MoSAIC Fest: Math of Science, Art, Industry & Culture



December 11-12, 2015

Take advantage of two free days in the MIT Museum to explore a "pop-up" math art exhibit, participate in interactive workshops and enjoy presentations about the art and culture of math.

This festival, including a national art exhibit, will celebrate the mathematics of science, art, industry and culture (MoSAIC) and is free and open to the public.

Schedule of Events

Friday, December 11

10:00 am - 8:00 pm: Art exhibit open for viewing

10:00am - 5:00 pm: Screening of math video shorts

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Second Fridays program with conversations about the math gender gap, challenging math activities, and presentations about math in art and culture.

5:10 pm - 6:10 pm: Presentations by Professor George Hart ("From Math to Sculpture") and Professor David Reimann ("Mathematics of M.C.Escher's Art")

6:15 pm - 7:00 pm: Discussion of the gender gap in mathematics by Dr. Rosalie Belanger-Rioux (Harvard University), Dr. Ken Fan (Girl's Angle), and Meena Boppana (Gender Inclusivity in Mathematics)

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Slide rules demonstrations, Rubik's Cube challenges, knot tying, and many more math activities.


Saturday, December 12

10:00 am - 5:00 pm: Art exhibit open for viewing

10:00 am - 12:00 pm: Geometric Sculpture Assembly workshop with George Hart (workshop is full)

10:00 am - 12:00 pm: Giant SOMA (cube-based puzzle) workshop with Elisabeth Heathfield (workshop is full)

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Presentation by Erik Demaine, "Playing with Art and Science: Origami, Glass, and Mathematics"

1:00 pm - 2:55 pm: Robert Lang's Four Intersecting Triangles workshop with OrigaMIT (workshop is full)

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm: Presentation & demonstration by Tadashi Tokieda, "Math Magic with Twisting, Gluing, and Slicing Strips of Paper"

3:05 pm - 4:30 pm: Creating Escher-like Tesselations workshop with David Reimann (workshop is full)

3:05 pm - 4:30 pm: Mathematical Sculpture from Drinking Straws workshop with Zachary Abel (workshop is full)


Organized in collaboration with the Bridges Organization and funded in part by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI), the Simons Foundation, and the Council for the Arts at MIT.