Dani Novak

Dani Novak

Emeritus Professor , Department of Mathematics
Faculty, School of Humanities and Sciences

Specialty:Computer Art.with Music, Intuitive Math, Fibonacci Sound Patterns, GeoGebra Workshops, Healing fear of Math, , Math and Music Camps, Math Days, Building Labyrinths
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Biography

I  was Born in Israel in 1949,  Being a child of Holocaust survivors, I sought the sanctuary of pure mathematics, whose beauty and order have preserved my sanity . . . and, to a certain extent, my humanity.  Thanks God, now that this phase of my life is behind me I turned my time and energy and am joining with others to share the beauty of Math with people from all backgrounds and all ages.  Math is hard wired into our brain.  It is a part and an expression of human consciousness that keeps unfolding forever like music, poetry and other forms of art.

I completed my undergraduate and MA degrees at the technion in Israel and immigrated with my wife and 3 years old daughter to the USA in 1977.  In 1981 I completed my PhD in Pure Mathematics at the University of Connecticut under the guidance of George Raney who became a dear friend and mentor.  In 1981 I was accepted as an assistant professor at Ithaca College and retired after 33 years in 2014.  In addition to the usual course taught, I designed two new courses:  Math Art with Computers and Math Fun with computers.  These non traditional courses were designed to empower and inspire students who do not like math and to connect math with life.

Shortly after coming to Ithaca College I started directing Math summer camps and with the help of a colleague, Dr. David Rosenthal  co-designed a computer language that was later used both in college classes and in the summer camps.  Recent versions of the language integrate math and music Here is a link to an example.  I also conducted many Math days  at Ithaca College and in school and inspired local schools to run Math days.  In 2008 I discovered a wonderful tool to teach Math called GeoGebra and directed  the  First GeoGebra conference in North America.

On May 4th 2016, I experienced Crucial pain from my spine to my left leg that prevented me from standing or walking.  After a few weeks of agony,  by seeming coincidence I stumbled upon a 10 days Transformation  course by Jack Canfield.   Thanks to this course  I am looking for opportunities to share the beauty of Math with people in the US and other countries. I want to inspire teachers, administrators and parents to free themselves from the shackles of a dysfunctional systems that rob young students from their natural math abilities and teaches them incompetence.

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