The Joy of x

By Steven Strogatz and Quanta Magazine

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

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Melanie Mitchell Takes AI Research Back to Its Roots
40:59

To build a general artificial intelligence, we may need to know more about our own minds, argues the computer scientist Melanie Mitchell.

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Apr 19, 2021
Trachette Jackson Fights Cancer With Math
42:42

Quantitative models built by the mathematical biologist Trachette Jackson can make cancer therapies safer and more effective.

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Apr 12, 2021
Rediet Abebe on Using Algorithms for Social Justice
43:35

The computer scientist Rediet Abebe’s passion for applied mathematics closely aligns with her passion to solve problems with poverty and social inequality.

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Apr 05, 2021
Federico Ardila on Math, Music and the Space of Possibilities
50:48

The mathematician Federico Ardila takes a creative approach to the search for useful answers hiding among inconceivably huge numbers of possible ones.

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Mar 29, 2021
Sharon Glotzer’s Deep Curiosity About Order From Chaos
48:52

The computational physicist Sharon Glotzer finds unifying principles that structure the chaotic dance of the particles that make up matter.

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Mar 22, 2021
Frank Wilczek on the Strong Force, Quarks and Dark Matter
48:15

The theoretical physicist Frank Wilczek explained what holds atomic nuclei together, and he is still pushing at the limits of what the standard model can tell us.

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Mar 15, 2021
Bonnie Bassler on Talkative Bacteria and Eavesdropping Viruses
39:50

The molecular biologist Bonnie Bassler is deciphering the chemical languages that bacteria use to coordinate their assaults on a host.

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Mar 08, 2021
Neil Shubin on Tiktaalik, Ballistic Tongues and Evolution
47:52

The paleontologist Neil Shubin talks with host Steven Strogatz about hunting for a 375 million-year-old fossil and finding novel traits that evolved many times.

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Mar 02, 2021
Podcast Preview: The Joy of x, Season Two
2:24

Hosted by Steven Strogatz, The Joy of x podcast is back with new episodes that explore the inner worlds of top-tier scientists and mathematicians like Frank Wilczek, Bonnie Bassler and Amie Wilkinson.

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Feb 23, 2021
Moon Duchin on Fair Voting and Random Walks
50:34

Can geometry save democracy from gerrymandering? Mathematician Moon Duchin discusses the possibilities with host Steven Strogatz.

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Apr 07, 2020
Brian Keating’s Quest for the Origin of the Universe
41:24

The astrophysicist Brian Keating talks to host Steven Strogatz about chasing the universe’s greatest mysteries — and what it’s like to have a major discovery slip through his fingers.

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Mar 31, 2020
Rebecca Goldin and Brian Nosek on Hard Truths in Math and Psychology
46:02

The mathematician Rebecca Goldin and the psychology researcher Brian Nosek speak with host Steven Strogatz about what it’s like to be the bearers of unpopular truths.

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Mar 24, 2020
Cori Bargmann on the Genetics of Transparent Worms, Supertasters and Cancer
53:30

The neurogenetics pioneer Cori Bargmann speaks with host Steven Strogatz about why a transparent worm became her favorite animal and how a genetic discovery she made inspired a revolutionary cancer treatment.

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Mar 17, 2020
Tadashi Tokieda’s Special Kind of Magic
51:33

The mathematician Tadashi Tokieda and host Steven Strogatz explore what we can learn about the world from simple “toys” with remarkable physical or mathematical properties.

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Mar 10, 2020
Janna Levin on Seeing and Hearing Black Holes
54:10

The astrophysicist Janna Levin describes the fierce scientific beauty she finds in black holes and reveals why she took a major risk early in her career.

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Mar 03, 2020
John Urschel: From NFL Player to Mathematician
45:07

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.

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Feb 25, 2020
Corina Tarnita and the Deep Mathematics of Social Insects
51:51

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

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Feb 18, 2020
Robbert Dijkgraaf on Exploring Quantum Reality
49:15

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.

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Feb 11, 2020
Leslie Vosshall on Designer Mosquitoes and Dude Walls
58:23

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.

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Feb 04, 2020
Alex Kontorovich on the Absolute Truth of Pure Math
57:56

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.

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Jan 28, 2020
Priya Natarajan on Black Holes and Mapping the Universe
1:05:33

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.

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Jan 22, 2020
Podcast Preview: Introducing The Joy of x
2:47

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.

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Jan 15, 2020