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National Math Festival 

February 2019  ·

Have You Registered Yet?

The 2019 National Math Festival is now on Eventbrite and while not required, we encourage you to register so that you can stay up-to-date on last minute details and receive reminders and insider tips. We will also send you an early preview (April 2019) of the Festival program to help you plan for your visit. You can also register for Dance of the Diagram, the Film Room, and the Presentations. 
 We need your help to spread the word! You can download free materials to promote the National Math Festival in your school, community, and on social media in our 2019 Festival Supporters Toolkit. Help us to share this joyful math experience with others by emailing a flyer or sharing the Festival on social media with your family and friends.
Download 2019 Festival Flyers, Social Media Graphics, & More!

Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival

The Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival invites you to celebrate your mind with mathematics. Come see how mathematics can jump off the pages of a book, grow out of a board game, or emerge from a the dialogue of a cartoon. Our mathematics will tickle your mind, and your mind will respond with thoughts you never knew you had – and maybe thoughts that no one else has had! Learn more

2019 Festival Major Activity Presenters

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2019 Presenter Profiles

Math, Music. History: 300 Years in 30 Minutes

Dr. Lillian Pierce, Duke University

Some things get better with age, including math and music! Join mathematician (and violinist) Dr. Lillian Pierce on a journey through time, and learn how even 300-year-old pieces of music and mathematical ideas can still amaze and entertain. (Note: you must be under 300 years old to attend!) Learn more

Math and Your Love Life

Dr. Annie Raymond, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Imagine there’s a group of girls who want to date boys, and the same number of boys who want to date girls, and everybody has a preference of partner... can we use math to pair them up so that everyone is happy with the results? How does the math change for straight, gay, and bi group members? Learn how math can be a powerful matchmaker, in love and beyond. Learn more →

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Film Room

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Film Room features a full day of events that bring math to life on the screen and face-to-face! Bring your questions and your curiosity, and our film presenters will supply the fun! View all Film Room events

NOVA: Prediction by the Numbers

No one truly knows the future ... and yet people make predictions about nearly everything — from weather, to sports, politics, and even daily traffic. NOVA’s Prediction by the Numbers explores stories of statistics in action and investigates how the big data models that rule our lives also pose big—and sometimes disturbing—questions. Watch clips from NOVA’s latest dive into the world of statistics and probability in this screening event. Learn more

More Math! Online Resources

We invite you to explore the wonder and beauty of math with these puzzles, games, books, videos, and other mathy treats. New resources are added each month!  Learn more
New this month: Prepare for a Pi Day party by trying a recipe for Fibonacci Lemonade... listen to a podcast about the life of mathematician Emmy Noether... get new ideas for family game night from Games for Young Minds... create your own symmetrical art with the iOrnament app... or figure out what numbers make robots tick with SolveMe Who Am I!

2019 Festival Sponsors


We joyfully thank our 2019 Festival sponsors!
Simons Foundation · Alfred P. Sloan Foundation · Eric and Wendy Schmidt · National Science Foundation
Simons Foundation
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Eric and Wendy Schmidt
National Science Foundation
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Irwin and Joan Jacobs
The Kavli Foundation
American Mathematical Society (AMS)
The Charles and Lisa Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences
Educational Testing Service (ETS)
Northrop Grumman
Festival Organizers: MSRI · IAS · MoMath
The 2019 National Math Festival is a program of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI), in cooperation with the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) and the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath).

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