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Contact Information: Tanya Klein Public Relations 973-596-3433

Creator of New Museum of Math To Speak at NJIT

Mathematics is a vital tool for understanding the world and in the fall of 2012 a new museum will invite the public to experience the power and wonders of mathematics, with an emphasis on activities that are creative, surprising and fun.   On Friday, April 13, 2012, George Hart, chief of content for the Museum of Mathematics (MoMath), will offer a visual preview of the engaging exhibits planned for the museum, to be located in midtown Manhattan. The public is invited to the free lecture set for 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Campus Center Atrium, which is located on the ground floor of the NJIT Campus Center at Central Ave. and Summit St.

Prior to becoming involved with MoMath, Hart spent 10 years as a research professor in the computer science department at Stony Brook University in New York. He holds a BS in mathematics and a PhD in electrical engineering and computer science, both from MIT. He is the author of a linear algebra monograph, Multidimensional Analysis, and coauthor of Zome Geometry, an introductory exploration of the geometry of nature.

Hart is also a sculptor and puzzle designer interested in innovative ways to use computer technology in his artwork. His sculpture has been exhibited around the world and can be seen at http://georgehart.com. He is also very active in developing novel hands-on workshops as ways to communicate the richness and excitement of mathematics. His current focus is on designing what he hopes will become the “coolest museum anywhere.”

To learn more about MoMath: http://momath.org.  For more information about the Technology and Society Forum: Contact Jay Kappraff, kappraff@adm.njit.edu or 973-596-3490 or visit http://tsf.njit.edu. Previous Forum presentations are available at http://itunes.njit.edu; search for “Technology and Society Forum.”

One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.