2019 Festival Schedule

Join us in the heart of downtown D.C. on Saturday, May 4, 2019 for this free, all-ages event!

Whether you bring a friend—or bring the whole family—you will find inspiration and enjoyment. 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!

Learn more about the activities and presentations taking place at the 2019 Festival below. Full schedule information, including event times and locations within the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, will be released by early 2019.

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10:15 AM

10:15am – 11:00am

Event time: 10:15am - 11:00am

Data Did That!

From robots to Facebook, medicine, and shopping, data is a driving force in the world…

Event time: 10:15am - 11:00am

How Many Degrees are in a Martian Circle?

Who chose the number 360 for the count of degrees in a circle? Why that…

Event time: 10:15am - 11:00am

Impromptu Magic & Math – Learn Stunts to Dazzle your Friends and Family!

Magician Mark Mitton will teach you magic tricks, puzzles, and mathematical curiosities from the writings…

Event time: 10:15am - 11:00am

Math and the Movies

Who made the ocean flow in “Moana”? Who made the snow swirl in “Frozen”? Mathematicians,…

Event time: 10:15am - 11:00am

Math and Your Love Life

Suppose a school has the same number of heterosexual boys and girls looking to date….

Event time: 10:15am - 11:00am

Safety Goggles Not Required: Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do with Your Laptop

Computational modeling drives everything from making animation more art-directable, to experimenting with theories of cancer…

11:30 AM

11:30am – 12:15pm

Event time: 11:30am – 12:15pm

Cryptography: Secrets and Lies, Knowledge and Trust

Can you play poker on the telephone with people you don’t trust? Amazingly, you can!…

Event time: 11:30am – 12:15pm

Math, Ice Cores, and Planet Earth

Whatever your talents, and whatever your passions, you can use them to help our planet….

Event time: 11:30am – 12:15pm

Math, Music, History: 300 Years in 30 Minutes

Would you cook dinner from a 300-year-old recipe book? Make clothes from a 300-year-old pattern?…

Event time: 11:30am – 12:15pm

Mathematics for Human Flourishing

Some think of mathematics as cold, lifeless, and unemotional. But mathematics can be a hopeful…

Event time: 11:30am – 12:15pm

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

As a species, we have an extraordinary ability to create works of art that elevate,…

Event time: 11:30am – 12:15pm

The Mathematics of Social Choice

This talk will explore the paradoxes and possibilities of the mathematics of voting, which seeks…

12:45 PM

12:45pm – 1:30pm

Event time: 12:45pm - 1:30pm

A Fine Art of Problem Solving: How Mathematicians Use Braids to Save the Day and Take Over the World, One Ribbon at a Time

People all around the world love braiding: weavers, hairdressers…and even mathematicians! Meet mathematician Nancy Scherich…

Event time: 12:45pm - 1:30pm

Math and the Movies

Who made the ocean flow in “Moana”? Who made the snow swirl in “Frozen”? Mathematicians,…

Event time: 12:45pm - 1:30pm

Math and Your Love Life

Suppose a school has the same number of heterosexual boys and girls looking to date….

Event time: 12:45pm - 1:30pm

Math, Ice Cores, and Planet Earth

Whatever your talents, and whatever your passions, you can use them to help our planet….

Event time: 12:45pm - 1:30pm

The Geometry of Chess

The chessboard is an eight by eight grid. Despite the limited size of the board,…

Event time: 12:45pm - 1:30pm

The Power of Primes

Prime numbers are the building blocks of arithmetic. But how do mathematicians think about primes?…

2:00 PM

2:00pm – 2:45pm

2:00pm - 2:45pm

Dance of the Diagram

Dance of the Diagram, choreographed by Kyla Barkin and Aaron Selissen, will delight all viewers, regardless of their previous mathematical credentials! The piece, commissioned by celebrated mathematician Dr. James Simons, was inspired by a beautiful piece of mathematics coming from geometry. As it goes in mathematics, so it goes on the dance floor, as dancers traverse specific sequences and patterns on a hexagonal diagram. Along…

8-10, 11-13, 14-18, 18+ , 2:00 PM , Presentation

Event time: 2:00pm - 2:45pm

Cryptography: Secrets and Lies, Knowledge and Trust

Can you play poker on the telephone with people you don’t trust? Amazingly, you can!…

Event time: 2:00pm - 2:45pm

Data Did That!

From robots to Facebook, medicine, and shopping, data is a driving force in the world…

Event time: 2:00pm - 2:45pm

How Many Degrees are in a Martian Circle?

Who chose the number 360 for the count of degrees in a circle? Why that…

Event time: 2:00pm - 2:45pm

Mathematics for Human Flourishing

Some think of mathematics as cold, lifeless, and unemotional. But mathematics can be a hopeful…

Event time: 2:00pm - 2:45pm

Safety Goggles Not Required: Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do with Your Laptop

Computational modeling drives everything from making animation more art-directable, to experimenting with theories of cancer…

Event time: 2:00pm - 2:45pm

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

As a species, we have an extraordinary ability to create works of art that elevate,…

3:15 PM

3:15pm – 4:00pm

Event time: 3:15pm - 4:00pm

A Fine Art of Problem Solving: How Mathematicians Use Braids to Save the Day and Take Over the World, One Ribbon at a Time

People all around the world love braiding: weavers, hairdressers…and even mathematicians! Meet mathematician Nancy Scherich…

Event time: 3:15pm - 4:00pm

Impromptu Magic & Math – Learn Stunts to Dazzle your Friends and Family!

Magician Mark Mitton will teach you magic tricks, puzzles, and mathematical curiosities from the writings…

Event time: 3:15pm - 4:00pm

Math, Music, History: 300 Years in 30 Minutes

Would you cook dinner from a 300-year-old recipe book? Make clothes from a 300-year-old pattern?…

Event time: 3:15pm - 4:00pm

The Geometry of Chess

The chessboard is an eight by eight grid. Despite the limited size of the board,…

Event time: 3:15pm - 4:00pm

The Mathematics of Social Choice

This talk will explore the paradoxes and possibilities of the mathematics of voting, which seeks…

Event time: 3:15pm - 4:00pm

The Power of Primes

Prime numbers are the building blocks of arithmetic. But how do mathematicians think about primes?…