Upcoming Events at MoMath

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Open through Jan 5 Composite, the gallery at MoMath — Math Unfolded: An Exhibit of Mathematical Origami Art — free with Museum admission
Apply now Absolute Value, an after-school program for girls in grades 4 and 5
Apply now Expansions gifted program at MoMath, now including high school sessions with Paul Zeitz!
Sun, Dec 15 Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens
Sun, Dec 15 Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for students in middle and high school
Mon, Dec 16 “What Can Puzzles Do for Us?” — Installation of Peter Winkler as MoMath’s 2019-2020 Distinguished Visiting Professor for the Public Dissemination of Mathematics, with special introduction by Jim and Marilyn Simons
Tue, Dec 17 Solstice Reflections — Celebrate the solstice with MoMath on the Flatiron Public Plaza
Tue, Dec 17 Meet the Artist: Origami artist Adrienne Sack
Mon, Dec 30 MoMath Mini-Camp: Between the Dimensions, for 1st through 6th graders — Space is limited!
Thu, Jan 3 LumiCrux: Southern stars shine at MoMath
Sat, Jan 4 Folding Fun at MoMath with OrigamiUSA
Tue, Jan 7 Math Encounters: “Primes and Zeros: A Million-Dollar Mystery” with Brian Conrey
Thu, Jan 9 Exhibit Tangents, a deep dive into the math of MoMath’s exhibits
Fri, Jan 10 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “Pentagonal Pursuit: Solving a Century-Old Tiling Problem” with Lauren Siegel
Mon, Jan 13 The Mathematics of Simple Things, with Paul Zeitz
Tue, Jan 14 Math Gym, a workout for your brain
Sun, Jan 19 Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens
Sun, Jan 19 Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for students in middle and high school
Thu, Jan 23 Equilibrium, an evening of adult mathematical games
Tue, Jan 28 Statistics for Citizens – a series of three standalone sessions
Thu, Jan 30 How vs. Why, demystifying proofs with Paul Zeitz 
Sun, Feb 2 Folding Fun at MoMath with OrigamiUSA
Tue, Feb 4 Statistics for Citizens – a series of three standalone sessions
Wed, Feb 5 Math Encounters: “Dice, Stamps, and Counting: Putting Polynomials to Work” with Brian Hopkins
Sun, Feb 9 Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens
Sun, Feb 9 Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for students in middle and high school
Tue, Feb 11 Math Gym, a workout for your brain
Tue, Feb 11 Statistics for Citizens – a series of three standalone sessions
Thu, Feb 13 Equilibrium, an evening of adult mathematical games
Tue, Feb 25 2020 MoMath Masters, the annual adult math tournament and charitable benefit
School days Bring MoMath to your school with the Extensions program!
Weekday afternoons Summations: classroom sessions and guided exploration of MoMath for homeschool students
Weekends MoMath’s Derivatives tour program and Explorations educator-led sessions, available upon request
NEW in 2020 Combination field trip tickets for MoMath and SPYSCAPE
Tue, Sep 8 through Fri, Sep 11 Meet Me in Paris: MATRIX x IMAGINARY 2020 — Mark your calendars now for the biennial MATRIX conference, this year with partners IMAGINARY and Institut Henri Poincaré!



Event Details

Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: Genius Squad by Catherine Jinks
Sunday, December 15, 5:30 pm

Join MoMath to discuss this sequel to Evil Genius.  Cadel Piggot has been having a hard time since he chose to be good rather than evil.  Now that the Axis Institute for World Domination has been destroyed and its founder, Dr. Phineas Darkkon, has died, Cadel has round-the-clock surveillance until he testifies against Prosper English, who recruited Cadel for Darkkon’s nefarious school.  When Cadel is approached by the head of Genius Squad, he is dubious that the organization can offer him a real home and all the technology his heart desires.  And how can Genius Squad protect him once Prosper English breaks out of jail?  Learn more and register at tweenprimes.momath.org.

Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for students in middle and high school
Sunday, December 15, 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 some snacks, and move to some great tunes, then you won’t want to miss this exciting program.  Learn more and register at unlimited.momath.org.

“What Can Puzzles Do for Us?”
Installation of Peter Winkler as MoMath’s 2019-2020 Distinguished Visiting Professor for the Public Dissemination of Mathematics
Special Introduction by Jim and Marilyn Simons
Monday, December 16, 8:00 pm

Mathematical puzzles can challenge, entertain, befuddle, intrigue, and inspire.  They can help us think outside the box and keep our minds sharp.  But a great puzzle can also open our eyes to a gem of mathematics or a flaw in our intuition.  Join us to learn about some great puzzles as we officially welcome Dr. Peter Winkler as MoMath’s 2019-2020 Distinguished Visiting Professor for the Public Dissemination of Mathematics.  Register now for this event and bring a friend for free!  Learn more at puzzles.momath.org.

Solstice Reflections
Tuesday, December 17, 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

In celebration of the season of light, MoMath invites you to experience the joyful reflection of a life-sized kaleidoscope.  Come to the Flatiron Public Plaza in Madison Square to snap your own unique holiday selfie while enjoying a hot beverage and a tasty snack provided by our friends from the Flatiron Business Improvement District.

Meet the Artist: Origami artist Adrienne Sack
Tuesday, December 17, 6:30 pm

Some traditional fabric manipulation techniques used in textiles and fashion for centuries have striking similarities to origami tessellations that have appeared independently in the last twenty years.  Two of these techniques are North American smocking and plisseur.  These methods use very different processes and materials to produce very similar results.  Join origami artist Adrienne Sack in a discussion of the history of these techniques and an exploration of how origami tessellations are applied to textiles and other materials.  Meet the Artist talks will continue through the end of the year; visit artist.momath.org to register and to see additional dates and artists.

MoMath Mini-Camp: Between the Dimensions, for 1st through 6th graders
Monday, December 30, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Come join MoMath for a one-day vacation mini-camp!  Students will work together to make hands-on models as they learn how to think about dimensions like a mathematician through the exotic world of fractals.  MoMath offers two camp groups: Epsilons for 1st through 3rd graders, and Deltas for 4th through 6th graders.  MoMath’s talented staff will keep campers engaged and entertained with age-appropriate activities, and the program’s curriculum will feature hands-on learning in a warm and friendly atmosphere.  Learn more and register at minicamp.momath.org.

LumiCrux: Southern stars shine at MoMath
Friday, January 3, 6:30 pm

MoMath favorite Melissa Silk returns from Down Under to host LumiCrux, a special event in which the audience transforms itself into a representation of the constellation Crux, better known as the Southern Cross.  Using mathematics and folding, we will create beautiful photoluminescent forms — paper stars that glow.  The handheld stars will finally rest in a choreographed location representing the asterism Crux, which has guided people for thousands of years as they traverse the vast land mass of Australia.  Melissa will guide you through a magical math-making experience to share your own bright, smart, clever shininess!  This is a stellar, people-led contribution to MoMath from STEAMpop in Sydney, Australia.  Learn more and register at lumicrux.momath.org.

Folding Fun at MoMath with OrigamiUSA
Saturday, January 4, 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.

Math Encounters: “Primes and Zeros: A Million-Dollar Mystery” with Brian Conrey
Tuesday, January 7, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Due to the New Year holiday, the January Math Encounters will take place on Tuesday, January 7, instead of Wednesday, January 1. 
How can we quickly determine how many primes there are less than some huge number?  The great mathematician Georg Friedrich Bernhard Riemann proposed a solution 160 years ago — but we still haven’t been able to verify his hypothesis.  Join mathematician Brian Conrey, founding Executive Director of the American Institute of Mathematics, as he shares some of the colorful history surrounding the world’s greatest-ever math challenge.  Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.

Exhibit Tangents, new content
Thursday, January 9, 6:30 pm

Join visiting mathematician Paul Zeitz on another deep dive into more of your favorite MoMath exhibits.  You already know the exhibits are fun, but now you can peek under the hood to see the real mathematics lurking inside.  Not only will you enjoy a newfound perspective, but you’ll leave with some thought-provoking challenges you can continue to ponder even after you’ve left the Museum.  No questions are off the table!  Each session in this occasional series explores different exhibits.  Learn more and register at tangents.momath.org.

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “Pentagonal Pursuit: Solving a Century-Old Tiling Problem” with Lauren Siegel
Friday, January 10, 6:30 pm

Join MathHappens Foundation Director Lauren Siegel to learn about a remarkable 119-year-old story that has everything — top mathematicians, popular culture, surprise contributors, extreme dedication, tragedy, computer algorithms, and even quilting!  The fifteen pentagons that tessellate, or fill space without gaps or overlaps, will be offered for your enjoyment as wooden tiles ready for exploration and decoration.  You can follow your own observations, intuitions, and creativity or look to some inspiring examples from Marjorie Rice and others to make your own pentagonally pleasing designs.  Thanks to the generous support of Two Sigma, this program is free to attendees.  Register at familyfridays.momath.org.

The Mathematics of Simple Things, new content
Monday, January 13, 6:30 pm

Very simple objects can yield great mathematical richness.  Join mathematician Paul Zeitz in this occasional series as he describes the surprising (and mathematical!) fun you can have with items as simple as strips of paper, business cards, and even toothpicks.  Learn more and register at most.momath.org.

Math Gym, a workout for your brain
Tuesday, 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 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.

Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa
Sunday, January 19, 5:30 pm

He is a brilliant math professor with a peculiar problem — ever since a traumatic head injury, he has lived with only eighty minutes of short-term memory.  She is an astute young housekeeper, with a ten-year-old son, who is hired to care for him.  And every morning, as the Professor and the Housekeeper are introduced to each other anew, a strange and beautiful relationship blossoms between them.  Though he cannot hold memories for long, the Professor’s mind is still alive with elegant equations from the past.  The Housekeeper and the Professor is an enchanting story about what it means to live in the present, and about the curious equations that can create a family.  Learn more and register at tweenprimes.momath.org.

Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for students in middle and high school
Sunday, January 19, 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 some snacks, and move to some great tunes, then you won’t want to miss this exciting program.  Learn more and register at unlimited.momath.org.

Equilibrium, an adult evening of mathematical games
Thursday, January 23, 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.

Statistics for Citizens — a series of three standalone sessions
Tuesday, January 28, 6:30 pm (other standalone sessions offered on February 4 and February 11)

As the presidential elections get closer, it becomes more and more important for well-informed citizens to understand how statistics are used — and especially, how they are misused.  If you’ve ever wondered what “margin of error” really means, this minicourse, led by visiting mathematician Paul Zeitz, is for you.  We’ll start with the basics — no prior math knowledge is assumed — and by the end, you’ll have a very good sense of what terms like normal distribution, standard error, correlation coefficient, and linear regression mean and how to use these ideas to face the inevitable uncertainty about the future with confidence.  Come for one session of this minicourse, or sign up for all three.  Learn more and register at citizens.momath.org

How vs. Why
Thursday, January 30, 6:30 pm

What does it mean to grasp a mathematical truth?  Simply understanding a proof is not enough — you want to comprehend why things are true.  Join visiting mathematician Paul Zeitz in an exploration of examples from number theory, algebra, and geometry that will allow you to understand a variety of classic mathematical assertions in an intuitive, visceral, inevitable way.  It will change the way you think about what you think you know!  Learn more and register at questions.momath.org

Folding Fun at MoMath with OrigamiUSA
Sunday, February 2, 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.

Statistics for Citizens — a series of three standalone sessions
Tuesday, February 4, 6:30 pm (other standalone sessions offered on January 28 and February 11)

As the presidential elections get closer, it becomes more and more important for well-informed citizens to understand how statistics are used — and especially, how they are misused.  If you’ve ever wondered what “margin of error” really means, this minicourse, led by visiting mathematician Paul Zeitz, is for you.  We’ll start with the basics — no prior math knowledge is assumed — and by the end, you’ll have a very good sense of what terms like normal distribution, standard error, correlation coefficient, and linear regression mean and how to use these ideas to face the inevitable uncertainty about the future with confidence.  Come for one session of this minicourse, or sign up for all three.  Learn more and register at citizens.momath.org.

Math Encounters: “Dice, Stamps, and Counting: Putting Polynomials to Work” with Brian Hopkins
Wednesday, February 5, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Come on, lucky 7!  Is it possible to label two dice differently and still get the same results as normal dice?  And if you have only four-cent and seven-cent stamps, what different totals can you make?  How can polynomials help with these kinds of questions?  Join mathematician Brian Hopkins as we explore generating functions (a way to count using polynomials) to solve these problems and more.  Learn more and register at mathencounters.org.

Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: Prime Suspects: The Anatomy of Integers and Permutations by Andrew Granville and Jennifer Granville
Sunday, February 9, 5:30 pm

Experience mathematics like never before with this unique graphic novel.  When the Mathematical Sciences Investigation team autopsies Arnie Integer and Daisy Permutation, the victims of two seemingly unrelated homicides, they discover extraordinary and unexpected similarities.  Travel with Detective von Neumann as he leaves no stone unturned, then share the excitement of Emmy Germain as she blazes a trail for women in mathematical research and learns from Professor Gauss, the greatest forensic detective of them all.  Learn more and register at tweenprimes.momath.org.

Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for students in middle and high school
Sunday, February 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 some snacks, and move to some great tunes, then you won’t want to miss this exciting program.  Learn more and register at unlimited.momath.org.

Math Gym, a workout for your brain
Tuesday, February 11, 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.

Statistics for Citizens — a series of three standalone sessions
Tuesday, February 11, 6:30 pm (other standalone sessions offered on January 28 and February 4)

As the presidential elections get closer, it becomes more and more important for well-informed citizens to understand how statistics are used — and especially, how they are misused.  If you’ve ever wondered what “margin of error” really means, this minicourse, led by visiting mathematician Paul Zeitz, is for you.  We’ll start with the basics — no prior math knowledge is assumed — and by the end, you’ll have a very good sense of what terms like normal distribution, standard error, correlation coefficient, and linear regression mean and how to use these ideas to face the inevitable uncertainty about the future with confidence.  Come for one session of this minicourse, or sign up for all three.  Learn more and register at citizens.momath.org.

Equilibrium, an adult evening of mathematical games
Thursday, February 13, 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.

2020 MoMath Masters, the annual adult math tournament and charitable benefit
Tuesday, February 25, 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.

Meet Me in Paris: MATRIX x IMAGINARY 2020
Tuesday, September 8 through Friday, September 11

MoMath is pleased to announce that it is joining forces with Institut Henri Poincaré and the IMAGINARY team to bring you MATRIX x IMAGINARY 2020.  If you work with a math museum or want to create one; if you design, create, or operate math exhibits; or if you are involved or want to be involved in math outreach or creative math programming, then this is the conference for you!  Join us for four days of sharing, networking, and learning as we gather in Paris for the fourth biennial MATRIX conference.  For more information, visit matrix.momath.org.


Integrators: The MoMath High School Volunteer Program
MoMath accepts a limited number of high school students for ongoing volunteer roles.  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.  School-year volunteers commit one day each weekend.  Apply now for spring 2020 positions.  Applications will be accepted through the end of December 2019.  Learn more and apply at volunteers.momath.org.

Substitutions: MoMath’s substitute educator program
If you enjoy the flexibility and pace of per-diem classroom education, consider applying to MoMath’s substitute educator program, Substitutions.  MoMath is looking for motivated, experienced substitute teachers who can engage a room full of students and share their love of enriching mathematics — training provided!  This program offers flexible scheduling to accommodate your needs, competitive pay, and the potential for regular engagement.  Learn more about educator positions and apply at jobs.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.

Summations: MoMath’s homeschool program
Homeschool students can experience the excitement of a MoMath field trip!  With the Summations program, homeschoolers can spend the afternoon learning about the math behind MoMath’s engaging interactive exhibits or participating in an exploratory, hands-on classroom experience along with other homeschool families.  Learn more summations.momath.org.

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 programservices@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 organizations including Con Edison, Two Sigma, and The Scripps Family Fund for Education and the Arts, as well as New York City Council Member Mark Levine, 7th District, and 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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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!