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News from the National Math Festival

November 2018  ·

We're Thankful for... All of You!

Thanksgiving may be over, but we still have one more thing to be grateful for: all of you who are planning to share the day with us on May 4, 2019! When you come to the National Math Festival, you'll find plenty of things to love and explore about mathematics, including countless free, fun, and surprising presentations and activities. So make sure to mark your calendar… and then come with family and friends for a real celebration!

Add the National Math Festival to your calendar!


MathMINDs Games: South of the Sahara

MIND Research Institute

Both kids and adults will enjoy this fun and engaging blend of math, history, culture, and geography. Try your hand at new math-related games for 2-4 players that take their inspiration from games in ancient Ghana, Mozambique, and Madagascar. These games are ready for families and friends to play together, with fun challenges for all! Learn More →

Math-Art Exhibit and Platonic Paper Folding

The Bridges Organization

Learn how to create an amazing Platonic solid – your choice of a dodecahedron (12 sides) or icosahedron (20 sides). Wear it, decorate it, or give it to a friend! Also, check out the Math-Art Exhibit to see surprising ways that artists use math, and mathematicians use art, to describe the universe! Learn more

2019 Presenter Profiles

The National Math Festival brings some of today’s most fascinating mathematicians together for a wide variety of presentations, performances, short creative films, and hands-on puzzles, games, art-making, mathletic competitions, and more! Stay tuned each month as we highlight our 2019 presenters.

The Creativity Code: The Art of Algorithms and the Algorithms of Art

Dr. Marcus du Sautoy, University of Oxford

Some believe that artificial intelligence and machine learning can help computers learn to be as creative as people. Dr. Marcus du Sautoy examines what these new developments might mean, for both the creative arts and math. Will computers learn to mimic human creativity … and if so, what will that look like? Learn more

The Power of Primes

Dr. Holly Krieger, University of Cambridge

Dr. Holly Krieger invites you to dive into the world of pure mathematics with this look at what fascinates us about prime numbers. From Fermat’s Last Theorem to chaos theory, the Sierpinski triangle, and more of your favorite mathematical theorems and structures, there's plenty to explore, no matter what level you're at! Learn more 

Sneak Peek: 2019 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!

NSF We Are Mathematics Contest Winners: Short Film Debuts

National Science Foundation (NSF)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has just launched its “We Are Mathematics” video competition for anyone involved with NSF-supported work in the mathematical sciences – learn more about the contest here. At the National Math Festival, you can see the world debut of the award winning films!

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
The Kavli Foundation

American Mathematical Society (AMS)
The Charles and Lisa Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences
Northrop Grumman
Donate to the 2019 Festival
MSRI · IAS · MoMath logos
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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