Upcoming Events at MoMath

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 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 for November 16, and watch for upcoming dates 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.

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.  There’s still time to register for the remaining sessions of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a truly magical experience.  Sign up 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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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 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.

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.

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.

Escher: The Exhibition and Experience tour of the exhibit with Presidential Award-winner Dave Masunaga
Friday, November 23, 2:00 pm

Saturday, November 24, 10:00 am and 2:00 pm
Sunday, November 25, 10:00 am and 2:00 pm 
Former director of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Dave Masunaga and MoMath have made special arrangements with Arthemisia, Italy’s leading art exhibition producer, to guide participants through the American debut of Escher: The Exhibition & Experience, an exhibition of over 200 works by the iconic Dutch artist M.C. Escher, which is currently on display in Industry City, Brooklyn.  The exhibition is curated by Mark Veldhuysen (curator of the M.C. Escher Foundation Collection for over thirty years) and Federico Giudiceandrea (one of the world’s foremost collectors of, and experts on, the art of M.C. Escher).  Tickets are limited; register today at escher.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 Nobel laureate,
Eric Maskin; American jazz pianist, ELEW; and professional pianist and scholar in music cognition, Marina Korsakova-Kreyn
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; Nobel laureate, Eric Maskin; American jazz pianist, ELEW; and professional pianist and scholar in music cognition, Marina Korsakova-Kreyn.  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.

West Side Story: The Man, the Music, the Math
Tuesday, December 4, 5:30 pm
Please note the start time of this event has changed from 7:00 pm to 5:30 pm.
Combining lyric opera, jazz, Latin rhythms, symphonic and chamber ensemble forms, ballet, and modern dance, West Side Story is the most complex Broadway show ever created.  Jamie Bernstein, narrator, writer, broadcaster, actress, and daughter of Maestro Leonard Bernstein, joins multi-Grammy-nominated drummer, composer, arranger, and educator Bobby Sanabria along with award-winning mathematician and composer Alex Kontorovich to discuss Sanabria’s re-envisioning of the show’s score in West Side Story Reimagined.  The trio will discuss Bernstein and the origins of this 61-year-old masterpiece, the complex mathematics behind the score, and why the story remains so relevant today. Register at westsidestory.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.

Volumes, the MoMath book club: How the Universe Got Its Spots: Diary of a Finite Time in a Finite Space by Janna Levin
Thursday, December 6, 6:30 pm 
Is the universe infinite or just really big?  With this question, the cosmologist Janna Levin not only announces the central theme of her intriguing and controversial book, but proves herself to be one of the most direct and unorthodox voices in contemporary science.  Even as she sets out to determine how big “really big” may be, Levin gives us an intimate look at the day-to-day life of a globe-trotting physicist, complete with jet lag and romantic disturbances.  Nimbly synthesizing geometry, topology, and chaos and string theories, Levin shows how the pattern of hot and cold spots left over from the Big Bang may one day reveal the size and shape of the cosmos.  She does so with such originality, lucidity — and even poetry — that How the Universe Got Its Spots becomes a thrilling and deeply personal communication between a scientist and the lay reader.  Learn more at volumes.momath.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, Tom Jones, a gang of other misfits uncover the sordid truth about what’s really happening there.  Learn more and register at tweenprimes.momath.org.

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

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “Reach Out and Touch Space!” with Bjoern Muetzel 
Friday, December 14, 6:30 pm
Using tiles, geometric LEGOs, and 3D prints, explore the fascinating world of tessellations in the plane, on the sphere, and even in the mysterious hyperbolic space!  Plus, construct the five perfect polyhedra – the Platonic solids – and prove that there can only be those five.  Come with us on a journey through the fascinating world of patterns in space with Dartmouth mathematician and geometer, Bjoern Muetzel.  Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.  MoMath thanks Geometiles for their support at this event.

Folding Fun at MoMath with OrigamiUSA
Sunday, December 15, 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.

Equilibrium, an adult evening of mathematical games
Sunday, December 15, 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.

Math Encounters: “Golden Textures: The Art of Dissecting Golden Geometries” with Doug McKenna
Wednesday, January 2, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm 
Known since ancient Greek times, the Golden Ratio arises in many areas of mathematics — but did you know it can also provide a basis for artistic creation?  Explore the structure and aesthetics of recursively dissected triangles and rectangles with mathematical artist and software developer Doug McKenna, and see how he uses his math and computer science skills to play with recursion, creating beautiful self-similar patterns and tilings in the process.  Register at mathencounters.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma
Friday, January 11, 6:30 pm

Save the date!  Details and registration will be available soon at familyfridays.momath.org.

Folding Fun at MoMath with OrigamiUSA
Sunday, January 13, 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: Lawn Boy (Tales to Tickle the Funnybone #7) by Gary Paulsen
Sunday, January 13, 5:30 pm
A twelve-year-old boy starts a lawn-care business after receiving an unexpected birthday present from his grandmother — a riding mower.  “I set out to mow some lawns.  More people wanted me to mow their lawns.  And more and more…One client was Arnold the stockbroker, who offered to teach me about ‘the beauty of capitalism.  Supply and Demand.  Diversify labor.  Distribute the wealth.’  ‘Wealth?’ I said.  ‘It’s groovy, man,’ said Arnold.  If I’d known what was coming, I might have climbed on my mower and putted all the way home to hide in my room.  But the lawn business grew and grew.  So did my profits, which Arnold invested in many things.  And one of them was Joey Pow the prizefighter.  That’s when my 12th summer got really interesting.”  Gary Paulsen’s comic story about a summer job becomes a slapstick lesson in business as one boy turns a mountain of grass into a mountain of cash.  Check out this fast-read book and register today at tweenprimes.momath.org.

Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for students in 6th through 9th grades
Sunday, January 13, 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.

Equilibrium, an adult evening of mathematical games
Saturday, January 19, 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.

MoMath 2018-2019 Professional Development Days
Educators, register for one or two professional development days at MoMath during the 2018-2019 school year.  Advance tickets are $175; day-of tickets will be $199, if available.  

  • 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 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.

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

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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!

Have you tried out for Varsity Math yet?
Get your weekly puzzle fix from MoMath in the Wall Street Journal every Saturday, or check out varsity.momath.org and blogs.wsj.com/puzzle.

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Join the MoMath community
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!