Complex Math Simply?

My mission as a science writer is to make the complex simple. It frustrates me when I encounter well-educated people who insist there is no simple way to explain x, y, or z. Having written an entire book about applied fluid dynamics for laypeople, I also frankly find this hard to believe. SO – my project for 2013 is to discover those who also believe it is important – and possible – to make the complex simple.

Steven Strogatz

Steven Strogatz

First up? Steven Strogatz. Strogatz is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Applied Mathematics at Cornell University. He has an impressive list of honors that include MIT’s highest teaching prize. According to the bio on his Web site, Strogatz is “passionate about public outreach and loves sharing the beauty of math and science with a wide audience.” That makes him just the kind of guy I’m looking for.

Strogatz wrote his first series,  “The Elements of Math,” for the New York Times in 2010. (His book, The Joy of xis based on the series and definitely worth your time.)

A second series for the New York Times, “Me, Myself and Math,” ran in 2012.


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