In the spring of 2010, Steven Strogatz, Cornell's Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Applied Mathematics, wrote a fifteen-part series on the elements of math, from basic to baffling, for The New York Times. To his surprise--and his editor's--each piece climbed the most e-mailed list and elicited hundreds of appreciative comments.

In this talk, Strogatz will describe his adventures in bringing math to the masses and will offer a preview of his new book, The Joy of X: A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity, as well as his sequel series for the Times this fall.

A renowned teacher, one of the world's most highly cited mathematicians, and a frequent guest on NPR's RadioLab, Strogatz has received numerous awards for his research, teaching, and public service, including a Communications Award from the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics (2007) for lifetime achievement in the communication of mathematics to the general public.