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Johnson to discuss 'Beauty in Mathematics'

Published: January 25, 2017 12:00 AM

When we think of mathematics, we usually think of numbers and the headaches that come with them. Today's students are being encouraged to pursue mathematics through science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) initiatives, but the stigma associated with math is one many aren't yet ready to overcome. The problem: We don't think of math as beautiful or enjoyable. However, The Ohio State University at Newark Assistant Professor of Mathematics Niles Johnson wants people to start looking at math through a different lens. He believes math is not only useful but also beautiful.

Johnson will present "Beauty in Mathematics: From the Concept of Zero to Seven-dimensional Shapes" as part of the Faculty Talks Outside the Box lecture series. The talk will take place on Friday, Jan. 27 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Norman R. and Alethea E. Sleight Room in the John L. and Christine Warner Library and Student Center, 1219 University Drive, at Ohio State Newark.

If you have trouble with math, Johnson is here to help. Mathematics is about patterns, and he will explain how patterns in elementary arithmetic, such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, explain patterns in high-dimensional geometry. It is in these patterns that math meets art with aesthetically pleasing results. No calculators will be needed for the talk; just bring a spirit of curiosity.

Johnson received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2009. His areas of expertise include algebraic topology, mathematics education, and mathematical visualization. He will use his expertise to simplify mathematics and make it easily understandable and enjoyable for people of all ages.

During Faculty Talks Outside the Box, Ohio State Newark professors discuss recent research in their fields and how it relates to the community. The next talk will be held in February featuring Assistant Professor of Psychology Bradley Okdie, Ph.D. All talks are free and open to the public.

The Ohio State University at Newark offers an academic environment that's challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State's more than 200 majors. It's where learning comes to life. Research, study abroad and service learning opportunities prepare students for their careers in ways they never expected.


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