Upcoming Events at MoMath

Spirographs of Venus
Opening Friday, November 23
Spirographs of Venus, a beautiful new Math Square experience, opened on Friday, November 23.  This interactive exhibit was a winning submission at Expressions, the 2018 MoMath hackathon.  Conjuring up the Renaissance-era discovery of the Pentagram of Venus — the floral pattern that emerges when the orbital path of Venus is plotted in relation to the Earth — this innovative new experience invites you to step onto the Math Square and alter the universe beneath your feet!

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

Da Vinci Dome
Now through January 6
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.

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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 and learn more at mathencounters.momath.org.

Synchronized Spin with John Edmark
Thursday, January 3, 6:30 pm
MoMath favorite John Edmark returns to share the fascinating story of how ten years of experimenting with logarithmic spirals and the golden ratio eventually led to a number of surprising discoveries and magical artworks, including the invention of Blooms, the amazing, strobe-animated sculptures that are the latest addition to MoMath’s exhibit collection.  Join us for the debut of three new Blooms, one custom-designed for MoMath, and to hear John’s brilliant and entertaining story of mathematical exploration and discovery.  Register and learn more at synchronizedspin.momath.org

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “Math for the Win!” with Paul Zeitz
Friday, January 11, 6:30 pm

Sometimes just a little bit of mathematical analysis yields a really profound advantage.  Let’s see this in action, kids versus adults!  In this friendly, competitive game, the kids will get a small amount of math training, and then will challenge the grownups to a few seemingly simple games of skill or tests of super powers such as clairvoyance or telepathy.  Who will win?  A well-educated, sophisticated adult New Yorker, or a kid in elementary school who knows a little math?  You decide!  Learn more and register 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 12-year-old boy starts a lawn-care business after receiving an unexpected birthday present from his grandmother — a riding mower.  Capitalism, supply and demand, and even a prizefighter all make an appearance in Gary Paulsen’s comic story about how 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.

Math Gym, a workout for your brain!
Monday, January 14, 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.

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.

Escher: The Exhibition and Experience, with Dave Masunaga
Saturday, January 19, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm
Sunday, January 20, 10:00 am
Monday, January 21, 10:00 am and 2:00 pm

Missed the last series of Escher tours?  Back by popular demand this Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, Presidential Award-winning mathematician and educator Dave Masunaga returns to lead us on more of these incredible tours.  Dave and the National Museum of Mathematics have made special arrangements with Arthemisia, Italy’s leading art exhibition producer, to lead 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; Learn more and register at escher.momath.org.

Professional Development at MoMath: M-cubed (High school educators only)
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 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 for this and other professional development sessions at pd.momath.org.

Mean Girls special event at MoMath
Wednesday, January 30
Save the date!  The cast of Mean Girls comes to MoMath!  Watch the MoMath website for more information.

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 “Ese Matematics,” 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.

Quadrivium, MoMath’s Math+Music Salon, featuring Marcus Miller
Friday, February 8, 8:00 pm
Save the date!  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+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.  Registration coming soon to 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

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.

Equilibrium, an adult evening of mathematical games
Saturday, February 16, 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
Tuesday, February 19, 6:30 pm 
Save the date!  Watch the MoMath website for more information 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 charitable 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.


PolyPals
Wednesdays
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.

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? 
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