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Steven Strogatz - Award winning mathematician

Steven Strogatz

An award-winning researcher, teacher, and science communicator, Strogatz finds math in places where you’d least expect it – making it accessible and fascinating to illuminate life’s mysteries, big and small.

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?


  • Recipient of the nation’s highest honor for science communications, the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Award for Excellence in Science Communications, awarded by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, in partnership with Schmidt Futures.
  • 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
  • Named the inaugural chair of the Susan and Barton Winokur Distinguished Professorship for the Public Understanding of Science and Mathematics at Cornell University.
  • Elected to the National Academy of Sciences
  • 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 is a New York Times Best-Seller.

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Strogatz’s skill in making complex topics relatable and engaging is truly commendable, and his contributions serve as a beacon in the realm of making mathematics accessible and fascinating to a wider public. He reveals, with superb quality, the wonder and depth of math, managing to be both entertaining and thought-provoking for a wide range of audiences.

- National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, in partnership with Schmidt Futures

Steve is the best speaker, bar none, we've ever had... He listened and hit exactly the right level for the diverse audience. He was spontaneous while also being really well prepared. He is passionate, funny, relaxed, and genuine…He was a stunning presenter with a message that was accessible and yet complex. Perfect!

- Empire State College

Dr. Strogatz's presentation was wonderful - we have received so much positive feedback from attendees. His session was nearly packed, and the book signing afterwards really commanded a crowd.

- National Council for Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)