Steven Strogatz

Mar. 14, 2014

Celebrating Irrational, Transcendental Pi

As we celebrate Pi Day, mathematician Steven Strogatz talks about how the ancients calculated pi—and how you can do it at home.

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Nov. 23, 2012

Steven Strogatz: The Joy Of X

Did you know some infinities are bigger than others? Or that one is equal to .99999999999 repeating? Just a few of the math mysteries in The Joy of X, a new book by Steven Strogatz.

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Oct. 05, 2012

Steven Strogatz: The Joy of X

Did you know some infinities are bigger than others? Or that one is equal to .99999999999 repeating? Just a few of the math mysteries in The Joy of X, a new book by Steven Strogatz.

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Feb. 26, 2010

Steven Strogatz Talks Math

What are the odds? How are we connected? And does it all add up? Steven Strogatz, professor of applied mathematics, joins us to run the numbers.

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Jan. 25, 2008

Six Degrees

Chances are you've heard of the 'small world' idea of six degrees of separation. But is it correct?

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How Humpbacks Hunt With Bubbles

Humpback whales blow bubbles around schools of fish to concentrate them for easier capture. It's called a bubble net, says David Wiley, research coordinator for Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, and it's visible as a ring of bubbles at the surface. Now, with underwater digital tracking tags and custom visualization software, whale researchers can see what the whales are doing underwater when they're bubble-netting.

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