About Michael S. Schneider


Michael S. Schneider has been an educator for four decades. He delights in teaching about the intersections of nature, science, mathematics and art.

He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, and a Master's Degree in Mathematics Education from the University of Florida.

He’s taught youngsters in public and private schools at the Middle School and Elementary school levels since 1974. In 1977, Michael was a Fulbright-Hayes Scholar in India studying ancient mathematics and sciences. He has been a computer consultant at the United Nations, Nickelodeon, MTV, NY Times and many other corporations.

He has worked for the New York Academy of Sciences, and wrote articles, posters and teachers' editions for various Scholastic magazines. Michael was the creator and writer of the weekly "Mother Nature" segment at WNYC-FM radio on the popular live broadcast "Kids America" program (1986-87). He's also held workshops for educators at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York through their Education Department including "Science in the Art Museum", "The Mathematics of Islamic Art" and "Showing Children Harmony".

In 1993 Michael worked with master stonecarver Simon Verity to design the geometry harmonizing the statues on the south side of the "Portal of Paradise" (central entrance) to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. During 1996-97 Michael was the Dean of Mathematics and Dean of Science at The Ross School in East Hampton, NY. He presently lives in northern California where he's a Senior Adjunct Professor at the California College Of The Arts (San Francisco) teaching art students "Mathematical Ideas For Artists." He's also taught at the Ex'pression College For Digital Media in Emeryville and the Sophia Center For Graduate Studies in Culture and Spirituality at Holy Names University in Oakland.

Michael is the author of "A Beginner's Guide To Constructing The Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes Of Nature, Art and Science" (HarperPerennial paperback 1995), six "Constructing The Universe Activity Books," a DVD “Journey From 1 to 12” and numerous articles concerning mathematics and teaching mathematics through nature, art science and philosophy. His website is http://www.constructingtheuniverse.com/

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