featuring music by DJ Luna Rosa and a lively dance party on Manhattan’s only Voronoi dance floor.  Register and learn more at quadrivium.momath.org.

Folding Fun at MoMath with OrigamiUSA
Sunday, February 10, 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 Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty
Sunday, February 10, 5:30 pm
Lucy Callahan was struck by lightning, and now she’s a math genius!  At age twelve, she’s technically ready for college, but her grandma insists she go to middle school for one year.  Lucy’s not sure what a girl who does calculus homework for fun can possibly learn in 7th grade.  Unless there’s been a miscalculation?  Learn more and register at tweenprimes.momath.org

Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for students in 6th through 9th grades
Sunday, February 10, 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

The Six Series:The Perfect Nature of the Number Six” with Fields Medalist Manjul Bhargava
Wednesday, February 13, 6:00 pm
The number six has an illustrious history.  The ancient Greeks considered the number to be perfect because of its remarkable number-theoretic properties.  The number six also plays an extremely important role in nature; for example, bees have long considered six to be the perfect number of sides for each cell of their honeycombs — and for good reason!  In this lecture, we describe some of the remarkable properties of the number six, in both human and natural history, including some nontrivial magic tricks that make use of these characteristics of six — all in celebration of MoMath’s sixth birthday!  Register and learn more at six.momath.org

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “Patchwork Patterns” with Elaine Ellison
Friday, February 15, 6:30 pm
Who was Pythagoras?  How about Hippassus of Metapontum?  What are the rational and irrational numbers?  And was there a murder mystery involving the irrational numbers?  Patch it all together with Elaine Krajenke Ellison, who’s used quilts in the classroom since the early 1980’s.  Enjoy a hands-on quilt pattern activity that illustrates rational and irrational numbers, plus take home your colorfully completed (paper) sampler.  Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.

Composite, the gallery at MoMath: What’s So Funny About Math? 
Opening on Saturday, February 16
What’s So Funny About Math? is an upcoming temporary exhibition in Composite, the gallery at MoMath, featuring 20 cartoons related to math and curated by former New Yorker Cartoon Editor and present Cartoon and Humor Editor of Esquire, Bob Mankoff.  Among featured cartoonists will be Jack Ziegler, Shannon Wheeler, David Sipress, Christopher Weyant, Mike Twohy, Barbara Smaller, and Paul Noth.  This exhibit will run from February 16 through March 31.

Volumes, the MoMath book club: The Prime Number Conspiracy, featuring Quanta Magazine editor Thomas Lin
Tuesday, February 19, 6:30 pm 
Join Quanta Magazine editor Thomas Lin in a discussion of The Prime Number Conspiracy, a group of stories from Quanta Magazine that map the routes of mathematical exploration, demonstrating how cutting-edge research is done while illuminating the productive tension between conjecture and proof, theory, and intuition.  The selected pieces offer in-depth coverage of the latest breakthroughs in understanding our mathematical universe, including topics such as prime numbers, limits of computation, infinity, and more.  Register at volumes.momath.org.

2019 MoMath Masters, the annual adult math tournament and charitable benefit
Tuesday, February 26, 6:00 pm
Join MoMath for another edition of the one-of-a-kind MoMath Masters, the exciting annual competition and fundraiser.  Put your thinking caps on for this fun-filled night, from the entertaining cocktail round right through to the challenging and suspenseful finals.  Participate or just come to watch; a good time is had by all.  Register today with your tax-deductible donation and show your support for MoMath at masters.momath.org.

The Math of Particle Physics with CERN researcher James Beacham
Thursday, February 28, 6:30 pm

As a scientist at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and a member of the ATLAS collaboration (one of the teams that discovered the Higgs boson in 2012), James searches for evidence of new particles — dark matter, gravitons, dark photons, and exotic Higgs bosons among them — that could provide answers to the fundamental open questions of physics.  Learn more and register at particle.momath.org.

Math and Magic with Manjul, a daylong workshop
Saturday, March 2, 10:00 am 

Back by popular demand, this daylong workshop will explore some of the striking relations between mathematics and magic, and will cover a number of the highlights of the minicourse given in the fall.  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 marchmagic.momath.org.

Math Encounters, a special presentation with Robbert Dijkgraaf
Wednesday, March 6, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Join MoMath and Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director of Princeton University’s Institute for Advanced Study for a special Math Encounters presentation on the interface of mathematics and particle physics.  Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.

The Six Series: A January through June Celebration of MoMath’s Sixth Birthday Save the Date!
Tuesday, March 12, 6:00 pm
Join Fields Medalist and Distinguished Visiting Professor Manjul Bhargava in this exciting series of presentations.  Register and learn more at six.momath.org.

Pi Day at MoMath
Thursday, March 14
Stop by MoMath for a special surprise on Pi Day!

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “Mission Impossible” with Zvezdelina Stankova
Friday, March 29, 6:30 pm

Don’t let the title of this presentation fool you!  This Family Friday will not be a leisurely evening spent watching a famous movie — it will instead be a battle of epic proportion!  We will create and direct armies of clones on a dangerous escape mission, based on a famous simple game with pebbles created by Russian teenager (and later Fields Medalist) Maxim Kontsievitch.  Solving the game with Zvezdelina Stankova, Founder and Director of the Berkeley Math Circle, will plunge us into imaginative and creative realms as we explore problem-solving wonders and question whether it is possible to prove the impossible.  Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.

GeoGebra Day!
Saturday, March 30, 10:00 am

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet and learn from the creators of GeoGebra, here from Austria for one day only!  Sessions for families, educators, and the public will be running throughout the day at MoMath.  Plus, the demo room will be open all day with experts available to show you some of the amazing visualizations and explorations made possible through this powerful program.  Sign up for one or more sessions, and help us build a giant GeoGebra-inspired construction at the end of the day.  Learn more and register at geogebra.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.

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.

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

Have you tried out for Varsity Math yet? 
Get your puzzle fix from MoMath at varsity.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!