MoMath: the National Museum of Mathematics

MoMath: the National Museum of Mathematics The National Museum of Mathematics strives to enhance public understanding and perception of mathematics with hands-on, interactive exhibits and programs.
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Note MoMath closes early (2:30 pm) the first Wednesday of every month. Mathematics illuminates the patterns that abound in our world. The museum’s activities will lead a broad and diverse audience to understand the evolving, creative, human, and aesthetic nature of mathematics. Accomplishments to date include opening North America's only museum devoted to math and its many connections with nature, art, science, business, music, and everyday life; creating the popular Math Midway exhibition (mathmidway.org), which is currently touring museums throughout the United States; leading math tours in various U.S. cities; the Math Encounters (mathencounters.org) presentation series; delivering programs for students, teachers, and the public to increase appreciation of mathematics; and hosting over 125,000 visitors to date. Like most museums, MoMath cannot survive on admission revenue alone. If you believe in the mission of the National Museum of Mathematics, please support the institution by becoming a member (momath.org/join) or donor (momath.org/contribute). Thanks!

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Ever wanted to ask a mathematician something, maybe about a curious new idea you have, or a concept you’d like to unders...
11/05/2020
Ask a Mathematician — Anything! – National Museum of Mathematics

Ever wanted to ask a mathematician something, maybe about a curious new idea you have, or a concept you’d like to understand better? Don’t know whom to ask? Here’s your chance! MoMath’s 2020-2021 Distinguished Visiting Professor Alex Kontorovich is hosting a free, one-hour, online session of "Ask A Mathematician –– Anything!" today at 4pm ET. Learn more and register at askmath.momath.org.

National Museum of Mathematics: Inspiring math exploration and discovery

Join mathematician and Head of Proof School, Sam Vandervelde, today at 4pm & 7pm ET to investigate interesting and sophi...
11/04/2020
Math Encounters – National Museum of Mathematics

Join mathematician and Head of Proof School, Sam Vandervelde, today at 4pm & 7pm ET to investigate interesting and sophisticated challenges in an engaging exploration! Learn more & register at mathencounters.momath.org

National Museum of Mathematics: Inspiring math exploration and discovery

11/03/2020
Real and Rational: the 2020 MoMath Gala on October 20, 2020

Missed this year's MoMath Gala? No need to worry....the full event is now available to watch online FOR FREE!

Listen to the powerful moderated discussions with Eric Schmidt, former Executive Chairman and CEO of Google and Co-Founder of Schmidt Futures; Julie Gerberding, former Director of the CDC and Executive Vice President at Merck; and Nate Silver, American statistician.

To watch "Real and Rational: The 2020 MoMath Gala," visit galavideo.momath.org

Featuring conversations with Eric Schmidt, Julie Gerberding, and Nate Silver, moderated by Manjul Bhargava. Also including comments by Cindy Lawrence, John O...

Take a shot at today's #MathMonday challenge! Comment your answers below 👇 The correct answer will be revealed tomorrow.
11/02/2020

Take a shot at today's #MathMonday challenge! Comment your answers below 👇 The correct answer will be revealed tomorrow.

Happy Halloween from MoMath! 👻🎃🤣
10/31/2020

Happy Halloween from MoMath! 👻🎃🤣

Can you solve the math puzzle below? 🤔💭 Mathematician Sam Vandervelde will reveal the answer to his puzzle during MoMath...
10/30/2020

Can you solve the math puzzle below? 🤔💭 Mathematician Sam Vandervelde will reveal the answer to his puzzle during MoMath's free Math Encounters event on November 4 at 4pm & 7pm ET. Join us as we investigate interesting & sophisticated challenges that will leave you amazed! Learn more & register at mathencounters.org

In a session of "Making Math Solid," students used modular origami techniques to create their very own hexahedron, octah...
10/29/2020

In a session of "Making Math Solid," students used modular origami techniques to create their very own hexahedron, octahedron, and tetrahedron. To learn more about MoMath's online "Student Sessions," visit studentsessions.momath.org

Join us for a SPOOKTACULAR "Folding Fridays" event on October 30 to learn how to fold this adorable and useful ghost in ...
10/28/2020

Join us for a SPOOKTACULAR "Folding Fridays" event on October 30 to learn how to fold this adorable and useful ghost in a pumpkin box! It can be used as a tea lite holder, candy holder or strung as a decoration. You’ll also learn how to make the ghost disappear, resulting in a great pumpkin container. 👻🎃
For more information and to register, visit foldingfridays.momath.org

If you're a parent, join us tonight at 8pm ET for "QED: Homework Help…for Parents!" Led by MoMath’s 2020-2021 Distinguis...
10/27/2020
QED Homework Help – National Museum of Mathematics

If you're a parent, join us tonight at 8pm ET for "QED: Homework Help…for Parents!" Led by MoMath’s 2020-2021 Distinguished Visiting Professor, Alex Kontorovich, this monthly program allows parents the opportunity to ask questions about their child’s homework that they may not understand themselves. For more information & to register, visit qed.momath.org

National Museum of Mathematics: Inspiring math exploration and discovery

Happy #MathMonday! Can you solve today’s brainteaser? 🤔♟ Stay tuned for the answer, which we will reveal tomorrow.A knig...
10/26/2020

Happy #MathMonday! Can you solve today’s brainteaser? 🤔♟ Stay tuned for the answer, which we will reveal tomorrow.

A knight is placed on an infinite chessboard. If it cannot move to a square previously visited, how can it be moved in as few moves as possible so that it has no more moves available?

Last night, MoMath’s first online Gala raised almost $1.2 million! Organized by Executive Director and CEO Cindy Lawrenc...
10/21/2020

Last night, MoMath’s first online Gala raised almost $1.2 million! Organized by Executive Director and CEO Cindy Lawrence, this year’s “Real and Rational” Gala focused on math as a critically needed universal language and the role the Museum plays providing human connections to people around the world during the global pandemic. The event featured discussions with Eric Schmidt, former Executive Chairman and CEO of Google and Co-Founder of Schmidt Futures; Julie Gerberding, former Director of the CDC and Executive Vice President at Merck; and Nate Silver, American Statistician.

Our brains need just as much exercise as the rest of our bodies so that they stay sharp, healthy, & highly functional. I...
10/10/2020

Our brains need just as much exercise as the rest of our bodies so that they stay sharp, healthy, & highly functional.

In honor #WorldMentalHealthDay, here's a fun math puzzle to help stimulate your brain cells!

Here's the hint for this week's "Name That MoMath Exhibit!" If you think you know which MoMath exhibit this is, DM us yo...
10/09/2020

Here's the hint for this week's "Name That MoMath Exhibit!" If you think you know which MoMath exhibit this is, DM us your answer!

Join educator and entertainer, John Chase, in an exciting FREE demonstration of the compelling connections between math ...
10/09/2020
Family Fridays – National Museum of Mathematics

Join educator and entertainer, John Chase, in an exciting FREE demonstration of the compelling connections between math and juggling tonight at 6:30pm ET! Bring three objects and learn how to juggle with help from a professional. Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org

On October 12 at 9am or 1pm ET, MoMath is hosting a 3 hour online mini-camp for grades 3-8 called "What’s Fair?" Campers...
10/08/2020

On October 12 at 9am or 1pm ET, MoMath is hosting a 3 hour online mini-camp for grades 3-8 called "What’s Fair?" Campers will develop a deeper understanding of democracy while having fun exploring the math behind different voting systems. Learn more and register at minicamp.momath.org

Are there more words than numbers, or more numbers than words? Register for MoMath and PlanetWord's “Math Words Trivia N...
10/08/2020
Write Angles: "Math Words Trivia Night" — October 8, 6:30 pm ET (New York) - National Museum of MathematicsNational Museum of Mathematics

Are there more words than numbers, or more numbers than words? Register for MoMath and PlanetWord's “Math Words Trivia Night” tonight at 6:30pm ET to explore the amazing facts around the language we use to describe numbers. Register for this free event at writeangles.momath.com

National Museum of Mathematics: Inspiring math exploration and discovery

Yesterday 150 kindergarten through third grade students joined MoMath favorite, Steve Sherman, for a wild and wacky sess...
10/07/2020

Yesterday 150 kindergarten through third grade students joined MoMath favorite, Steve Sherman, for a wild and wacky session of stories, games, and laughter!

Register your child for the next event on November 10 by visiting loving.momath.org

In MoMath's "Shape Shifters" session, students discovered how shapes are different from one another and how mathematicia...
10/07/2020

In MoMath's "Shape Shifters" session, students discovered how shapes are different from one another and how mathematicians identify and name them.

For this week only, MoMath is offering ALL online "Student Sessions" for FREE! Learn more & register at studentsessions.momath.org

People worldwide ask the question “What is the point of mathematics?” Tonight at 4pm & 7pm ET join Dr. Nira Chamberlain;...
10/07/2020
Math Encounters — Online: "What's the Point: Why Math Really Matters" with Nira Chamberlain - October 7 at 4:00 pm ET (New York) - National Museum of MathematicsNational Museum of Mathematics

People worldwide ask the question “What is the point of mathematics?” Tonight at 4pm & 7pm ET join Dr. Nira Chamberlain; Chartered Mathematician, Chartered Scientist, and President of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications; as he shares applications of mathematical modeling! Register for free free at mathencounters.org!

National Museum of Mathematics: Inspiring math exploration and discovery

🚨WIN A PRIZE🚨 If you know which MoMath exhibit this is, DM us your answer. The first person to DM the correct name of th...
10/06/2020

🚨WIN A PRIZE🚨

If you know which MoMath exhibit this is, DM us your answer. The first person to DM the correct name of the exhibit wins for the week! Winners & prizes will be announced at the end of October. Stay tuned for a hint on Friday!

MoMath extends deep congratulations to its friend Roger Penrose on winning a Nobel Prize — here he is pictured with MoMa...
10/06/2020

MoMath extends deep congratulations to its friend Roger Penrose on winning a Nobel Prize — here he is pictured with MoMath’s Executive Director at the Tessellation Station exhibit at MoMath.

Today at 4pm ET join master storyteller, Steve Sherman, for a wild and wacky session of stories, games, and laughter! Th...
10/06/2020

Today at 4pm ET join master storyteller, Steve Sherman, for a wild and wacky session of stories, games, and laughter! This program is designed for kindergarteners through third graders. Learn more and register at loving.momath.org

THIS WEEK ONLY (October 5-9):MoMath is offering a special Fall promotion...All online “Student Sessions” for grades pre-...
10/05/2020

THIS WEEK ONLY (October 5-9):

MoMath is offering a special Fall promotion...All online “Student Sessions” for grades pre-K through 12 are FREE! Come explore the wondrous world of mathematics, guided by an experienced educator. Learn more & register at studentsessions.momath.org

10/05/2020

The students get distracted by what’s written on the board: “(2x-1)² + 4(x+3)² = (2x+7)² where x>0 Eureka!”

Students: “Don’t you usually collect terms to get all of the ‘x’s on one side?”

Teacher: “Oh no, it’s much easier to solve this way.”

What is x? #MathMonday #MoMath

Join Alex Kontorovich tonight at 7pm ET to explore (non-)Euclidean Geometry: the study of Euclid's "Elements," the famou...
10/05/2020
Pythagoras to Present Day – National Museum of Mathematics

Join Alex Kontorovich tonight at 7pm ET to explore (non-)Euclidean Geometry: the study of Euclid's "Elements," the famous "Parallel Postulate," and modern re-interpretations during MoMath's "Pythagoras to Present Day: Math’s Greatest Hits!" event. Learn more and register at p2p.momath.org

On October 6 and November 10, master storyteller Steve Sherman will be leading an exciting session designed for kinderga...
10/04/2020
Loving Math – National Museum of Mathematics

On October 6 and November 10, master storyteller Steve Sherman will be leading an exciting session designed for kindergarteners through third graders! If your child loves stories, games, and laughter, don’t miss this wild and wacky event! Learn more and register at loving.momath.org

National Museum of Mathematics: Inspiring math exploration and discovery

Starting next Saturday, October 10, MoMath and the Global Math Project (GMP) are teaming up for the fourth annual Global...
10/03/2020
Global Math Week – National Museum of Mathematics

Starting next Saturday, October 10, MoMath and the Global Math Project (GMP) are teaming up for the fourth annual Global Math Week! Each day of the week, GMP co-founder Dr. James Tanton will present a lesson on the topic of Exploding Dots! See and experience what millions across the globe regularly call “mind blowing." Learn more and register at gmw2020.momath.org

Here's this week's hint!If you think you know which MoMath exhibit this is, DM us your answer:
10/02/2020

Here's this week's hint!

If you think you know which MoMath exhibit this is, DM us your answer:

Is an elevator a vehicle? Is a hot dog a sandwich? Is an emoji a word? The answers to these questions can vary based on ...
10/01/2020
Fun with Mathematical Definitions — October 1 at 6:30 pm ET (New York) - National Museum of MathematicsNational Museum of Mathematics

Is an elevator a vehicle? Is a hot dog a sandwich? Is an emoji a word? The answers to these questions can vary based on your definitions of vehicle, sandwich, and word. Tonight at 6:30pm ET play with the boundary between precision and ambiguity with award-winning author and math educator, Christopher Danielson. Learn more and register at definitions.momath.org

National Museum of Mathematics: Inspiring math exploration and discovery

Bring your questions or just join to listen in today at 4pm ET for another "Ask A Mathematician Anything" session with M...
10/01/2020
Ask a Mathematician — Anything! – National Museum of Mathematics

Bring your questions or just join to listen in today at 4pm ET for another "Ask A Mathematician Anything" session with MoMath's Distinguished Visiting Professor, Alex Kontorovich! Whether it's a question about a curious new idea you have or a concept you’d like to understand better, Dr. Kontorovich is here to help! Learn more and register at askmath.momath.org

National Museum of Mathematics: Inspiring math exploration and discovery

Tonight at 6:30 pm ET join dancer, choreographer, mathematician, and math professor Karl Schaffer as we play with severa...
09/30/2020
Dancing with Circles— September 30 at 6:30 pm ET (New York) - National Museum of MathematicsNational Museum of Mathematics

Tonight at 6:30 pm ET join dancer, choreographer, mathematician, and math professor Karl Schaffer as we play with several surprising ways of exploring circles — and their properties — using our bodies! This interactive session will explore whole-body circular activities easily done in a very small space. Learn how these movement sequences connect to the curious algebra of quaternions! Learn more and register at circledance.momath.org

National Museum of Mathematics: Inspiring math exploration and discovery

🤩CHANCE TO WIN A PRIZE🤩 1. If you think you know which MoMath exhibit this is, DM us your answer. The first person to DM...
09/29/2020

🤩CHANCE TO WIN A PRIZE🤩

1. If you think you know which MoMath exhibit this is, DM us your answer. The first person to DM the correct name of the exhibit wins for the week.

2. Winners & prizes will be announced at the end of October. Stay tuned for a hint on Friday!

When helping your child with their homework, does it sometimes look different from what you remember learning when you w...
09/29/2020
QED Homework Help – National Museum of Mathematics

When helping your child with their homework, does it sometimes look different from what you remember learning when you were in school? Join Alex Kontorovich tonight at 8pm ET as he provides homework help for parents! Learn more & register at qed.momath.org

National Museum of Mathematics: Inspiring math exploration and discovery

09/28/2020

Call a number monotonous if its digits are in strictly ascending order, left to right. For example, 359 is monotonous, but neither 2,446 nor 2,480 is. The smallest five-digit monotonous number is 12,345.

What is the 100th smallest five-digit monotonous number? #MathMonday

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