Steven Strogatz

Steven Strogatz is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Applied Mathematics at Cornell University, and is currently Director of the Center for Applied Mathematics.

He has received numerous awards for his research, teaching, and public service, including: a Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation; MIT's highest teaching prize, the E. M. Baker Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching; the J.P. and Mary Barger '50 Teaching Award, the Robert '55 and Vanne '57 Cowie Teaching Award, the Tau Beta Pi Teaching Award, and the Swanson Teaching Award, all from Cornell's College of Engineering; and the Communications Award from the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics, a lifetime achievement award for the communication of mathematics to the general public. In 2009 he was elected a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics for his "investigations of small-world networks and coupled oscillators and for outstanding science communication." 

Strogatz has been a frequent guest on National Public Radio's RadioLab and, as he discusses in this interview, he wrote a weekly column on mathematics for the New York Times during the spring of 2010. He is the author of Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos and Sync. His most recent book, The Calculus of Friendship, was published in August 2009.