Solutions with Steven Strogatz: An entertaining mathematical demonstration

Thursday, October 11, 11am-12pm

The Project Room welcomes New York Times contributor and author of The Joy of X, Steven Strogatz, for some morning mathematics! A frequent guest on Radiolab and ambassador of making math engaging for anyone, Strogatz will present his perspective on different kinds of “solutions” as our final event in the Solutions topic.

If you are a creative maker of things and find little to like about numbers, this is the event for you! Space is limited, so plan to arrive early!

Steve will also be presenting The Joy of X at Town Hall Seattle on October 10 at 7:30pm. Listen to him read, buy your book, and then join us at TPR the next morning for more fun with Steve!


Steven Strogatz is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Applied Mathematics at Cornell University.  He holds a joint appointment in the College of Arts and Sciences (Mathematics) and the College of Engineering (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering).

After graduating summa cum laude in mathematics from Princeton in 1980, Strogatz studied at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was a Marshall Scholar. He did his doctoral work in applied mathematics at Harvard, followed by a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard and Boston University. From 1989 to 1994, Strogatz taught in the Department of Mathematics at MIT. He joined the Cornell faculty in 1994.

Strogatz is passionate about public outreach and loves sharing the beauty of math and science with a wide audience. He has spoken at TED and is a frequent guest on RadioLab. In the spring of 2010 he wrote a weekly blog about mathematics for the New York Times; the Harvard Business Review described these columns as “must reads for entrepreneurs and executives” and “a model for how mathematics needs to be popularized.” His second New York Times series, Me, Myself and Math, appeared in the fall of 2012. Strogatz has also filmed a series of 24 lectures on Chaos for the Teaching Company’s Great Courses series. He is the author of Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos (1994), Sync (2003), and The Calculus of Friendship (2009). His most recent book, The Joy of x, was published in October 2012.