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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.”

NJIT, New Jersey's science and technology university, enrolls approximately 10,000 students pursuing bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 120 programs. The university consists of six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, College of Computing Sciences and Albert Dorman Honors College. U.S. News & World Report's 2012 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked NJIT in the top tier of national research universities. NJIT is internationally recognized for being at the edge in knowledge in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and e-learning. Many courses and certificate programs, as well as graduate degrees, are available online through the Division of Continuing Professional Education.