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The Joy of x Podcast


John Urschel: From NFL Player to Mathematician

John Urschel, who retired from playing professional football with the Baltimore Ravens to become a mathematician, talks to host Steven Strogatz about the fascinations of graph theory that lured him away from the NFL.


Corina Tarnita and the Deep Mathematics of Social Insects

The mathematical biologist Corina Tarnita explains to host Steven Strogatz how quantitative modeling solved the mystery of fairy circles.


Robbert Dijkgraaf on Exploring Quantum Reality

The mathematical physicist Robbert Dijkgraaf and host Steven Strogatz discuss the frontiers of string theory and why space and time might not be the most fundamental things in the universe.


Leslie Vosshall on Designer Mosquitoes and Dude Walls

Events take an interesting turn after the neurogeneticist Leslie Vosshall speaks with host Steven Strogatz about ways to make mosquitoes less deadly and the obstacles facing educational inclusiveness.


Alex Kontorovich on the Absolute Truth of Pure Math

The mathematician Alex Kontorovich speaks with host Steven Strogatz about regaining his creative freedom in an intimidating collaboration and about the pleasures of spherical geometry.


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.


Podcast Preview: Introducing The Joy of x

Hosted by Steven Strogatz, The Joy of x podcast opens a window into the inner worlds of top-tier scientists and mathematicians while shining light on universal themes like creativity, collaboration or navigating professional challenges.

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