Upcoming Events at MoMath

What’s So Funny About Math? 
February 16 through March 31 (Free with Museum admission)
What’s So Funny About Math? is a 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.  Featured cartoonists will include Roz Chast, Drew Dernavich, Dana Fradon, James Stevenson, Robert Leighton, Jack Ziegler, Charlie Hankin, Sidney Harris, Nate Fakes, Dan Reynolds, Mike Seddon, Pat Byrnes, Mark Heath, Nick Kim, and of course, the inimitable Bob Mankoff himself.  Submit your own clever ideas for the cartoon caption contest!  Learn more at funny.momath.org.

MoMath’s popular MoMathlon middle school math tournaments are back!
Every spring, MoMath provides students the opportunity to compete in unique middle school math tournaments.  Budding mathematicians can experience the excitement of competition, teamwork, challenge, and prizes, making friends and memories that will inspire them in high school, college, and beyond.  For dates and locations of regional tournaments, and to register, visit momathlon.momath.org.

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.

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 activity 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!


2019 MoMath Masters, the annual adult math tournament and charitable benefit, hosted by Fields Medalist Manjul Bhargava
Tuesday, February 26, 6:00 pm

Join MoMath and Fields Medalist Manjul Bhargava 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.

Hamilton, Finance, and Math
Wednesday, February 27, 6:30 pm

Alexander Hamilton helped shape the modern economic system and his economic savvy saved America’s economy during the country’s first full-blown financial crisis.  Join two leaders of the Museum of American Finance – Richard Sylla, Chairman of the Board, and David J. Cowen, President and CEO – as they discuss Hamilton’s mathematical background and the financial thinking and polices that were among his greatest legacies.  Learn more and register at hamilton.momath.org.

What’s Outside the Universe? with CERN researcher James Beacham
Thursday, February 28, 6:30 pm

Our universe is bizarre.  Why is most of the cosmos composed of mysterious dark matter?  Why is the Higgs boson so strange?  Why do atoms exist?  Cutting-edge physics suggests that the biggest puzzles of science could be elegantly solved if our universe were one of a possibly infinite number of universes.  But is this a testable scientific idea, or eternally speculative?  Does mathematics transcend our physical world?  How do we talk about what’s outside our universe?  Join James Beacham, of CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, as he explores the edges of knowledge and how the future of science, technology, and innovation will be wilder than we can imagine.  Learn more and register at universe.momath.org.

Math & Magic with Manjul & Mark, 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 highlights from the minicourse given last 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 and professional magician Mark Mitton 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: “Space, Time, and the Fourth Dimension” with Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director of the Institute for Advanced Study
Wednesday, March 6, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Albert Einstein discovered that time should be seen as a fourth dimension that can be added to the three dimensions of space.  What exactly does this mean?  Can one imagine higher dimensions?  How does geometry work in four-dimensional spacetime?  And how does this help us understand fundamental questions in physics like the Big Bang, black holes, and the behavior of elementary particles according to the rules of quantum mechanics?  Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.

Equilibrium, an adult evening of mathematical games
Thursday, March 7, 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.  Be sure not to miss Equilibrium on Thursday, March 7 when — in addition to the usual offerings — there will be a special focus on 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, while expert players can sign up for the tournament and compete for the title of 2019 MoMath SET champion!  Learn more and register at equilibrium.momath.org.

Folding Fun at MoMath with OrigamiUSA
Sunday, March 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: Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
Sunday, March 10, 5:30 pm

When a book of inexplicable occurrences brings Petra Andalee and Calder Pillay together, strange things start to happen: seemingly unrelated events connect, an eccentric old woman seeks their company, and an invaluable Vermeer painting disappears.  Before they know it, the two find themselves at the center of an international art scandal, where no one — neighbors, parents, teachers — is spared from suspicion.  As Petra and Calder are drawn clue by clue into a mysterious labyrinth, they must draw on their powers of intuition, their problem-solving skills, and their knowledge of Vermeer.  Can they decipher a crime that has left even the FBI baffled?  Learn more and register at tweenprimes.momath.org.

Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for students in 6th through 9th grades
Sunday, March 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 wont want to miss this exciting program.  Register now at unlimited.momath.org.

The Six Series: “How to Solve the Rubik’s Cube — All Six Sides!” with Daniel Goodman and Daniel Rose-Levine
Tuesday, March 12, 6:00 pm

Join national champion Daniel Goodman and Rubik’s-cube-with-feet world record holder Daniel Rose-Levine as they share the mathematical secrets behind solving the Rubik’s Cube.  The goal will be for everyone attending to learn and understand how to solve the cube by the end of this fun and interactive session — all in celebration of MoMath’s sixth birthday!  Please feel free to bring your own Rubik’s Cube; cubes will also be available for purchase.  Learn more and register at six.momath.org.

Pi Day at MoMath
Thursday, March 14

Come celebrate Pi Day with Free Play!  From 4:00 to 6:00 pm on March 14, admission to MoMath will be completely free for all visitors!  Come enjoy all your favorite exhibits — and if you have friends who have never been to the Museum, there’s no better time to bring them along.

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.

Math Encounters: “Parties, Doughnuts, and Coloring: From Königsberg to Cutting Edge Research” with Maria Chudnovsky
Wednesday, April 3, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Leonhard Euler’s late 1700’s paper on the Seven Bridges of Königsberg launched a new field in mathematics, graph theory, that focuses on representing information about connections between pairs of objects.  Graphs are widely used today as a modeling tool in engineering, social sciences, and many other fields.  Join Princeton University Professor Maria Chudnovsky on a journey that begins with some simple problems in graph theory and leads to an exploration of some of the most active fields in modern mathematical research.  Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.

The Six Series: “Six Linguistic Sixes” with Princeton Professor Joshua Katz
Wednesday, April 10, 6:00 pm

In this interactive presentation suitable for all lovers of language, math, and puzzles, Joshua Katz will share six facts (at least) about English and other languages that have in one way or another to do with the number six.  For example, do you know what the connection is between six and the first word in any dictionary of English, the seemingly mundane but in fact fascinating indefinite article “a”?  Or why the letter “alpha” could be used for 1 in Ancient Greek, “beta” for 2, and “gamma” for 3, but the sixth letter, “zeta,” stood for 7?  Come learn and explore with one of Princeton’s “rockstar professors,” all in celebration of MoMath’s sixth birthday.  Katz is the Cotsen Professor in the Humanities, Professor of Classics, and a member (and former Director) of the Program in Linguistics at Princeton University, where he has taught since 1998 and has received numerous awards for his scholarship and teaching.  Learn more and register at six.momath.org.

Quadrivium, MoMath’s Math+Music Salon, featuring Marcus Miller — save the date!
Friday, April 12, 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.  Hosted by Harvard-trained mathematician and popular jazz saxophonist Marcus Miller, this series features engaging discussions and dynamic musical performances, plus an after-event featuring music by DJ Luna Rosa and a lively dance party on Manhattan’s only Voronoi dance floor.  More information and registration coming soon to quadrivium.momath.org.

Folding Fun at MoMath with OrigamiUSA
Sunday, April 14, 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 Ring of Rocamadour by Michael D. Bell
Sunday, April 14, 5:30 pm

Three friends find themselves on a scavenger hunt set up for a girl they never met, in search of a legendary ring reputed to grant wishes.  In the process, they decide to befriend a very unusual woman and end up hiding under tables, tackling word puzzles and geometry equations, and searching rather moldy storage rooms for “the stuff that dreams are made of.”  Oh, and there’s a boy, who complicates things — as boys often do!  Learn more and register at tweenprimes.momath.org.

Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for students in 6th through 9th grades
Sunday, April 14, 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: “Impromptu Magic & Math — Stunts to Dazzle your Family and Friends!” with Mark Mitton
Friday, April 26, 6:30 pm

Join world renowned magician Mark Mitton as he shares magic tricks, puzzles, and mathematical curiosities from the writings of the legendary Martin Gardner.  In this dynamic workshop, Mark will demonstrate the power of surprise and its relationship to the wonders of math.  Plus, learn secrets to feats you can perform with everyday objects, anywhere and anytime!  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn some amazing tricks from one of the most entertaining magicians around.  Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.

Math & Music with Manjul
April 29, May 6, and May 13, 6:00 pm

Mark your calendar for this exciting new three-part minicourse on math and music, presented by Fields Medalist Manjul Bhargava.  More information coming soon!


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

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