National Museum of Mathematics Celebrates First Anniversary With Events for All Ages, 12/13-12/15

New York, NY

In just one year since opening on December 15, 2012, the wildly popular National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath), located beside Madison Square Park in Manhattan in New York City, has attracted over 170,000 visitors, nearly tripling its attendance goal. This weekend (December 13-15), MoMath will continue its first anniversary celebration with a series of exciting events that engage children and adults of all ages in the fun and engaging world of mathematics.

"When we set out to create the only math museum in North America, we saw an incredible demand for hands-on math programming," said Glen Whitney, MoMath co-founder and co-executive director. "We wanted to create an experience that changes public perceptions of mathematics by revealing the fun, cool and beautiful aspects of the subject that can keep children interested in math for life. With over 170,000 visitors in our first year, we feel confident that we're on the right track."

Innovative math programming has played a significant role in MoMath's success. On Thursday, December 5, MoMath kicked off its first anniversary celebration by gathering nearly 2,000 math enthusiasts to "Pythagorize" the historic Flatiron building on 23rd Street and Fifth Avenue. Participants of all ages surrounded the landmark Flatiron Building with glow sticks to create a stunning illuminated proof of the Pythagorean Theorem, which states that every right triangle has side lengths satisfying the formula a2 + b2 = c2. The largest math demonstration in New York history, this tribute was the first in an ongoing series of MathHappenings that MoMath is planning to celebrate New York City through math and art.

"At MoMath, we have a wide range of exhibits that appeal to all age groups - from the Square-Wheeled Trike, which demonstrates the mathematical principle 'for every wheel there is a road', to Math Square, a Jumbotron-like floor that creates full-body engagement through a variety of math puzzles and games," said Cindy Lawrence, who joined Whitney in founding the Museum and is now co-executive director. "Our special math programs build upon what we have onsite and play a key role in bringing math to life in an engaging way."

In celebration of its first anniversary, MoMath will host a series of interactive events for all ages, including:

Family Friday: An Enigmatic Evening: Friday, December 13, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Momath's Enigmaster, Pradeep Mutalik, founder of the New York Times "Numberplay" weekly math puzzle blog, will share his experience in puzzles and resolutions. The Enigmaster will explore several of his favorite puzzles and present easy to understand solutions that can be key to instilling a lifelong love of mathematics and general problem solving. Learn more at familyfriday.momath.org.

Dimensions: the MoMath Puzzle Hunt, Saturday, December 14, 3 - 7:30 p.m.
This thrilling, competitive and addictive puzzle hunt is meant for intrepid experts and bold novices alike. Dimensions will be solved at the Museum over the course of a few hours and features word puzzles, logic puzzles, secret codes and prizes. The 2012 puzzle hunt was a huge success, as more than 20 teams, featuring a wide cross-section of players from high school students to hedge fund analysts, battled it out to find a missing number among MoMath's many exhibits. This year's Dimensions Hunt, constructed by a team of puzzle writers from all over the U.S., is a multilayered tribute to the brilliant mathematician and war hero Alan Turing, who was instrumental in breaking enemy codes during World War II. Learn more at dimensions.momath.org.




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