6 episodios

The acclaimed mathematician and author Steven Strogatz interviews some of the world’s leading scientists about their lives and work.

The Joy of x Steven Strogatz and Quanta Magazine

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The acclaimed mathematician and author Steven Strogatz interviews some of the world’s leading scientists about their lives and work.

    Corina Tarnita and the Deep Mathematics of Social Insects

    Corina Tarnita and the Deep Mathematics of Social Insects

    Corina Tarnita, professor of ecology and theoretical biology at Princeton University, brings the empirical power of mathematical modeling to the study of biological systems. She explains to host Steven Strogatz how that approach can illuminate the behaviors of social insects like termites — and how it solved the mystery of fairy circles in Namibia. This episode was produced by Dana Bialek. Read more at QuantaMagazine.org. Production and original music by Story Mechanics.

    • 51 min
    Robbert Dijkgraaf on Exploring Quantum Reality

    Robbert Dijkgraaf on Exploring Quantum Reality

    Robbert Dijkgraaf, a mathematical physicist and director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, describes how art school in the Netherlands taught him how to do science. Then he and host Steven Strogatz discuss the matrix model revolution in string theory and why space and time might not be the most fundamental things in the universe. This episode was produced by Dana Bialek. Read more at QuantaMagazine.org. Production and original music by Story Mechanics.

    • 49 min
    Leslie Vosshall on Designer Mosquitoes and Dude Walls

    Leslie Vosshall on Designer Mosquitoes and Dude Walls

    Leslie Vosshall, professor of neurogenetics and behavior at the Rockefeller University, speaks with host Steven Strogatz about her research into how to make a less deadly mosquito. After she shares her thoughts on “dude walls” — the arrayed portraits of white men that often decorate academic institutions — he is moved to action at his own university to foster a more inclusive educational environment. This episode was produced by Camille Petersen and Ellen Horne. Read more at QuantaMagazine.org. Production and original music in this episode by Story Mechanics.

    • 58 min
    Alex Kontorovich on the Absolute Truth of Pure Math

    Alex Kontorovich on the Absolute Truth of Pure Math

    Alex Kontorovich, professor of mathematics at Rutgers University, speaks with host Steven Strogatz about the intellectual satisfactions of spherical geometry and about finding his creative freedom during an intimidating collaboration with Jean Bourgain, a giant of modern mathematics. This episode was produced by Camille Petersen. Read more at QuantaMagazine.org. Original music and production by Story Mechanics.

    • 57 min
    Priya Natarajan on Black Holes and Mapping the Universe

    Priya Natarajan on Black Holes and Mapping the Universe

    In this episode, Priya Natarajan, professor of astronomy and physics at Yale University, speaks with Steven Strogatz about her lifelong fascinations, including black holes, mapping the universe and early personal computers. This episode was produced by Dana Bialek. Read more at QuantaMagazine.org. Music and production is by Story Mechanics.

    • 1h 5 min
    Podcast Preview: Introducing The Joy of x

    Podcast Preview: Introducing The Joy of x

    Hosted by Steven Strogatz, a mathematician and author, each episode is a window into the inner world of a top-tier scientist or mathematician. Guests come from diverse disciplines, running the spectrum from neurobiology to astrophysics. Each conversation illuminates the scientist's own research, while also shining light on more universal themes like creativity, collaboration or navigating professional challenges. Read more at QuantaMagazine.org. Music and production is by Story Mechanics.

    • 2 min

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