Dr. Joe Rosenstein — Champion of Discrete Mathematics


Dr. Joe Rosenstein is probably best known to the AMTNJ community for his effort in 1995 that led to math standards in New Jersey and the publication of “NJ Math Curriculum Framework.” He has directed the Precalculus Conference since 1987 including the March 2017 AMTNJ-Rutgers Dimacs meeting. In 1997, he was awarded the AMTNJ Max Sobel Award for Outstanding Service and Leadership in Mathematics Education. This AMTNJ 2017 Two-Day Featured Speaker will speak on “”What Every High School Student Should Know About Discrete Mathematics,” one of his specialties.

“What Every High School Student Should Know About Discrete Mathematics”

Dr. Rosenstein says, “There are many areas of discrete mathematics to which all high school students should be exposed, either because they have important applications, or because they are particularly interesting or beautiful or surprising, or because they shed light on the ‘human endeavor’ that we call mathematics. In this presentation, I will speak briefly about ten topics that every high school student should encounter, including, if time permits, Fibonacci numbers, the Four Color Theorem, the Traveling Salesman Problem, Tower of Hanoi, Euler and Hamilton circuits, the Utilities Problem and Euler’s Formula, Probability Misconceptions, Apportionment and Redistricting, Addition & Multiplication Principles of Counting, and Pascal’s Triangle.”

His Family

Mira, Ariela, Dalia, Neshama, and Nessa, his daughters, have blessed Dr. Joe Rosenstein and his wife Judy with eleven grandchildren. The youngest one was born this past March. His family is important and so is his work.

His Background and Work

Joe Rosenstein received his AB from Columbia and PhD from Cornell, and came to Rutgers in 1969 after teaching at Minnesota for 3 years. He capped his research career with “Linear Orderings,” a 400-page research monograph in textbook form. Since the early 1980s his focus has been on K-12 math education including the publication of “NJ Math Curriculum Framework.” He has directed the Precalculus Conference since 1987, the Rutgers Young Scholars Program since 1990, and many, many professional development programs for teachers, including the Leadership Program in Discrete Mathematics and the Institute for New Math Teachers. He is the author of “Problem Solving and Reasoning with Discrete Mathematics.”


His hobbies include reading, doing NYTimes crossword puzzles, and writing and publishing Jewish prayerbooks, in addition to writing the math textbook “Problem Solving and Reasoning with Discrete Mathematics” (new-math-text.com)

Jewish prayerbooks     “Problem Solving and Reasoning with Discrete Mathematics”
His email is joer@dimacs.rutgers.edu His website is dimacs.rutgers.edu/~joer/joer.html

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