Dr. Steven Strogatz | National Math Festival

Dr. Steven Strogatz

Cornell University

Dr. Steven Strogatz has blogged about math for the New York Times and has been a frequent guest on Radiolab and Science Friday. His latest book, Infinite Powers, was a New York Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the 2019 Royal Society Science Book Prize.

A renowned teacher and communicator, Strogatz is a professor of applied mathematics at Cornell University. His podcast with Quanta Magazine, The Joy of X, opens a window into the inner worlds of top-tier scientists and mathematicians while shining light on universal themes such as creativity, collaboration, and navigating professional challenges.

2021 Festival

Infinite Powers: The Story of Calculus

Everyone has heard of calculus, but why is it so important? In this talk, Dr. Strogatz will try to clarify the fantastic idea at the heart of calculus. With the help of pictures and stories, he’ll trace where calculus came from and then show how it – in partnership with medicine, philosophy, science, and technology – reshaped the course of civilization and helped make the world modern. This talk is intended for everyone, whether you’ve taken calculus or not, and whether you like math or not. By the end, he hopes to convince you that calculus is one of the greatest triumphs of human creativity ever.