13 episodes

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

    • Science

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

    Moon Duchin on Fair Voting and Random Walks

    Moon Duchin on Fair Voting and Random Walks

    Moon Duchin, a professor of mathematics at Tufts University, uses metric geometry to help defend democracy against the threat posed by gerrymandering. But as she discusses with host Steven Strogatz, the problem of fair voting in a representative democracy can’t simply be reduced to an objective function. This episode was produced by Dana Bialek. Read more at Quantamagazine.org. Production and original music by Story Mechanics. This episode was produced by Dana Bialek. Read more at Quantamagazine.org. Production and original music by Story Mechanics.

    • 50 min
    Brian Keating’s Quest for the Origin of the Universe

    Brian Keating’s Quest for the Origin of the Universe

    Imagine knowing that a discovery you’ve made will bring you a Nobel Prize … only to suddenly learn that it was based on an error. In 2014, Brian Keating, a professor at the Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences at the University of California, San Diego, led a team that reported finding one of cosmology’s most treasured secrets: proof of the theory of cosmic inflation. But a few months later, they had to withdraw their claim as flawed. Keating talked to host Steven Strogatz about why he chases the universe’s greatest mysteries and what it was like to have a major discovery slip out of his grasp. This episode was produced by Camille Peterson. Read more at QuantaMagazine.org. Production and original music by Story Mechanics.

    • 41 min
    Rebecca Goldin and Brian Nosek on Hard Truths in Math and Psychology

    Rebecca Goldin and Brian Nosek on Hard Truths in Math and Psychology

    This week host Steven Strogatz speaks with two scientists whose searches for truth landed them squarely on the front lines of controversy. Rebecca Goldin, a professor of mathematical sciences at George Mason University, infuriated much of the public by making a statistically sound but unpopular argument about the safety benefits of breastfeeding. Brian Nosek, a professor of psychology at the University of Virginia, revealed that many cherished findings in his field couldn’t be scientifically replicated. This episode was produced by Camille Petersen. Read more at QuantaMagazine.org. Production and original music by Story Mechanics.

    • 46 min
    Cori Bargmann on the Genetics of Transparent Worms, Supertasters and Cancer

    Cori Bargmann on the Genetics of Transparent Worms, Supertasters and Cancer

    Cori Bargmann is a professor of genetics and genomics, neurosciences and behavior at Rockefeller University. But to host Steven Strogatz, Bargmann’s work is really all about the line between life and nonlife, and what makes it possible for something to sense its surroundings, think and respond. In this episode, Bargmann talks about being won over by a transparent worm, doing calculations at the family dinner table, and identifying a mutated gene that later inspired a revolutionary cancer treatment. This episode was produced by Camille Petersen. Read more at QuantaMagazine.org. Production and original music by Story Mechanics.

    • 53 min
    Tadashi Tokieda’s Special Kind of Magic

    Tadashi Tokieda’s Special Kind of Magic

    The mathematician Tadashi Tokieda loves to explore the special mathematical and physical properties of the simple objects that he calls “toys” — and he’s passionate about sharing what they can teach us about the world. In this episode, he takes host Steven Strogatz on a conversational tour of some of his toys’ surprises and talks about his life as an artist and classical philologist before he became a professor of mathematics at Stanford University. This episode was produced by Dana Bialek. Read more at QuantaMagazine.org. Production and original music by Story Mechanics.

    • 51 min
    Janna Levin on Seeing and Hearing Black Holes

    Janna Levin on Seeing and Hearing Black Holes

    Black holes have always fascinated Janna Levin. In this episode, the Barnard College astrophysicist and Pioneer Works science director describes the fierce scientific beauty and poetry she finds in them. She also talks with host Steven Strogatz about the importance of extreme creativity in scientific discovery, and why she took a major risk early in her career. This episode was produced by Dana Bialek. Read more at QuantaMagazine.org. Production and original music by Story Mechanics.

    • 54 min

Top Podcasts In Science

Listeners Also Subscribed To