Steven Strogatz

An award-winning researcher, teacher, and communicator, Strogatz enjoys sharing the beauty of math, nonlinear dynamics and complex systems, often on topics inspired by the curiosities of everyday life.

  • He loves finding math in places where you’d least expect it—and then using it to illuminate life’s mysteries, big and small.
    For example: Why is it so hard to fall asleep a few hours before your regular bedtime? When you start chatting with a stranger on a plane, why is it so common to find that you have a mutual acquaintance? What can twisting a rubber band teach us about our DNA?
  • Writings include The Joy of X, Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos, Sync, and The Calculus of Friendship: What a Teacher and a Student Learned about Life while Corresponding about Math
  • Received numerous awards including the Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation along with the Communications Award from the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics
  • Winner of the AAAS Public Engagement with Science Award Recipients
  • Work has been featured in Nature magazine, the New York Times, U.S. News and World Report, Discover and Newsweek
  • Infinite Powers now a New York Times best-seller!

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